Honors Advisory Board as of Fall 2018:
- Peter Campbell M.F.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theater History and Criticism
- Jacqueline Braun M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Experimental Psychology
- Susan Hangen, Ph. D.
Interim Dean of Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies
- Tae Kwak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
- Rebecca Leung, B.A, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts/Journalism
- Huiping Li M.B.A, Ph.D.
Professor of International Business
- Thomas Owen Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Cristina Perez Ph.D. RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Bernard Roy M.Phil., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Advisory Board Chair
- Mihaela Serban, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Law and Society
By-Laws amended Feb 22, 2012 (PDF)
In 1980, Ramapo College established its College Honors Program. We joined the National Collegiate Honors Council in 1982. In Spring 2008, a Task Force was appointed by Provost Beth Barnett to re-vision the curriculum and design of the College Honors program here.
In Spring 2008, a Task Force was appointed by Provost Beth Barnett to re-vision the curriculum and design of the College Honors program here. That group as constituted was: Bernard Roy, Co-Chair, Marta Vides, Co-Chair, Susan Eisner , Bernard Langer, Secretary, James Morley, Vice-Chair, Sharon Rubin, Eric Wiener.
This group worked tirelessly and intensely to provide guidance on program design. The full report of the Task Force may be found online on the Provost’s page, Provost/Faculty Resources link, at: https://www.ramapo.edu/provost/
The curriculum from 2009-2018 was based on the recommendations of this Task Force. The curriculum was revised again beginning Fall 2018
Teaching in the Curriculum
If you are interested in teaching a course in the College Honors curriculum, or mentoring students, please review the Curriculum link for courses or a role as guest lecturer that might of interest to you. Also review the Honors Project link for ideas on how to mentor students in your respective major who might be interested in completing the Honors in the Major requirement with you. If you wish to participate or have questions, email the Director for more information, or request to join the College Honors Faculty Information Group on Luminis where you will find more details on course goals, student learning objectives, rubrics and course design tips.
Sponsoring an Honors Senior Project
Students will complete a Senior Project in the Major mostly likely during the last two semesters of their program. The first semester includes research and preparation. The second semester includes completion of the work and presentation at the Ramapo College Honors Symposium and one outside conference whenever possible. Each student will select his/her own Faculty Sponsor who will guide the work. The student and Sponsor will also select one additional faculty Reader whose expertise is complementary to the Project.
The parameters of every student’s project are determined between the student and their sponsor and readers. Each student works toward different goals. Students should be meeting regularly and be in constant contact regarding the goals you’ve set together for their project.
The deadlines for sponsors, readers and students are:
September 30th – The student along with their advisers should have developed a comprehensive timeline of the project from start to completion.
October 30th – The student will send his/her advisers an email explaining where they are in relation to the timeline and detailing the next steps. They should aim to be 25% completed at this point.
December 15th – By this deadline, it should be clear whether the students are meeting these goals and are on pace to finish the project. We will contact faculty on this date for an assessment of whether the project is on pace for completion. We will require a yes or no determination at this time. If at any point it does not seem like the student is making regular progress, please contact Dr. Root immediately at email@example.com.
Janaury 30th – The student will send his/her advisers an email explaining where they are in relation to the timeline and detailing the next steps. They should aim to be 75% completed at this point.
February 1st – We will contact students to gather information regarding their choice of a poster or oral presentation, the final name of the presentation, etc.
March 15th – By March 15th, the project should be completed and assessed by the sponsors and readers. The parameters for assessment will be determined exclusively by the sponsors and readers. We will contact faculty to see if they feel that the project has met the goals initially set. Students are required to send their final research project to the Honors Program.
The Honors Symposium – The Honors Symposium is usually on the first Wednesday in April. It is here that students will either present their research orally or in poster form.
Honors Project Info for Sponsors and Readers