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The dedicated staff of the Honors Program oversees the curricular and co-curricular elements of the Honors Program through course development, faculty engagement, co-curricular programming, and student advising to foster a scholarly community that connects students and faculty in and out of the classroom.   ​

Jennifer Conary

Jennifer Conary

Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of English

jennifer.conary@depaul.edu

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

Nancy Grossman

Associate Director

ngrossma@depaul.edu

 
Nancy Grossman received her M.A. in The Teaching of Writing from Columbia College, Chicago, and her BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Nancy began her career at DePaul in 1987 as a part-time instructor in the English department, transitioning to a faculty-staff position in the Honors Program in 2002. During her time in the Honors Program, Nancy's initiatives included the Honors Student Government, the Honors Ambassador Program, the Honors Living and Learning Community, and the Honors Student Conference. Nancy advises Honors students in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and oversees student research initiatives and alumni engagement. Her debut novel, A World Away, was published in 2012 by Disney/Hyperion. Nancy teaches creative writing and young adult literature courses for the English department, as well as the Senior Capstone in service learning for the Honors Program. She was the recipient of the Gerald D. Paetsch Academic Advising Award in 2011 and the Spirit of DePaul Award in 2022. 
Priscilla Bautista

Priscilla Bautista

Assistant Director of Advising and Student Involvement

pbautist@depaul.edu

Priscilla Bautista is a proud Double Demon, having earned a BSC in Business Administration with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies, and an MBA in Marketing and Sports Management from DePaul University. Prior to joining the Honors Program, she advised undeclared, exploratory, and newly admitted transfer students from all colleges at DePaul. Priscilla advises Honors students in the College of Science and Health and Transfer Honors students in all colleges. She serves as the advisor to Honors Student Government and leads the Honors Mentor program, Affinity Mentor program, and all co-curricular initiatives in the Honors Program. A member of Alpha Psi Lambda, Inc., the first co-ed Latino interest fraternity, she also serves as advisor to DePaul’s undergraduate chapter. In her spare time, you can find Priscilla at a house music fest, possibly spinning some tunes herself, and cheering on the Chicago White Sox with her dog Southpaw.

Keith Mikos

Keith Mikos

Assistant Director

kmikos@depaul.edu 

Dr. Keith Mikos earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Minnesota and his B.A. in philosophy from DePaul. An interdisciplinary scholar, his research and teaching combine literary analysis with philosophy, psychology, science, history, and the visual arts. He teaches courses on world literature, American literature, literature and film, literature and art, and literary theory. His most recent work examines the poetry of Emily Dickinson in connection to nineteenth-century intellectual trends. Dr. Mikos was the recipient of the 2018 College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2016 DePaul LAS/Art Institute of Chicago Innovation in Teaching Award. A dedicated teacher and advisor for Honors students, Dr. Mikos maintains the Honors Program pedagogy database and advises Honors students in the College of Business, the College of Computing and Digital Media, the College of Communication, the College of Education, the School of Music, and the Theatre School.
Mary Kate Turek

Mary Kate Turek

Assistant Director of Honors Recruitment and Communication

marykate.turek@depaul.edu

Mary Kate Turek graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. from Illinois State University, double-majoring in History and Social Sciences Secondary Education. She then went on to earn her MBA, graduating with distinction and focusing her area of study on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Early in her career, Mary Kate worked in secondary education, teaching Advanced Placement United States History, Honors World History, and World Geography. During this time, Mary Kate also served as an outspoken advocate for the successful campaign to legally protect and include LGBTQIA+ history in the Illinois State Board of Education's Social Sciences curriculum. Mary Kate is proud to serve as the Assistant Director of Honors Recruitment and Communication for the DePaul Honors Program. 
Melanie Doweiko

Melanie Doweiko

Program Assistant

mdoweiko@depaul.edu

Melanie Doweiko is currently working on their MA in Writing and Publishing and their Certificate for Teaching in Two-Year Colleges; they will be applying to the MFA in Creative Writing program at DePaul. They love to write and analyze sci-fi and fantasy, and they hope to have a publishable novel by the time they graduate. They are the Honors Program Assistant and have been a Staff Professional for an Honors Chicago Quarter class.