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The Honors College Faculty Fellows Program

The Honors College Faculty Fellows Program is designed to promote scholarly research and creative projects, imaginative pedagogy, and interdisciplinary faculty-student engagement in the classroom. Faculty Fellows teach one Honors Colloquium (HONR 3000) per semester, participate in related Honors College functions, and give one public lecture during their fellowship year. Additionally, Honors College Faculty Fellows receive professional development funds from The Honors College to pursue their research and/or creative endeavors.

The Honors College is pleased to announce the Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2017-2018.


Dr. Janice Putnam, Professor of Nursing

Professor Putnam became a registered nurse in 1990, practiced as the director of a hospital-based wellness center in Philadelphia for several years, and joined the UCM faculty in 1998. She completed her doctorate research on tobacco treatment at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Dr. Putnam’s research includes best practices for smoking cessation programming, as well as tobacco use epidemiology, and tobacco-free policy. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Health Science, the Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Advanced Nursing, and the John Hopkins research journal – Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action. Dr. Putnam’s research continues to focus on tobacco treatment for college students and is expanding to include recreational marijuana use. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Putnam will examine contemporary US health policy from a variety of perspectives.




Dr. Keshav Bhattarai, Professor of Geography

Professor Bhattarai earned his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Economics from Tribhuvan University (Nepal), Aviation Radio Engineering from ICAO, Associate of Indian Forest College degree from Indian Forest College, Dehradun, India, Masters in Natural Resource Management from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Indiana University. Before coming to the US, Dr. Bhattarai served in various leadership capacities at the Ministry of Forest in Nepal. His research and teaching focus on land use dynamics, contemporary environmental changes, geospatial techniques, demographic changes, urban planning, federalism, tourism, and geopolitics. Professor Bhattarai has published papers in wide variety of journals in the areas of geography, environmental management, tourism, geographic information systems, waste management, urban planning, renewal energy, among others. His books include the Historical Dictionary of Nepal (co-author), Second Edition and Household Land Ownership and Forestry. His most recent book-length project is entitled, Contemporary Environmental Changes in Nepal: A Geographic Perspective. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Bhattarai will explore the environmental, geographic, human, cultural, and economic dimensions of the contemporary Middle East and elsewhere.


Details regarding the Fall 2017 Honors Colloquia are available here.