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Who Are We?

The University Honors Program, or the UHP, encourages students to grow in the intellectual craft of scholarship. Through cultural and performing arts events, skill-development workshops, travel opportunities and challenging course work, UHP students develop intellectual curiosity about the world, its wonders and its complexity. The UHP challenges students to reach their full potential as scholarly, competent and fulfilled leaders.

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Jim HohenbaryMr. James Hohenbary - Associate Director

Jim Hohenbary earned his B.A. in English Literature from Truman State University and his M.A. in English Literature, with a Creative Writing emphasis, from Kansas State University. Hohenbary began his professional career at Kansas State University as an academic advisor for Open Option students, but since 2000, he has been the primary contact for K-State students interested in nationally competitive scholarships. You can learn more about his work with scholarship competitors at the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships. As the Associate Director of the University Honors Program, he serves as an additional advising resource for UHP students as they explore how to get the most from their time at K-State and from their participation in the UHP.


Jared Nietfeld - Office Specialist IImissing image

Jared earned a B.S. in Genereal Studies from The University of Kansas and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. He began his career at Kansas State in the spring of 2017 and moved to his current role with the University Honors Program the following semester. 


Anna PAnna Pyle - Program Assistant

Anna is a fifth-year student majoring in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business. She joined the UHP in Fall 2013 and started in the role of Program Assistant in August 2017. After graduation, she hopes to design logistics for disaster relief organizations, in order to facilitate the efficient movement of supplies to affected areas, or to attend law school. In her spare time, Anna enjoys playing volleyball and hammocking on campus. 


Instructors for UHP 189: Honors First-Year Seminar

Shawna JordanDr. Shawna Jordan

Dr. Shawna Jordan is the Assistant Dean for Student Support in the College of Human Ecology and an Assistant Professor of athletic training in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health. As assistant dean, she plays a critical role in the success of the undergraduate students within the college, serving as the lead coordinator for the college’s diversity initiatives, providing leadership for international service learning trips and maintaining the college’s scholarships. She is an active member of campus, serving on many committees and boards including: K-State First Advisory Board, KSBN common book steering committee, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, Guide to Personal Success Mentor and the University Honors Program.

Dr. Jordan’s research is prevalent to both her athletic training background and her current position in the dean’s office. As a certified athletic trainer, her research ranges from traumatic brain injuries to injury prevalence. As assistant dean, her research focuses include student development and student success as well as the role of education abroad and the effects on intercultural development. Dr. Jordan earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from Kansas State University (1996), and M.S. in Education from the University of Kansas (1998) and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.


Justin KastnerDr. Justin Kastner

An associate professor at Kansas State University (KSU), former honors program director, ordained Anglican minister, and current president for KSU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the Rev. Dr. Justin Kastner enjoys helping others in their academic, career, and life development.  Offering holistic perspectives to both pedagogical innovation and mentoring efforts, he is actively involved in several academic units at KSU (e.g., the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Food Science Institute, the Master of Public Health program, K-State Olathe, and K-State’s Global Campus), co-directs the Frontier program (mantra: “crossing disciplinary borders”), and serves as pastor for a purposefully informal Christian community (Trinity Canton Church).  Dr. Kastner holds graduate degrees from the United Kingdom and Canada, and he teaches and publishes in several domains: the global food system and international trade policy, economic history and the history of science, the history of public health, globalization and cross-border cooperation, multidisciplinary thinking and writing, and the theory and practice of interdisciplinary scholarship.  An outspoken advocate for EndNote, Rock-a-Belly Deli, and (since 1984!) breakdancing, Dr. Kastner lives in Manhattan with his wife Susie, son Ian, and daughter Sally.   


Dr. Michelle Toewsphoto of Michelle Toews

Michelle Toews is the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. Her main research interests include healthy adolescent relationships, relationship education, dating violence, violence prevention, and adolescent parents' co-parenting relationships. She has published and presented numerous papers in these areas. In addition, Dr. Toews has received over $11 million from the Administration for Children and Families to develop, implement, and evaluate relationship education programs for vulnerable youth. Prior to joining K-State, she taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses, including family relationships, family diversity, cultural diversity, working with families under stress, sexuality across the lifespan, family life education, and research methods to name a few.


