Tag Archives: Honors Program

Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors!

14 May

The UHP is proud to congratulate the class of 2013 for their amazing achievement!  At this year’s ceremonies, Alex Zafran will be the student speaker for commencement on the National Mall, while Paul Seltzer and Adam Bethke will both be speaking at the CCAS Celebrations.

We’re so proud of your accomplishments and hope that you’ll keep us up-to-date on your future achievements!  Big things are in store for you, and if you ever want to share your stories with UHP students you can drop us a line any time.  And yes, we will be emailing you soon as OFFICIAL ALUMNI! Keep an eye out for us, stay connected with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and once again…..



Senior Year Checklist!

25 Aug

For a lot of you, this is the start of your last year as undergrads!  Make sure to start the year off right!  We’ve put together a little guide for you below to help make sure you’ve got your bases covered.  It’s a good idea for you to make an appointment with Liz or Catherine to make sure you’ll be graduating when you think you are!

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The UHP’s “Vern Article” in the Hatchet

19 Sep

If you haven’t picked up today’s copy of the Hatchet, check out this article online.   We’ve read it already, but have a few things to add (and a touch of correction.)

1) It’s not quite right to say the UHP is eyeing space on the Vern. Rather, the UHP is being eyed by higher administration to expand into space available on the Vern.  That’s why Senior Vice Provost Forrest Maltzman has attended these two Town Hall meetings.  His boss, Provost Lerman (and his boss, President Knapp) want to make a significant investment in the UHP to expand our resources and our reach.  They want us to become a national model.

2) Student opposition to the dual campus plan is focused most strongly on moving optional freshmen year housing to West Hall. There’s a few things to note here.  First, optional Honors housing on the Vern is one small piece of the dual campus plan, so let’s not conflate opposition to housing options with opposition to a dual campus model.  Second, although students generally feel strongly about not moving optional housing — that doesn’t mean they feel it’s that important.  You might hate cilantro, you might feel very strongly that all cilantro should be destroyed and its mention banished from any menu, that doesn’t mean your strong dislike of cilantro is the most important thing to you.  This isn’t meant to belittle the sentiment, but this really is both a normative and positive assertion.  Students should not be choosing to join the 4-year academic program of the UHP because they hope it will guarantee them a spot for one year in the most populated freshmen dorm.  That would be silly. The good thing is, students generally don’t do that. The Hatchet got the data wrong from our freshmen survey — only 5% of incoming freshmen said they would definitely not join the UHP if optional freshmen housing were on the Vern, another 9% said they would probably not. Let’s also remember that it wasn’t that long ago that there was significant student opposition to housing Honors students in Thurston, too.

The article is actually pretty clear about this, but let’s just reiterate that the proposed plan is not a plan to move the UHP to the Vern. Instead, the dual campus plan would give us a presence in Foggy Bottom and on the Vern.  We’d have office space in both locations, students in both locations, faculty in both locations, and courses in both locations.  This is really a new model for integrating the Vern, and we hope that it will be one that provides new opportunities to the UHP and to our students.   And while students have voiced their concerns about different issues, it has always been as part of a continuing conversation about how to identify and develop these opportunities.  We’re fortunate to have such great students.

We’ll have more on this, and we’ll have a forum for students to continue the discussion online soon as well.  In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment here.

You can read the whole article here.

Meet the Professor: Professor Lynette Osborne

20 Sep
Lynette Osborne

Professor Lynette Osborne

Hey everyone!  Since we have this fantastic new blog, I thought I’d introduce myself.

Name and Creds.I’m Dr. Lynette Osborne and I’m starting my fourth year with the UHP at GWU.  I hold a Ph.D. in sociology and women’s studies from Purdue University, an, M.A. in sociology and criminal justice from Old Dominion University, and a B.A. in psychology and sociology from California State University, Chico.

How I came to Honors.  In 2006, I moved to DC for a post doc at the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE).  I found myself missing teaching, however, so I inquired about adjuncting at GW and was welcomed into the UHP community.  After teaching one class a semester during my post doc I was asked to join the faculty as a permanent part time professor in 2007.  In 2009, I was offered a full time Visiting Assistant Professor position that I will have until Dec 2010.

