Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Logo
Apply to SIUE

Honors Program
banner 1



The faculty who teach in SIUE's Honors Program represent a diverse body of scholars who combine their passion for teaching, academic knowledge, and commitment to Honors education to create small, seminar-style courses to challenge and stimulate high-acheiving students. Through their research, publications, and extensive teaching experience, SIUE's Honors faculty guide Honors students through semester-long courses that engage students' capacity for critical thinking and creative problem solving across a broad variety of displplnes. 

Information for Faculty

For faculty wishing to become involved with SIUE's Honors Program, the benefits are numerous. Honors courses offer faculty an opportunity to teach some of the most enthusiastic, intellecutually-curious, high performing students that SIUE has to offer in a setting that allows for small, seminar-style courses that explore challenging topics. For more information, please refer to the Faculty Resources section.

Faculty Profiles


  • Dr. Johanna Schmitz, Ph.D., Department of Theater and Dance

 Dr. Johanna Schmitz

Dr. Johanna Schmitz teaches in SIUE's Department of Theater and Dance, and recieved her Ph.D. from The University of California-Davis in 2001. Interested in the intersections of history, literature, and criticism, Dr. Schmitz will be teaching the Honors 120 course "Performance and Performance Art" in the Fall of 2015, which explores theatrical forms, dialogue on current theatrical innovations, and everyday interactions between "real life" and the "theatrical". More information about Dr. Scmitz course can be found here.

  • Eric W. Ruckh, Ph.D., Department of History, Honors Director

Dr. Eric W. Ruckh

 Dr. Eric W. Ruckh is the Director of the Honors Program at SIUE, and an Associate Professor in SIUE's Department of History. He recieved his Ph.D. in History from the University of California Irvine in 1997, and is interested in Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History, Critical Theory, Philosophy of History, Modern France, and Friendship. Dr. Ruckh will be teaching Honors 120 "'The World Is Too Much with Us:' Self, World, History" in the Fall of 2015. This course will examine our relationships, interactions, and perceptions of everyday objects, with an aim to "see how we are embedded in structurs and networks that link us to the most distant parts of the world and the deep architecture of time." More information on this course can be found by clicking here

  • Dr. Linda Omondi, School of Nursing

Dr. Linda Omandi 

Dr. Linda Omandi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at SIUE, and will be teaching Honors 120 "Healt Policy, Health Reform, and the U.S. Health System." This course examines the U.S. health care system in a variety of ways, from the health care finances, access and equality, to the various health professionals and organizations that create the health care landscape in the U.S. More information on Dr. Omondi's course can be found here.

  • Dr. Matthew Shunke, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy

Dr. Matt Schunke

Dr. Matthew Schunke is an Associate Professor of Philsophy and recieved his Ph.D. from Rice University in 2009. In the Fall of 2015, Dr. Shunke will be teaching Honors 120 "How Can I Be Happy?" which examines students' fundamental conception of what happiness is. Is it an emotion, a way of life, the focus of our lives? Find out more information (and perhaps the key to happiness) by clicking here

  • Dr. Rowena McClinton, Ph.D., Department of History

Dr. McClinton 

Dr. Rowena McClinton is a Professor of History at SIUE, and recieved her Ph.D. from the Unviersity of Kentucky. In the Fall of 2015, Dr. McClinton will be teaching Honors 120 "Faulkner and Southern History" which aims to examine the American South from before the Civil War to the early twentieth century through the literature of William Faulkner. More information can be found by clicking here.

  • Dr. Sonia Zamanou-Erickson, Ph.D., Department of Speech Communication

Dr. Sonia Zamanou-Erickson 

Dr. Sonia Zamanou-Erickson is an Associate Professor of Applied Communication Studeies. For the Fall of 2015, Dr. Zamanou-Erickson is teaching Honors 120 "Living and Suceeding in a Multicultural Society" which seeks to expose students to issues of diversity, give them an understanding of empathy for others' points of view and cultural experiences, and to move them to acceptance of and apprecaiation of differences. For more information on this course, click here

  • Dr. Catherine Seltzer, Ph.D., Department of English

Dr. Seltzer

Dr. Catherine Setlzer is an Associate Professor of English and recieved her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. For the Fall of 2015, Dr. Seltzer is teaching Honors 120 "The Autobiographical Self", which examines the autobiographical impulse and its role in contemporary American culture. For more information on Dr. Seltzer's course, click here.

  • Dr. Therese Poirie, School of Pharmacy

Dr. Poirier

Dr. Therese Poirie is a Senior Research Professor of Pharmacy at SIUE, specializing in Pharmacotheraphy. For the Fall of 2015, Dr. Poirie is teaching Honors 320 "Persepctives of Health through Literature and the Media", which seeks to explore interdisciplinary perspectives on health and illness through an exploration of literature and various media. For more information on Dr. Poirie's course, click here.

  • Dr. Robert Bruce Ware, Ph.D., Department of Philsophy is a Professor of Philsophy at SIUE, and recieved his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1995. For the Fall of 2015, Dr. Ware will be teaching Honors 320 "A Theory of Everything as Nothing" which seeks to simultaniously exanimes the intersection of modern philsophy and physics. More information on this course can be found by clicking here

facebookoff twitteroff vineoff linkedinoff flickeroff instagramoff socialoff