Students can find the Honors Center at the Claire T. Carney Library, Room 212. Students can also locate the Honors Program Director and Cindy Pisapia to ask any questions about the Honors Program.
Catherine Villanueva Gardner
Director of the University Honors Program; Professor, Department of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies
Office: Library Room 215
Professor Catherine Villanueva Gardner specializes in feminist philosophy, especially ethics, epistemology, and the retrieval of forgotten historical women philosophers. Her most recent book Empowerment and Interconnectivity: Toward a Feminist History of Utilitarian Philosophy (PSU Press, 2012) explores whether there is a distinctive feminist approach to the history of philosophy. Her first book Women Philosophers: Genre And The Boundaries Of Philosophy (Westview, 2003) examines why women philosophers have been excluded from the philosophical canon. Gardner was also invited to write a reference work, Historical Dictionary of Feminist Philosophy (Scarecrow, 2006). In addition, Gardner has published articles in journals and edited collections.
Associate Director of the University Honors Program, Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: LARTS Room 347
Professor Ayotte is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Center on Aging at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. His research focuses primarily on the role of individual characteristics and interpersonal relationships in health and health behaviors throughout the life span. Prof. Ayotte has published over 16 peer reviewed articles and contributed to several book chapters.
Zhaojin (Lily) Xu
Interim Coordinator of Success and Advising, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance
Office: CCB Room 212
Interim Coordinator of Communications & Outreach, Associate Professor, English
Office: LARTS, Room 322
Administrative Assistant for the University Honors Program
Office: Library Room 214
Cindy Pisapia has been at UMass Dartmouth for 28 years. During that time, she has worked for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Center for Marine and Science Technology, and for the last 17 years, she has worked for the Honors Program.
Telephone: 508.999.8820, Fax: 508.910.6541
Associate Student Director