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Honors College Staff


Dr. Joseph D. Lewandowski is Dean of The Honors College and International Affairs at UCM. A former Fulbright-Masaryk Distinguished Chair in Social Studies in the Czech Republic and US Fulbright Scholar in Political Theory at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Dean Lewandowski is the author of Interpreting Culture: Rethinking Method and Truth in Social Theory and, along with Milan Znoj, co-editor of Trust and Transitions: Social Capital in a Changing World. Most recently, he is the co-editor of Urban Social Capital: Civil Society and City Life. Dr. Lewandowski has published essays in Public Reason, Theory, Culture, & Society, European Journal of Social Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Cultural Critique, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Poverty and elsewhere. Dr. Lewandowski has lectured in social philosophy and political theory at the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies (Holland), the Institute for British and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Lodz (Poland),the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida (Prague Summer Program), the Department of Political Science at Charles University (Prague), and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest (Romania). His current project is entitled The Epistemology of Cool: Essays on Post-industrial Urban Life. Additional information regarding Dean Lewandowski’s research can be found on his website.





Dr. Jennifer Carson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships. She holds a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Her work focuses on policy evaluation, terrorism, and comparative criminology. It can be found in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Deviant Behavior, and Criminology and Public Policy and has been featured in Bloomberg News, the Star Tribune, and the Kansas City Star. Dr. Carson has a passion for international travel and has led several study abroad opportunities, including a course on the Spanish Criminal Justice System at the Universidad de Alcala and a criminal justice-themed tour around Turkey. Dr. Carson is on sabbatical for the Fall 2016 semester.



Traci Butler is the Administrative Assistant for The Honors College. She is a 1987 UCM alumna with a BSBA degree. Traci returned to UCM as a staff member in 2003 as an Office Professional in the Department of Academic Enrichment and joined the Honors staff in 2005. Traci manages the honors office and assists students with their program requirements and honors project funding disbursements. Outside of work, Traci enjoys traveling with her husband and watching the wildlife in her backyard.


Mikhael Willis is a Student Assistant for The Honors College and a 2016 UCM Honors College Alumna. She is currently working on completing a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration. Mikhael

spent part of the summer of 2015 studying business and marketing at the Hanze University in the Netherlands. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. 



Devin Jost is a Student Assistant for The Honors College, and the editor and design director of Honorably Speaking, The Honors College's electronic student newsletter. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marketing, with a minor in Big Data and Business Analytics. Devin is actively involved in his fraternity, Sigma Pi, and enjoys playing the guitar, running, and volleyball. Devin spent part of the Summer of 2017 studying at the Hanze University of International Communication in the Netherlands.



Darby Simon is a Student Assistant for Undergraduate Research and External Scholarship and a current Honors College member. She is currently working on gaining an undergraduate B.S. Psychology degree with aspirations to become a Pediatric Neuropsychologist. Additionally, she is hopeful to be able to experience a summer study abroad program during her time at UCM.