About the Honors College

Executive Director Susan Dwyer

Susan Dwyer

Executive Director
Anne Arundel Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: dwyer@umd.edu

Dr. Dwyer was appointed executive director in January, 2016. She joined the faculty at UMD in 2009 as associate professor of philosophy, and is an affiliate faculty in the Women’s Studies department. Prior to UMD, Dr. Dwyer taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, McGill University, and the United States Naval Academy. She specializes in the areas of moral philosophy, constitutional law, and feminist theory. Specifically, her research focuses on the intersection of the cognitive and brain sciences and philosophical treatments of moral judgment. In 2011, she received the UMD General Education/CORE Teaching Award; in 2012 she was named a Philip Merrill Presidential Mentor; and in 2015 she was named GEMSTONE Mentor of the Year for the Class of 2017.

Traci Dula

Traci Dula

Associate Director
Anne Arundel Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: tdula@umd.edu

Dr. Traci L.M. Dula is the associate director of the Honors College for administration and operations. Dr. Dula is also a two-time Terp (B.A. and Ph.D.) Dr. Dula has been with the Honors College for over twenty years serving in many capacities. Currently, she is responsible for academic policy and scholarships for continuing students such as the Honors Research Grant and major events such as the Honors College convocation ceremony. Dr. Dula works closely with our departmental honors program directors and student organizations, the Black Honors Caucus; the Latin Honors Association, the WEB Du Bois Honor Society, and the Student Programming Council. Dr. Dula’s research interest is the history of higher education including race, equity and access from an historical perspective; the history of HBCUs (historically Black Colleges and Universities); collegiate honors education; and the contemporary experiences of underrepresented collegians in honors programs.


Erin Wessel

Erin Wessell

Associate Director
Anne Arundel Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771 
Email: ewessell@umd.edu

Erin Wessell is the associate director of the Honors College for Admissions and Recruitment. She helps prospective students and their families learn more about the Honors College and acts as an advisor for Honors Ambassadors and Banneker/Key Scholars. In addition to working with honors students, Erin enjoys studying history. She earned a B.A. in social sciences from California University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Maryland, studying the contributions of astrologers, alchemists, and other occultists to the development of modern science in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe.

Stephan Blatti

Stephan Blatti

Associate Director
Anne Arundel Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: blatti@umd.edu

Dr. Blatti is the Associate Director of the Honors College and Affiliate Associate Professor of Philosophy. He oversees faculty affairs and academic programming for the College. Before coming to Maryland, Dr. Blatti was Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. Before that, he held appointments at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Blatti’s primary area of research is metaphysics—specifically, the problem of personal identity—though his work extends to related topics in philosophical psychology, in philosophy of biology, and at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics. He is the co-editor of two volumes published by Oxford University Press and the author of numerous scholarly articles. Dr. Blatti received his D.Phil and B.Phil from Oxford University and his BA (with Honors!) from Ohio State University.


Dean Hebert

Dean Hebert

Assistant Director and Advisor
LaPlata Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: dhebert@umd.edu

Dean Hebert has been with the Honors College since 1994. He completed a B.A. in English in three years and won Washington College's Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation’s largest literary prize awarded solely to undergraduate students, in 1988. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland in 1993, and has been with the Honors College since 1994. His fiction has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine and The Delmarva Review.

Karen Deal

Karen Deal

Business Manager
Anne Arundel Hall
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: kmdeal@umd.edu

Karen Deal began working at UMD in January, 1990. She is also an alumna who received her B.S. degree from the UMD business school in 1986. During her time working at the university, she has worked in the Budget and Accounts Division in the largest department, Physical Plant. She also worked for many years in the External Affairs Division of the Institute for Systems Research in the engineering College. Karen has been with the Honors College since May, 2010. She now leads the finance and personnel of the Honors College, and three of its largest programs.


Rebecca Forbes

Business Coordinator
Anne Arundel Hall
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: jforbes3@umd.edu

Rebecca Forbes joined the Honors College in 2014 as a financial coordinator. Her major role is handling back end financial accounting systems for Honors College programs including Gemstone, University Honors, and Advanced Cybersecurity Experiences for Students. She also advises on UMD policies and procedures related to administrative and PHR services for the department. Previously, she was a business manager for the Division of Information Technology, and a program management specialist for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Diedre Couey

Diedre Couey

Coordinator for Communications
Anne Arundel Hall
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: dcouey@umd.edu

As the coordinator for communications, Diedre manages marketing communications for the Honors College. She provides creative and strategic communications that promotes the work and accomplishments of the Honors College, students and faculty. She is responsible for enhancing the online and social media presence of the college, as well as writing and developing marketing materials and graphic design. Prior to joining the Honors College, she worked in marketing and public relations for organizations such as Howard University, Discovery Channel, NBC Universal and Montgomery County Public Schools. She has a master’s in cinematic arts from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in journalism from Hampton University.


David Turner

David Turner

Recruitment & Programming Coordinator
Anne Arundel Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: dturner8@umd.edu

David Turner joined the Honors College in January 2017 as the Coordinator for Recruitment and Programming. He assists prospective students and their families with the admission process into the Honors College and assists with the Banneker/Key Scholarship selection process. He works closely with the Honors Ambassadors and the Banneker/Key Community Council. David earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration, both from the University at Buffalo. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, David spent time in Undergraduate Admissions as an admissions counselor.

Janeirah Jones

Janeirah Jones

Program Management Specialist
Anne Arundel Hall
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: jjones35@umd.edu

Janeirah Jones is the program management specialist for the Honors College. She received her bachelor’s degree in supply chain management with a minor in Arabic from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016. She is also a graduate of the Honors College’s University Honors program. Currently, Janeirah is pursuing her master’s degree in information assurance and business administration at the University of Maryland.


Augur Zhu

Augur Zhu

Graduate Assistant
Anne Arundel Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: Jiaying.zhu@rhsmith.umd.edu

Augur Zhu joined the Honors College as a business graduate assistant in January 2017. Her major responsibility with the Honors College is to support the financial system and PHR. She also assists in the day-to-day business, including the staff reimbursements process, accounts payable, accounts receivable and fund transfers. Augur received her bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and was an exchange student at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in accounting at the University of Maryland.

Kara Korab

Kara Korab

Graduate Assistant
Anne Arundel Hall 
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: kkorab@umd.edu

Kara Korab joined the Honors College as the graduate assistant in the fall of 2016. Kara serves as an advisor to the Honors College’s student organizations, including the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society, the Black Honors Caucus, the Student Programming Council, and the Latino Honors Society. She is an international education policy master’s student interested in education abroad and sustainable sducation. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in international relations with minors in French language and history. Kara is an AmeriCorps alumna, and spent a year teaching prekindergarten in Baltimore. Her international experience includes teaching a year of high school English in Paris and studying abroad in Paris as an undergraduate. She is passionate about international exchange, sustainability, and gender issues, and enjoys learning about students’ many interests.