Honors Program Faculty

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Meet some of our esteemed Honors faculty.


Christy Tidd

CHRISTY TIDD

Education

Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Indiana University
Associate in Arts, Southwestern Michigan College

Courses Taught

General Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Organizational Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
Positive Psychology
Educational Exploration and Planning

Honors Program Involvement

Professor Tidd teaches honors sections of her psychology courses. Projects in her classes may involve in-depth case studies on an organization, research assignments relating psychology to one’s personal life or raising a virtual child and creating a parenting guide for parents.

Full Bio

Christy Tidd’s educational career began at Purdue University where she studied both elementary education and psychology. Read More.


Dr. Douglas Schauer

DR. DOUGLAS SCHAUER

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry, University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Drexel University

Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Chemistry
General Chemistry I and II
Organic Chemistry I and II

Honors Program Involvement

Dr. Schauer teaches Honors sections of chemistry. His Honors students are expected to participate in a rigorous research project culminating in the development of a poster, a paper and a presentation.

Full Bio

Douglas Schauer earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Read More.


Gary Franchy

GARY FRANCHY

Education

Master of Arts in Mathematics, University of Detroit Mercy
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Wayne State University

Courses Taught

Statistics
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Finite Math with College Algebra
Contemporary Mathematics
College Algebra
Mathematical Literacy

Honors Program Involvement

Mr. Franchy is co-founder, co-director and faculty advisor for the Honors Program. He also teaches Honors sections of Statistics.

Full Bio

Beyond his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, Gary Franchy has completed 51 additional hours of graduate course work towards a doctorate degree in education evaluation and research from Wayne State University. Read More.


Hailey Sheets

HAILEY SHEETS

Education

Master of Arts in English Literature, Ball State University
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Saint Mary’s College

Courses Taught

Freshman English II and III
Creative Writing/Fiction
Survey of British Literature II

Honors Program Involvement

Mrs. Sheets works with Honors students in English, literature and creative writing courses, providing them with opportunities to work in-depth on writing and research projects that uniquely interest them.

Full Bio

Professor Hailey Sheets is a Michiana native who grew up in Granger, Indiana. Read More.


Marc Dombrosky

MARC DOMBROSKY

Education

Master of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Florida

Courses Taught

Two Dimensional Design
Drawing I and II
Art History I and II
Art Appreciation

Honors Program Involvement

Marc Dombrosky designs Honors-intensive curriculum for Art 110-Art Appreciation and Art 203-Art History I and Art 204-Art History II. Students are offered individualized experiences through a series of content-directed meetings, in-class presentations and enhanced writings, as well as a comprehensive exit interview. These facets collectively offer organic opportunities for growth within the courses.

Full Bio

Marc Dombrosky serves as chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and as gallery director. Read More.


Dr. Maria DeRose

DR. MARIA DEROSE

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy in Popular Culture/Gender and Women’s Studies, Bowling Green State University
Master of Arts in American Cultural Studies, Bowling Green State University
Master of Arts in English, Western Illinois University
Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing, Western Illinois University

Courses Taught

Freshman English II and III
Introduction to American Pop Culture
Introduction to Film
Great American Films
American Literature I and II
American Ethnic Literature

Honors Program Involvement

Dr. DeRose wants her Honors students to experience a taste of what academic life is like at graduate school levels. To such end, she works individually with her Honors students to raise the bar on their analysis of how pop culture both reflects and shapes culture. She has them teach a mini-topic to the class (because you never learn something as well as when you have to teach it to others), and they prepare their work to be presented at the Academic Open House and at a national conference that they will apply for with her guidance.

Full Bio

Dr. Maria DeRose’s academic career has taken her on a tour of the Midwest, with a few detours along the way. Read More.


Mark Pelfrey

MARK PELFREY

Education

Master of Arts in Mathematics, Western Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Central Michigan University
Minors: Spanish, Leadership Studies

Courses Taught

College Algebra
Analytical Geometry and Calculus I and II
Statistics

Honors Program Involvement

Mr. Pelfrey is co-founder, co-director and faculty advisor for the Honors Program. He also teaches Honors sections of algebra and calculus I and II.

Full Bio

Mark Pelfrey received his bachelor of science with honors from Central Michigan University, where he majored in mathematics and minored in both Spanish and leadership studies. Read More.