Teaching.  As an Honors professor at GW I have the distinct pleasure of teaching some of the brightest and most inquisitive students I’ve ever encountered.   It’s wonderful to be able to brag to my professor-friends at other universities how my students come to class regularly, do the readings, ask critical and thoughtful questions, work diligently on their projects, and produce incredibly high quality work.

I specialize in teaching courses on gender and in the UHP I lead such amazingly fun and interesting classes as Introduction to Sociology, Gender and Sexuality, Gender, Power, and Politics, Quantitative Reasoning: Sex by the Numbers, Status of Women in the US:  Application of Feminist Theory, Female Delinquency and Crime, and Senior Thesis. I am also developing a course on the Sociology of Love that will be offered in spring 2010.

Service. Service is an important part of being part of an academic program.  Beginning in fall 2009, I have also been asked to lead the Assessment effort in Honors (Assessment Czarina is my unofficial title thanks to Catherine!). In this capacity I will build on the work Dr. Shepherd and I began in spring 2009 by assessing student experiences in the program annually as well as working toward developing quality course assessment tools with professors.  I also engage in campus-level service as the ScholarshipAdvisor for the Alpha Phi fraternity.

Research.In addition to teaching, I hold two research appointments.  My research area is gender and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and to keep myself busy and challenged in the summers I engage in two main research efforts.  First, I am a Project Director at Goodman Research Group, Inc, where I conduct STEM education program evaluations.  Second, I am a Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research where I conductquantitative and qualitative data analysis and am currently writing an NSF grant proposal that, if funded, will allow us to start a project that provides community college academic advisors the tools needed to encourage women to enter STEM majors in terminal-degree programs at the 2-year college level.

While I do maintain positions in other places and enjoy that work, the position that is perfect for me is being a UHP professor.  I am able to share my passion for sociology with students who are interested, engaged, and enjoy being challenged.  It has been and continues to be a great joy to have students tell me that they have selected sociology as their major or minor as a result of the course(s) they have taken with me.  That is,without a doubt, the greatest compliment I receive from students.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know about me, my classes, and/or my research, feel free to email me at LOsborne@gwu.edu.

Meet the Professor: Prof. Robert Shepherd

13 Sep
Professor Robert Shepherd

Professor Robert Shepherd

Professor Shepherd has been affiliated with the Honors Program since 2002, when he began teaching at GW. He teaches courses in the Origins and Self and Society tracks. He came to GW after completing a doctorate in Cultural Studies from George Mason University while team-teaching at the University’s Institute for Educational Transformation (IET). Before his somewhat late return to graduate school, he spent almost a decade living in Asia. During this period he worked with the United Nations Development Program in Beijing, China for three years and in various locations on Java, Indonesia for two years, taught English at Chung Hsing University in Taiwan for two years, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal. This extended time abroad has helped him to better understand the United States and its people from different perspectives, to be wary of simplistic dichotomies such as ‘East’ and ‘West’, and to be willing to accept the fact that universal claims, no matter how attractive, are probably not actually universal.

Dr. Shepherd has an eclectic set of research interests, ranging from micro-level market practices to Daoism. His current research focuses on the relationship between state heritage policies, tourism practices, and development goals, especially in the People’s Republic of China. This has appeared in print in an edited volume, Asia on Tour: the Rise of the Asian Tourist (Routledge, 2008), in the Journal of Contemporary Asia (2006) and most recently in a special issue of Heritage Management (2009). He has previously published essays on the connections between contemporary post-structuralist thought and Daoism in Philosophy East & West (2007), on China’s Falun Gong movement in the International Journal of Cultural Studies (2005), and on vending practices at Washington’s historic Eastern Market (2007, 2009).

You can find Dr. Shepherd in room 303 of the Anthropology Department’s main office at 2110 G Street. This is where you can also find the Anthropology office dog, ‘Domini’, a friendly black Labrador who is always ready for some attention.