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 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

Avery Plaw

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.

Email: aplaw@umassd.edu
Telephone: 508.999.8840


Catherine Villanueva GardnerInterim Association Director of the Honors Program

Associate Director of the University Honors Program; Professor, Department of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies

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.

Email: cgardner@umassd.edu
Telephone: 508.999.8253

Brian Ayotte

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.

Email: bayotte@umassd.edu
Telephone: 508.999.9206

Cindy Pisapia

Administrative Assistant for the University Honors Program

Office: Library Room 214

Cindy Pisapia has been at UMass Dartmouth for 26 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 15 years, she has worked for the Honors Program.

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


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Elizabeth Goodine


Clerk IV for the University Honors Program‌

Office: Library Room 214

Elizabeth “Betty” Goodine has been at UMass Dartmouth for 18 years as a Clerk IV/Secretarial duties.  During that time she has worked in the Registrar’s Office, Career Development Center, Payroll Office and since 2013 has a split job, working in the Honors Department and the Academic Resource Center.

Email:  egoodine@umassd.edu

Telephone: 508.999.9273 (M.T. W) and 508.999.8820 (W. Th. Fri.)


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  Honors Council Student Directors

Honors Student Council Director 2013

Kiley Alpaugh
Student Director

Email: kaplaugh@umassd.edu


Alyssa Nastri
Associate Student Director

Email: anastri@umassd.edu

Honors Student Council Secretary

Shereen Cruz

Email: scruz2@umassd.edu

Honors Student Council Treasurer 2013


Paula Cruz

Email: pcruz@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 Engineering

 Honors program coordinator

Amit Tandon
Professor, Physics

Office: Science and Engineering, Room: 208A
Phone: 508.999.8357 


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

 Honors program coordinator

Deborah Carlson
Professor, Artisanry

Office: Star Store (715 Purchase Street, New Bedford), Room 223
Phone: 508.999.8916


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