About the Honors College
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.
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.