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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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Steve DandaneauDr. Steven Dandaneau - Interim Program Director

Steven P. Dandaneau, Ph.D., has served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies since August, 2012 and as Interim Director of the University Honors Program since June 2016. You can learn more about his work as Vice Provost at Undergraduate Studies.

Dandaneau is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. He received his B.A. in economics (1986) from Michigan State University and his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) in sociology from Brandeis University. His areas of specialization are community sociology, social theory, political economy, and undergraduate education. His publications include three books, A Town AbandonedFlint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization (SUNY, 1996), A Wrong LifeStudies in Lifeworld-Grounded Critical Theory (with Maude Falcone, JAI, 1998), and Taking It BigDeveloping Sociological Consciousness in Postmodern Times (Pine Forge, 2001). His most recent publication is “Leadership and the Land-Grants: The Case of Milton S. Eisenhower," in Leadership and the Humanities (2017). 

Prior to Kansas State University, Dandaneau served as Associate Provost & Director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars Programs (the latter as founding director) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2006-2012); Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park (2006); and Director of the University Honors & John W. Berry, Sr. Scholars Programs at the University of Dayton (2000-2005).


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.


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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. 


J. PazJoseph Paz - Program Assistant

Joseph is an undergraduate pursing a degree in Secondary Education. During his time at Kansas State, Joseph has been an active member of the KNEA-SP. As an honors student, Joseph has facilitated a book club for the Not Just A Year of Social Justice initiative and participated in an internship focusing on applying technology to classrooms in the local community. Joseph will be serving as a program assistant focused on recruitment activities for the 2017-2018 school year.


Instructors for Introduction to the University Honors Program

Dr. Steven Dandaneau

(see bio above) 

Shawna JordanDr. Shawna Jordan

Dr. Shawna Jordan is the Assistant Dean for Student Support in the College of Human Ecology and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health. She teaches a wide variety of courses in athletic training education and has served as the athletic training education program director since 2001. Having 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, she is able to provide her students great insight into the University and all that it has to offer undergraduate students. 


Justin KastnerDr. Justin Kastner

Associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology at Kansas State University (KSU), and a former Truman and Fulbright scholar, Dr. Justin Kastner (PhD, University of Guelph; PgDip, University of Edinburgh; MSc, London South Bank University; BS and minor, KSU) co-directs the federally funded Frontier program. He also directed the University Honors Program from 2013-16 and continues to actively contribute to the UHP. The author of Food and Agriculture Security: An Historical, Multidisciplinary Approach (ABC-CLIO, 2010), his scholarly interests include the history of public health, international trade policy, cross-border cooperation, and multidisciplinary research and writing. 

Dr. Kastner teaches Multidisciplinary Thought & Presentation; Trade and Agricultural Health; Globalization, Cooperation, and the Food Trade; Scholarship in a Busy Age; as well as Introduction to the University Honors Program. An ordained Anglican minister, the Rev. Dr. Kastner also serves as pastor for Trinity Canton Church (Churches for the Sake of Others,Anglican Church in North America) and, with his wife Susie, serves as co-director for the AlphaUSA Flint Hills region, providing leadership for the Alpha course, a practical introduction to the Christian faith run by major denominations worldwide. He and Susie have two children, Ian (10) and Sally (5), and live in Manhattan.


kariDr. Kari Wallentine

Dr. Kari Wallentine graduated from Kansas State University with her Bachelors (1999), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2003), and Masters (2008) degrees. Her scholarly interests include veterinary medicine, animal behavior and welfare, the human-animal bond, public health, and multidisciplinary research and cooperation. She has taught (or co-taught) several courses (ASI 655, ASI 540, DMP 680/880, and KIN110/HN110/DMP110) at K-State over the years as well as delivered guest lectures to undergraduate and veterinary students. Currently, she co-teaches DMP 815, Multidisciplinary Thought and Presentation, and assists with the undergraduate University Honors Program course. Dr. Wallentine enjoys helping students learn, but working at K-State is only a part-time gig; her full-time job is a stay-at-home-mom. She loves time spent with her husband (Todd) and daughter (Sophia). If she finds excess time, she also enjoys doing arts/crafts, exercising, cooking, reading, and watching movies.


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.