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 is committed to “value-added” learning experiences, combining educational, research, and engagement opportunities. She provides interdisciplinary teaching and research experience across a range of diverse topics, including sustainability, community well-being, 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 Global Affairs & Clinical Professor

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 and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Brite

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Engaged Learning

Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Prior to her appointment in Purdue’s 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. Adam Watkins

Clinical Assistant Professor and Diretor of 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. Dwaine Jengelley

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Honors Preceptor Program

His research focuses on international terrorism, with a particular emphasis on terrorism, counter-terrorism, and the media. His current research examines the content of counterterrorism stories published in The Washington Post over a 30-year period... Read more

Dr. Zahra Tehrani

Clinical Assistant Professor and 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 research has focused on the molecular signals guiding the formation of pancreatic insulin-producing cells during embryonic development... Read more

Dr. Jason Ware

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Director of Assessed Learning

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

Dr. Megha Anwer

Honors Lecturer and Director of Diversity and 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. Natasha Duncan

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Honors Study Abroad Programs

Dr. J. Peter Moore

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Assistant Director of Honors Mentor Program

Purdue University Honors College, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906 • Phone: (765) 494-2929, Fax: (765) 494-2960

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