Honors Faculty

Honors College faculty work daily to ensure they provide unique courses at Purdue. Click on the person’s name to find their contact information.

Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP


Rhonda Phillips is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining educational, research and engagement opportunities in experiential, transformative environments. She provides interdisciplinary teaching and research experience across a range of diverse topics, including sustainability, community well-being, economic development and planning, and world urbanism. Rhonda joined Purdue in 2013, the inaugural year of the Honors College, from Arizona State University where she served as Associate Dean for Barrett...Read more

Dr. Emily Allen

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Emily Allen is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Purdue's Honors College, a position that allows her to work with undergraduates from all over the university. She is also Associate Professor in the English Department, where her primary scholarly area is nineteenth-century British literature and culture, particularly the novel... Read more

Dr. Diane Facinelli

Assistant Dean for Recruitment & Admission

Dr. Diane Facinelli was a faculty member in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University from 1993 to 2014. She was the first recipient of ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring and has been a finalist for the Professor of the Year Award... Read more

Dr. Kristina Bross

Associate Dean For Research & Creative Endeavors

Kristina Bross is a member of Purdue’s Teaching Academy and is enrolled in the Book of Great Teachers. She is a recipient of the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, received a Center for Undergraduate Instructional Excellence (CUIE) fellowship and was a Service-Learning Faculty fellow. She... Read more

Dr. Heather Servaty-Seib

Associate Dean for Student Life

The Division of Student Life champions the Honors College commitment to the personal and professional growth of the whole student. Through emphasis on inclusion, belongingness, support, and self-awareness, the division offers engaging and individualized services and impactful programming that fosters community, self-authorship, and student success. Dr. Heather Servaty-Seib is also Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Educational Studies Department of the College of Education. Read more

Dr. Natasha Duncan

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Honors Study Away Programs

Dr. Natasha Duncan comes to the Honors College with experience teaching honors courses and directing the Honors Program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She is a political scientist by training and teaches courses that examine the international relations among states and non-state actors. She is particularly interested in international migration... Read more

Dr. Megha Anwer

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Diversity & Global Awareness

Megha Anwer received her Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2015. Her dissertation project "Navigating the Necropolis" explores the criminal and terroristic narratives of the city, and investigates the mobility practices of marginal populations as they navigate the violent city... Read more

Dr. Liz Brite

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Engaged Learning

Liz Brite earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Prior to her appointment in the Purdue Honors College, she served as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Honors College at Auburn University, where she taught classes in sustainability, anthropology, and Central Asian studies. Read more

Dr. Katie Jarriel

Clinical Assistant Professor

Katie Jarriel joins the Honors College as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Fall 2018, where she is also serving as Faculty Honors Preceptor for Silver House. She recently completed her PhD in Classical Archaeology at Cornell University. Her dissertation is titled Small Worlds After All? Landscape and Community Interaction in the Cycladic Bronze Age...

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Dr. Dwaine Jengelley

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Visiting Scholar Program

Dwaine Jengelley’s research focuses on communication in matters of international security. Currently, he examines the prominence of counterterrorism stories in the mainstream print media and the tone of news coverage... Read more

Dr. J. Peter Moore

Clinical Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Honors Mentor Program

J. Peter Moore is a literary critic, poet and editor, working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, including linguistics, architecture, visual arts and black studies. He received his PhD in English at Duke University (completing the certificate in African and African American Studies), his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas...

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Dr. Jason Parry

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Before joining Purdue University as a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow, Jason Parry received his Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University. His current book project is a study of the role of digital technologies in the reconstruction of human rights abuses. He has additional research interests in theories of sustainable...

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Dr. Nathan Swanson

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Dr. Nathan Swanson is a political and cultural geographer whose research is focused in three areas: (1) geopolitics of everyday life, (2) public space and power, and (3) critical cartography and counter-mapping (as a member of the Counter-Cartographies Collective). Dr. Swanson completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina...Read more

Dr. Zahra Tehrani

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Grants

Zahra Tehrani earned her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011. Her doctoral research aimed to understand how pancreatic insulin-producing cells develop in the early embryo... Read more

Dr. Jason Ware

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Faculty Honors Preceptors Program

Jason earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Prior to his Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow appointment within Purdue’s Honors College and Residences, Jason was a lecturer in the University’s College of Education and a faculty developer within the Center for Instructional Excellence... Read more

Dr. Adam Watkins

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Honors Mentor Program

Adam Edward Watkins has taught composition at Purdue for seven years, receiving several awards for his teaching and pedagogical development along the way. He earned a Ph.D. in Literary Studies at Purdue as well as an MFA in Creative Writing... Read more

Dr. Lindsay Weinberg

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Lindsay Weinberg is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovative Studies with the Honors College and Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of media studies, feminist theory, and critical political economy, with an emphasis on digital culture and the history of technology and design. She received her Ph.D. from... Read more