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Faculty Institute: New Directors

7/15/2018 to 7/18/2018
When: July 15-18, 2018
Where: Embassy Suites Lincoln
1040 P Street
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Institute Size 30 Participants
NCHC Member Price $575 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1150 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register June 24, 2018











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 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.

 Click here to view the 2018 NCHC New Directors Institute 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



 Lynne 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 is currently  on NCHC Board of Directors, co-chair of 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.


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 co-chair of the organization’s 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.


 Aron Reppman, 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.




The institute will take place at the Embassy Suites Lincoln.

The reservation period using the negotiated hotel block rate for this institute has passed. NCHC will not provide any other lodging opportunity for this institute.

Here are some suggested hotels in the downtown Lincoln area:

·         Embassy Suites Downtown Lincoln (Where Institute will take place)

·         The Graduate Lincoln

·         Hilton Garden Inn Lincoln Downtown

·         Courtyard Lincoln Downtown

All of these hotels provide a complimentary shuttle from the Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK), as well as other amenities.



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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 Faculty 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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