Dr. Brad BurenheidePhoto of Brad Burenheide

Brad Burenheide is a life-long Kansan. He has studied History Education at Hutchinson Community College and Ottawa University. He earned and M.L.S in Social Studies from Fort Hays State University and received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. Before attaining his position at KSU, he taught at USD 315 and USD 498. His research interests are in history education, instructional gaming, creative pedagogy and social studies education. He is married to Eileen and they have five children. 


Dr. Jeremy Marshallphoto of Dr. Jeremy Marshall

Dr. Marshall is an evolutionary biologist with training in genetics, ecology, behavior, mathematical modeling, and philosophy.  He double majored in Biology and Chemistry during his undergraduate studies (B.S., Piedmont College), earned a M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Mississippi, and received his Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Marshall has been in the Department of Entomology the past 12 years where he conducts research on the evolution of new species, the dynamics of sexual conflict, and evolutionary game theory.  He teaches several courses on genetics, evolution, and behavior, as well as General Entomology. Dr. Marshall has a passion for undergraduate research and as such, directs an undergraduate research experience for 30 to 50 students every Fall.  At home, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching musicals, math & science documentaries, and space-themed movies.  Lastly, to counteract his love of pizza and late night milk & cookies, Dr. Marshall has started training for Spartan Races, which he fears might be a bad idea.  And btw, his picture is his interpretation of a hungry squirrel that just climbed a tree and spotted a field of Oreo cookies - because even squirrels love Oreos.


Sarah Caldwell Hancockphoto of Sarah Caldwell Hancock

Sarah Caldwell Hancock is communications coordinator for the Office of the Vice President for Research, where she develops strategic communications plans and works on many communication projects including news releases, social media, a weekly newsletter to the K-State research community, websites, and Seek, K-State’s flagship research magazine. Sarah also serves on the Kansas Science Communication Initiative steering committee and is a contributing editor for the Kansas Leadership Center Journal. Sarah is a former magazine editor, instructor of English, and science/technical editor. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and economics and a master’s degree in English from K-State. 


Dr. Joseph UgrinPhoto of Dr. Joe Ugrin

Dr. Joseph Ugrin is an Associate Professor of Accounting, holds the Robin Hagans Maupin Chair in Business, and serves as the College of Business honors coordinator.  He holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in business administration with emphases in accounting and management information systems.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.  He worked in public accounting and corporate management before pursuing a career in education but remains actively engaged in professional organizations like the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.  Dr. Ugrin primarily teaches courses in managerial accounting and accounting information systems.  His research touches on the intersection between psychology and business where he looks at the way people make decisions in a wide range of organizational and educational contexts.  He has won numerous research awards from the academic community and his research has been widely publicized in popular media, particularly his research on ethics and integrity in accounting, and his research on computer misuse and cyberloafing.


Stacey Lhuillierphoto of Stacey Lhuillier

Stacey Lhuillier is an Instructor of General Business in the College of Business.  She serves as the College of Business Honors Instructor for the Business Foundations course, in addition to four other sections of traditional Business Foundations each semester.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Pittsburg State University, in addition to a Bachelors in Business Administration – Marketing emphasis.  She worked as a Financial Planner and held her securities license (Series 6 & 63) for over a decade before pursuing a career in education.   Furthermore, her Business experience extends to entrepreneurial ventures through a family farm, restaurant, controlled shooting area and bed & breakfast management/operations.  Stacey primarily teaches courses in General Business, but works diligently with the Career Development program in the College of Business to be instrumental in this program introduction for entry-level students.  She has been nominated for numerous teaching awards for her unique instructional approach and methods that including “Learning How to Learn” to reinforce concepts and course topics.


University Honors Program Libraries Liason

Adriana Gonzalez

Adriana Gonzalez is an Associate Professor and Department Head of Academic Services with the Kansas State University Libraries. With a dedicated team comprised of 13 faculty librarians representing various disciplines, the majority of her effort is spent on exploring and implementing more robust research and instructional support to the faculty and students. As a First Generation student, Adriana holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to arriving at K-State, Adriana served as the Coordinator of Research Services at Texas A&M University. She also serves as a member of the University Honor Council, which she feels is a wonderful platform for librarians to help educate our students about academic integrity. With a strong research interest in library assessment, and service quality, Adriana holds firm the philosophy that the Libraries is the most vital component to the success of faculty and students. Additionally, she has a growing research interest in first generation students, and leadership studies in particular leader identity development. When not plotting how libraries can take over the world, she is a mother of 3 children, Joseph (20), Matthew (16), and Sara (6). She is addicted to exercise and running, and loves the outdoors.