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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.

Martha Martinez-Firestone

Martha Martinez-Firestone
Honors Program Director and Professor of Sociology

Dr. Martha Martinez-Firestone is an associate professor of Sociology. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses that focus on a sociological view of economic issues, including topics like global labor markets, organizational dynamics, social capital, entrepreneurship and modern capitalism. She is also a quantitative sociologist, and teaches both basic and advanced statistics and research methods. She received her BA in Communications Sciences from Monterrey Institute of Technology, in Monterrey her Mexico. She obtained her MA and PhD in Economic Sociology by Duke University. Her research includes the topics of the role of social networking on the entrepreneurial success, evolutionary organizational theory and industry transformation, market dynamics on urban housing before, during and after the financial crisis, and the social effects of free trade in North America. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, Case Research Journal, the Handbook of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Multilevel Linkages, the Handbook of Family Businesses, and the Handbook of Organisational Entrepreneurship, as well as edited volumes and Encyclopedias.


Nancy Grossman
Associate Director
Lincoln Park Campus
990 W. Fullerton, Suite 1300

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.


Jennifer C. Reichle (formerly Kosco)
Assistant Director
990 W. Fullerton, Rm. 1304

Jennifer Reichle received her M.A. in MultiCultural and Organizational Communication from DePaul University. She advises students in the Colleges of Communication, Business, and Computing and Digital Media, Music and Theatre. She serves as a Staff Professional for an Honors Dicover Chicago Quarter class, and for the FY@Broad program to Jordan (spring 2019). She also serves as the advisor for Honors Student Government and Honorable Mentions, the Honors Program newsletter.


Elizabeth Woodruff


Elizabeth Woodruff
Program Assistant
990 W. Fullerton Ave., Rm. 1300