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Our Team

The University Honors Program (UHP) encourages students to grow in the intellectual craft of scholarship and to reach their full potential as scholarly, competent and fulfilled leaders.

Dr. Sara LulyDr. Sara Luly - Faculty Director

Dr. Sara Luly is an Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages. She joined K-State in Fall 2011 after completing her PhD at The Ohio State University. Dr. Luly’s research focuses on late 18th and early 19th century German literature and culture, with an emphasis on German Romanticism, Gender Studies, and the intersection of literature and theories of medicine.  Dr. Luly enjoys teaching courses on German Gothic literature and German fairy-tales, as well as all levels of language courses. She has served as both the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Outreach in the Department of Modern Languages and is an affiliated member of the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies.


Jim Hohenbary
Mr. James Hohenbary - Associate Director

Jim Hohenbary earned his B.A and M.A in English Literature from Truman State University and Kansas State University respectively, both with an emphasis in creative writing.  His poem, The Witch, was published in the Fall 2010 issue of Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and most recently, he is the author of the novel, Before the Ruins (2019).  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.


Instructors for UHP 189: Honors First-Year Seminar

Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski

photo of Dr. Slawomir DobrzanskiDr. Sławomir Dobrzański currently serves as Professor of Piano at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Kansas State University. Previously, he was a piano faculty member at the University of Rhode Island and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Many of his former piano students are currently pursuing artistic and academic careers all over the world, across North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Many have become highly successful soloists and chamber musicians, often while serving simultaneously on the music faculties of colleges, music conservatories, and community music schools.
A versatile pianist with a broad repertoire, Sławomir Dobrzański frequently performs a soloist and chamber musician Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and the University of Connecticut. Dobrzański released several world-premiere recordings of piano music by Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831), Anton de Kontski (1816-1899), and Wiktor Labunski (1895-1974), published by the London-based label Acte Prealable. He is also an author of the first biography of Maria Szymanowska in the English language, as well as many research articles on the topics of unknown composers and forgotten piano repertoire. Recently, the pianist was honored with the title of “Meritorious for National Culture” by the Government of the Republic of Poland. For more information, please visit: www.dobrzanski.weebly.com 

Dr. Justin Kastner

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. Sara Kearns

photo of Sara KearnsSara K. Kearns is a professor in the Libraries at Kansas State University. She is the humanities librarian, which means she works with students, faculty and staff in areas that currently include: American Ethnic Studies, English, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, History, and Modern Languages. An Army brat whose parents dragged she and her siblings to historical sites across the U.S., she loves “reading” old stuff. Old stuff includes written documents, photographs, maps, buildings. clothing … basically, anything that had meaning or utility when created and that, when we read it now, can help historical events and today make more sense. Dr. Kearns is committed to equity and inclusion, seeking “old stuff” from many cultures and that allow historically underrepresented or silenced voices to be heard. Dr. Kearns earned her B.A. in English at K-State (and was part of a long ago honors program even then!), her Master’s of Library Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at K-State. Her research generally focuses on learning how people find and use information.

Dr. Jeremy Marshall

photo of Dr. Jeremy MarshallDr. 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.

Dr. Lisa Rubin

photo of Lisa RubinDr. Rubin is an Associate Professor in the College of Education, supporting the College Student Development and Academic Advising masters programs, and the Student Affairs in Higher Education and Leadership in Academic Advising doctoral programs. She serves as Co-Editor of the NACADA Journal and on the editorial boards of Journal of Higher Education Athletics and Innovation, Journal of Athlete Development and Experience, Journal of Student-Athlete Educational Development and Success, Journal of Amateur Sport, and Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. Active in the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), Dr. Rubin is a recipient of the 2020 Research Award, 2019 Professional Excellence Award, and 2009 Professional Promise Award. She received the Big 12 Faculty Fellowship and the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant in 2018. She was named one of the Top 25 Woman Leaders in Higher Education and Beyond by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2017. Dr. Rubin earned her B.S. in Advertising and M.Ed. in Kinesiology-Sport Management from The University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a fitness instructor at a local studio, and is married to Eric, an avid cyclist.

Kathrine Schlageck

Kathrine SchlageckKathrine Schlageck has served as the Associate Curator of Education at the Beach Museum of Art since 1995, creating educational programming for all ages. 
Her areas of expertise include art integration, curriculum development and visual literacy.  She is a trained Visual Thinking Strategies coach, served as a K-State Civic Engagement Fellow in 2019/2020, and won an award from KAWSE for her work integrating art with science, technology and math.

Elizabeth Seaton

photo of Elizabeth Seaton Curator Elizabeth Seaton has been with the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University since 2003. Previously Seaton worked in the museum education department of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000-2003) and as a curator at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (1994-1996).Seaton received her MA/PhD in art history from Northwestern University in 2000. Her research interests include American printmaking, US government patronage of the arts, and American art between the two world wars.
Seaton has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Beach Museum of Art’s 2005-2008 traveling exhibition, “Paths to the Press: Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960” and 2015-2017 traveling exhibition “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists.” She is a co-author of the catalogues for these exhibitions and author of WPA Federal Art Project Printmaking in California (San Francisco: Book Club of California, 2005). An exhibition catalogue, John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within, has just been published. Seaton was raised in Winfield, Kansas, and has lived with her husband and daughter in the Flint Hills of Wabaunsee County, Kansas, for eighteen years.

Dr. Deepak Subramony

photo of Dr. Deepak SubramonyDr. Deepak Subramony is Professor and Coordinator of Educational Technology (ET) Graduate Programs at K-State's College of Education. He is also Past-President of the Culture, Learning, and Technology (CLT) Division for the Association of Educational Communications Technology (AECT). His areas of scholarly interest include social/cultural issues in ET, equitable access to ET, the impact of ET on minority and non-Western learners, as well as culturally cognizant ET practice and change management. He holds a Master's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He taught at Utah State University and Grand Valley State University (Mich.) prior to arriving at K-State in 2015.

University Honors Program Libraries Liason

Sara K. Kearns


College Coordinators

College coordinators are faculty within each college who oversee implementation of the program in their field. They help us tailor the requirements for each college so that we can offer academically relevant, enriching, & scholarly activities and experiences to every single student in the program.

College of Agriculture

Daniel Moser, associate dean and professor, academic programs

117 Waters Hall
785-532-6151 |dmoser@k-state.edu

College of Architecture, Planning, and Design

Rachel Robillard, academic advisor, Office of Student and Academic Services

1127 Regnier Hall
785-532-2426 | rjack@k-state.edu

College of Arts and Sciences

Scott Tanona, associate dean and professor, Department of Philosophy

208B Dickens Hall
785-532-6900 | stanona@k-state.edu

College of Business Administration

Tareque Nasser, associate professor, Department of Finance

3006 Business Building
785-532-4375 | tnasser@k-state.edu

College of Education

Kelly Briggs, advisor, Center for Student and Professional Service

013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5524 | kbriggs10@k-state.edu

College of Engineering

Gary Clarksenior associate dean and professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

1046 Rathbone Hall
785-532-5590 | gac@k-state.edu

College of Health and Human Sciences

Shawna Jordan, assistant dean and assistant professor, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

119B Justin Hall
785-532-5500 | jordan@k-state.edu