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Summer Institute: New Directors

7/13/2020 to 7/14/2020
When: July 13-14, 2020
Where: United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Institute Size 40 Participants
NCHC Member Price $250
NCHC Nonmember Price $500
Deadline to Register July 6, 2020










Institute Focus:

The NCHC New Directors Institute provides new honors directors and deans with best practices in curricular management and research, based on shared experiences from NCHC colleagues. Participants will take part in virtual nuts-and-bolts sessions including:

• Developing your honors program
• Creating budgets and curricula
• Addressing staffing /administration issues in honors
• Identifying key resources and allies on campus

This immersive honors experience will prepare you to be successful in your new position as an honors administrator. Sessions include individual consultation as time permits.


Learning objectives/outcomes for the New Directors’ Institute

Participants will:

  • Articulate points of alignment between their own honors program’s/college’s mission and their broader institutional contexts
  • Identify challenges and develop strategies regarding administrative responsibilities, including budgeting, program management, and student and faculty recruitment
  • Assess their programs’/colleges’ existing curricular and co-curricular models, and formulate plans for strengthening their offerings
  • Create an action plan for their continued work


2020 NCHC Summer Institute: New Directors Agenda


Need to justify how you could benefit from attending this institute? Try downloading this letter to submit to your administration:

New Directors Institute Justification of Attendance 





François Amar, University of Maine

 François G. Amar is professor of chemistry and a member of the Honors faculty at the University of Maine. From 2013-2020 he served as dean of UMaine's Honors College. He has worked on issues of active learning in STEM and peer learning across the curriculum as well as collaborative frameworks for interdisciplinary research. In his spare time, he bakes and brews, cycles and hikes, and writes poetry.












Lynn Preston, Tarrant County College District

Lynn Preston is a professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Tarrant County College in the great state of Texas! She has 

been the director of the Cornerstone Honors Program on the NW campus since 2009. She is also the liaison for the multi-campus honors program having five campuses to the college. In 2012 the honors program was only on two of the five campuses and Lynn was instrumental in establishing the program on the other three campuses in the district. In 2010 she was on the committee to turn the honors program into an actual honors A.A. degree. Lynn has served on NCHC Board of Directors, co-chaired the NCHC Professional Development Committee, and is very active in GPHC. She has given a few seminars on starting an honors program/pedagogy for honors over the years and has facilitated New Directors Institute for several summers focusing on the two-year honors program.








Aron Reppmann, Trinity Christian College

Aron Reppmann is professor of philosophy at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. He was the founding director of TCC’s Honors Program. After directing that program for 13 years, from its initial launch through growth and change to its first thorough review, he stepped aside from directing honors to work on faculty development college-wide, in particular the formation of new faculty, a shift that coincided with his becoming co-director of NCHC’s signature program “Beginning in Honors.” He continues to teach in the Honors Program at Trinity, and his ongoing scholarly work in honors education is particularly oriented to the relationship between spirituality and vocation in honors students from a wide variety of social and religious backgrounds.








Laurie Smith Law, Iowa State University

Laurie Smith Law serves as the Administrative Director for the University Honors Program, working in conjunction with the Honors staff and Honors Student Board to provide members of the Honors Program with an enriched academic experience. Reporting units include the First-Year and University Honors Programs, Undergraduate Research, and Prestigious Fellowships and Awards.   

Laurie has a master degree in U.S. history, but started her career in student affairs as a hall director in an Honors learning community, before moving into academic affairs as the assistant director of university Honors College.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), and currently serves as the NCHC Secretary, and co-chaired the NCHC Professional Development Committee.  Laurie is the co-founder of the NCHC International Summer Institute for New Honors Director/Deans.  The institute is designed to support new directors navigate administration responsibilities on their campus.









All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than seven days in advance of the NCHC Summer Institute.

  • Received prior to 7 days before Institute:          Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 7 days before Institute:            No refunds granted

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