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.


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 the 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

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.


Graduate Assistants

OSCAR AVILEZ

Recruitment and Programming Graduate Assistant
Anne Arundel Hall
Phone: 301-405-6771
Email: oavilez@terpmail.umd.edu

LAUREN HEALY

Graduate Assistant, Coordinator for Student Involvement
Anne Arundel Hall
Phone: 301-405-0324
Email: ljhealy@terpmail.umd.edu