Honors Faculty

The following Roanoke College faculty teach and/or advise Honors Program students who entered the program prior to 2014. Additional faculty members will be charged with teaching and advising students in the new Honors Program curriculum beginning in fall 2014.

Michael A. Hakkenberg, Director of Honors Program, Professor of History

Education:

  • Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkley 1989
  • M.A., History, University of California, Berkley 1982
  • B.A., History, Calvin College 1980

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Plenary Enrichment Program
  • The Freshman Experience

Catherine A. Sarisky, Associate Director of Honors Program, Associate Professor of Chemistry 

Education:

  • Ph.D., M.S., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Chemistry, New College of The University of South Florida

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Plenary Enrichment Program
  • The Freshman Experience
  • Medical Evidence

Paul R. Hinlicky, Professor of Lutheran Studies

Education:

  • B.A., Concordia Senior College
  • M Div., Christ Seminary-Seminex
  • Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Contemporary Challenges

 

Katherine A. Hoffman, Professor of English

Education:

  • BA, Carleton College
  • MA, PhD, Northwestern University

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Topics- Utopian Fiction

 

Jane Long, Professor of Art History

Education:

  • BA, Brown University
  • MA, PhD, Columbia University

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Human Journey I

 

Gerald R. McDermott, Professor of Religion

Education:

  • BA, University of Chicago
  • BS, North Dakota State University
  • MRE, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
  • PhD, University of Iowa

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Values Practicum

 

Jan G. Minton , Teaching Associate in Mathematics

Education:

  • M.S., Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University 1979
  • B.S., Mathematics, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1977

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Plenary Enrichment Program, Topics - Mathematics and the Arts

 

Edward Nik-Khah, Assistant Professor of Economics

Education:

  • BA, Rockhurst University
  • MA, PhD, University of Notre Dame

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Political Economy in the Age of Information

 

Leonard D. Pysh, Associate Professor of Biology

Education:

  • Ph.D., Biology, University of California, San Diego 1994
  • A.B., Biology, Wabash College 1988

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Plenary Enrichment Program

Deborah H. Selby, Teaching Associate in English

Education:

  • M.A., Theater Arts, Saint Louis University 1979
  • B.A., Theater, McMurry College 1973

Honors Courses Taught:

  • The Human Journey II

 

John K. Steehler, Professor of Chemistry

Education:

  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Wisconsin 1984
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Ohio State University 1977

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Plenary Enrichment Program
  • Topics – Human Impact of Technology

 

Lynn K. Talbot, Professor of Spanish

Education:

  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Wisconsin 1982
  • M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College 1974
  • B.A., International Relations and Spanish, University of California, Davis 1973

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Contemporary Challenges

 

Robert A. Willingham, Assistant Professor of History

Education:

  • M.A., History, Purdue University
  • B.A., Fort Lewis College

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Human Journey II

 

Ned P. Wisnefske, Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Education:

  • Ph.D., Theology, University of Chicago 1987
  • M.Div., Yale University Divinity School 1979
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin 1975

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Values Practicum

 

Hans M. Zorn, Professor of Philosophy

Education:

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Notre Dame 1989
  • M.A., Philosophy, Saint Louis University 1981
  • M.Div., Christ Seminary-Seminex 1981
  • B.A., Philosophy and Humnaities, Valparaiso University 1977

Honors Courses Taught:

  • Plenary Enrichment Program
  • Values Practicum