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Antonina (Nina) Bambina
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Institution:

Location: Evansville, IN

Phone: 812-602-4366

Institution Type: 4-year, Public (10,000 enrollment)

Program Type: Institution-wide

Program Enrollment:430

Present Position:

Previous Honors Positions: Honors Director, University of Southern Indiana, August 2008-December 2016

NCHC Member Since: 2012

Program Reviews and Consultation: 


NCHC Activities Related to Honors Program/College Assessment & Evaluation:

  • Presented at each NCHC conference from 2009-2016.
  • Participated in NCHC consultant center at NCHC conference in 2014.
  • Supported one of our students, Alex Hoffman, to serve on the NCHC Board of Directors for a two year term - 2014 and 2015.
  • Many of my NCHC presentations focused on assessing and evaluating different aspects of our honors program (see CV for titles).

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.: 
  • Honors 101 & 102 seminars course assessment.
  • Service-learning program assessment team.
  • Sociology Department self-study.
  • University 101 course assessment.
  • Reviewed, evaluated and provided feedback for two departmental self studies: Math Department and Accounting.
  • Leadership Evansville training.

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Sociology
  • Living-Learning Communities
  • Student Housing
  • Service Learning
  • Leadership
  • Honors Contracts
  • Honors Governance
  • Field research
  • Community Outreach
  • Experiential Learning

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor
In April of 2010, Dr. Sam Schuman visited the University of Southern Indiana (USI) to conduct a program review of our Honors Program for the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). It was my second year as an Honors director, and I had attended two NCHC annual conferences at that point. I was still finding my feet in Honors, learning the potential of what an Honors program could achieve and discovering the resources available to me at USI and from the NCHC that could help me actualize it. Sam’s knowledge, wisdom, and guidance before, during and after his visit were illuminating. Working with Sam inspired me to want to become a program reviewer myself once I had enough experience.

When I left USI in December 2016, I had run the Honors Program at USI for eight and half years, had attended nine consecutive NCHC annual conferences, and presented at eight of them. I felt that I now had the knowledge and experience to train to be an NCHC program reviewer, so I registered to take the course in the summer of 2017. What I learned and experienced during the training fueled my enthusiasm and solidified my commitment to becoming an NCHC Program Reviewer. I am confident that I am well suited and prepared to play a salient role in helping other Honors directors strive to have their programs reach their full potential, as Sam had done for me.
 
The time I have spent as an Honors director, learning from other Honors directors at NCHC conferences, and being trained to be an NCHC program reviewer has enabled me to identify three broad areas that make an Honors program strong: people, learning, and infrastructure. My role as an NCHC program reviewer will be to apply the NCHC Best Practices and Program Review Instruments to these important areas to support Honors directors in achieving their visions for their programs.

 

I have always been a “people person” and a team player. When it comes to building a successful Honors program, these skills are very beneficial. As a program reviewer, I will enjoy getting to know the people who work in and with each Honors program I visit. This includes all personnel, students, prospective students, faculty, and other administrators. Stakeholders joining together to support the mission of an Honors program can yield amazing results. During my Leadership Evansville training, I learned the value of stakeholder inclusion for building consensus. I will strive to hear all parties and to foster collaboration on realizing the goals they have in common for their Honors program and the university.

Exceptional student learning is the essence of Honors education. I know that I have been able to accomplish great things in my career in large part due to the excellent education I received. The dedicated, hardworking, responsible, bright young people who join Honors programs deserve the best education a university has to offer. When reviewing an Honors program, I will spend time learning about the Honors curriculum, scholarship, co-curricular options, service learning, and other learning opportunities. My goal will be to elucidate the educational experience of Honors student so that the Honors director can assess where the program is achieving its goal and where it can be modified to align with NCHC best practices, and the needs of students and the university.

Finally, institutional support for an Honors program is paramount to its continued, sustained success. As an external professional expert, an NCHC program reviewer can be a great advocate for the needs of an Honors program. In this role, I will endeavor to evaluate the current state of all facets of the program’s infrastructure, while reflecting on the administration’s vision for Honors. After assessing the information accumulated through these processes, I will advocate for the program by highlighting its achievements and commending the upper administration for their support and the role it played in the program’s successes. Then I will identify areas where additional resources can yield even greater results.

My overarching objective as an NCHC program reviewer is to use my expertise and influence to support Honors directors in giving their students the opportunity to attain the exceptional education they deserve.
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