Faculty and Staff Contacts

Honors Program Staff | Honors Student Council | Coordinators for Colleges

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.


   Honors Program Staff


Catherine Villanueva GardnerInterim Association Director of the Honors Program

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.

Email: cgardner@umassd.edu
Telephone: 508.999.8253

Brian Ayotte

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.

Email: bayotte@umassd.edu
Telephone: 508.999.9206

Director of Success and Advising


Cindy Pisapia

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.

Email: cpisapia@umassd.edu
Telephone: 508.999.8820, Fax: 508.910.6541



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  Honors Council Student Directors



Aliesha Patterson
Student Director

Email: apatterson@umassd.edu


Julianna Bardon
Associate Student Director

Email:  jbardon@umassd.edu


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  Coordinators for Colleges


College of Arts and Science

 ‌Honors Arts and Science Coordinator

Andrea Klimt
‌Professor, Psychology
Office: Liberal Arts 393B
Phone: 508.999.8831



College of Business


Zhaojin (Lily) Xu
‌Assistant Professor, Finance
Office: CCB 218
Phone: 508.999.8757



College of Engineering




College of Nursing

 Honors program coordinator

Kristen Sethares
Associate Professor and PhD Program Director, Adult Nursing

Office: Dion, Room: 308 B
Phone: 508.999.9148 



College of Visual and Performing Arts


Bruce Maddocks

Phone: 508.999.9290