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.
Director of the University Honors Program; Associate Professor of Political Science
Office: Library Room 215; LARTS Room 399J
Professor Plaw specializes in political theory and international relations, with a particular focus on strategic studies. Before arriving at the UMass Dartmouth he received a two-year fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) to pursue research at New York University. He published a book in 2008 entitled Targeting Terrorists: A License to Kill? in Ashgate’s Ethics and Global Politics series, and he's currently co-editing a collected volume entitled the Metamorphosis of War (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press). He has also edited a collected volume concerned with managing the challenges of philosophical and cultural pluralism entitled Frontiers of Diversity: Explorations in Contemporary Pluralism (2005). Prof. Plaw has published 14 peer reviewed articles and chapters, and in 2008 he won the American Political Science Association’s Wilson Carey McWilliams prize. His book Targeting Terrorists was short-listed (with two other books) for Best Book of the Year in International Relations by the Canadian Political Science Association. He was selected for a 2009 Chancellor Award for Research and he has received a Joseph P. Healey Grant, in collaboration with Professor Brian Williams of the History Department, from the University of Massachusetts.
Catherine Villanueva Gardner
Associate Director of the University Honors Program; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Office: LARTS Room 381
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.
Communications Director of the University Honors Program, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: LARTS Room 347
Professor Ayotte is an Assistant 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.
Administrative Assistant for the University Honors Program
Office: Library Room 214
Cindy Pisapia has been at UMass Dartmouth for 25 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 14 years, she has worked for the Honors Program.
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