Kate Hanson

New Deputy Director of the Renée Crown Honors University Program Kate Hanson is happy that while taking on her many new administrative duties she’ll also be working with Honors students, helping them through the Capstone process and with applications for the Crown/Wise Awards.

But she’s still expecting to miss the “excitement and anticipation” that came the intensive work she did with students in her previous position as the Honors Program’s Assistant Director in charge of Scholarship and Fellowship Preparation and co-directing the Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising (CFSA).

“Advising for major awards required quite a bit of coaching, encouraging, and having long conversations about the students’ backgrounds and experiences , so I would get to know the applicants for major awards really well,” she says. “I’m so happy that Jolynn Parker is now taking on this advising role because I know that SU applicants are in great hands!”

Hanson, who took over as Deputy Director when Eric Holzwarth retired at the end of the spring semester, spent three years as Assistant Director. She joined the Honors Program in May of 2012, having come over from the College of Arts and Sciences where she was a Faculty Fellow in the Humanities. She taught undergraduate writing-intensive seminars and a graduate course for the Art and Music Histories department.

A Texas native, she earned her B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans and her Ph.D in art history from the University of Southern California where she specialized in early modern Italian visual culture.

Naturally, Hanson is excited about the work she sees ahead of her as Deputy Director.

“I’m eager to help strengthen the Honors Program for current and future students and to support our amazing staff and faculty in the work that they do. I feel so fortunate to work with a great team of individuals who all care deeply about our students and making their time in the Honors Program challenging and inspiring.”

But she’s hoping that students, all Honors students, not just the ones working on Capstones and applying for the Crown-Wise Award, feel free to come around for help and advice and just to talk and let her know how things are going.

You can make an appointment by calling the Honors Office number, 443-2759.

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