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​​​​​​​​​​​The dedicated staff of the Honors Program is here to assist students as they progress through their academic career.

Through academic advising, assisting with co-curricular activities, and providing a support network, the staff is ready to help.

Jennifer Conary

Jennifer Conary
Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of English


Dr. Jennifer Conary earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 2008. She specializes in Victorian literature and culture, with particular interests in social problem fiction, women writers and writing about women, the periodical press, and popular fiction. She has published articles on works by Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, George Gissing, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and George W. M. Reynolds. Dr. Conary currently serves as the Vice President of the International G. W. M. Reynolds Society, of which she was a founding member. Her current research projects focus on Reynolds's fiction and journalism and Victorian working-class women's periodicals. Dr. Conary regularly teaches courses in the English department on British literature of the long nineteenth century, Gothic literature, Victorian women writers, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens, as well as courses in the Honors Program on world literature and fantasy literature from the fin de siècle. She was the recipient of the 2018 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2018 Gerald D. Paetsch Academic Advising Award.


Nancy Grossman
Associate Director

Nancy Grossman received her M.A. in the teaching of writing from Columbia College, Chicago, and her MSW from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She advises Honors students in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Science & Health, and Education. Her debut novel, A World Away, was published in 2012 by Disney/Hyperion Publishing.  She teaches creative writing and young adult fiction courses for the English department.  For the Honors Program, she teaches HON 351, the senior capstone course in service learning, and HON 300, a course to prepare students for their senior thesis.

Elizabeth Woodruff

Elizabeth Woodruff
Program Assistant