Honors Program Staff

In the Honors Program we are dedicated to serving our students. We have combined decades of experience in advising students from all schools & colleges, majors & minors, and backgrounds & circumstances. We consider it a privilege to be a part of your undergraduate career and will help you in every way that we can.

Even though you will be assigned an Honors advisor when you start in the Honors Program, and an Honors Thesis coordinator in your junior year when you start your project, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with any of us at any time, either through OrangeSuccess, or by calling the front desk at 443-2759.


Dr. Danielle Taana Smith


Danielle SmithProfessor Smith earned a BA in Russian Studies from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Saint Martin’s College and a PhD in Sociology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. In 2016, she served as an ERASMUS+ Scholar at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Social Work at Liepaja University, Latvia.

Dr. Smith served as Director of the Honors Program at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2018, where her capacities included teaching and curriculum development. Her coursework focuses on global public health, environmental sustainability and issues of social justice and human rights.

Her core research areas include refugee migration and resettlement, reconciliation and reconstruction in post-conflict societies, and disaster response and management, with particular focus on Africa and its diasporas. Dr. Smith has presented her work nationally and globally. Her research and writings have been published in scholarly journals including Journal of Health and Social Policy, Global Public Health, Economic Development Quarterly, Development and Society, Journal of Black Studies and Liberian Studies Journal.

Naomi Shanguhyia

Naomi Shanguhyia PhD

Associate Director

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Karen Hall in her office.

Karen Hall PhD

Assistant Director -
Advising & Civic Engagement

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Blythe Scherrer

Assistant Director - Advising & Information Systems

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Laura McCall

Administrative Specialist

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