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The Honors College Faculty Fellows Program

The Honors College Faculty Fellows Program is designed to promote scholarly research and creative projects, imaginative pedagogy, and interdisciplinary faculty-student engagement in the classroom. Faculty Fellows teach one Honors Colloquium (HONR 3000) per semester, participate in related Honors College functions, and give one public lecture during their fellowship year. Additionally, Honors College Faculty Fellows receive professional development funds from The Honors College to pursue their research and/or creative endeavors.

The Honors College is pleased to announce the Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2015-2016.


Dr. Carol L. Benton, Professor and Program Coordinator of Communication Studies

Professor Benton did her doctoral work in Communication with an emphasis in Performance Studies at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. At UCM she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Interpersonal Communication, Improving Listening, Family Communication, and Nonverbal Communication. In addition, she has provided workshops and trained groups in the area of performance studies and gender/diversity studies. She is the author of published articles, book chapters, and academic papers exploring the performance of personal and intimate narratives as well as mindfulness in intrapersonal and interpersonal interactions. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Benton will explore the difficulties and "dark side" of interpersonal communication and the importance of mindfulness for listening to the self.




Dr. Aqualus Gordon, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

Professor Gordon received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary academic interests include male psychology, sexual psychology, and sports psychology, as well as various intersections of identity and culture. Before coming to UCM he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of New Hampshire, where he specialized in men’s mental health issues. In his HONR 3000 colloquia, Dr. Gordon will examine the complex intersection of masculinity, identity, culture, class, and ethnicity.





Dr. Ashley Wellman, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Professor Wellman holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida (UF). She also received her Forensic Death Investigation Certification through the School of Pharmacy at UF. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of cold case homicide survivors and other victims of violent crime. In addition to her research on the subject, Ashley serves a confidential victim advocate to the UCM community, routinely leads and contributes to campus and community events on sexual assault and dating violence, and has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies with cold case homicide investigations. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Wellman will explore issues of victim advocacy and the injustice of wrongful convictions in the United States.


Details regarding the Fall 2015 Honors Colloquia are available here.

Details regarding the Spring 2016 Honors Colloquia are available here.