A few weeks ago, Dr. Pfaff gave his last guest lecture to the Honors students living in Lyon Hall. This was the first of many lasts as Dr. Pfaff transitions out of the role as director of the Honors Program.
Over these next few weeks, consider visiting Dr. Pfaff in his office in the Honors Lounge (Muller 212) to thank him for all that he has done for the program. He will certainly be missed.
For more information about Alicia Swords, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the newly appointed director of the Honors Program, check out this Q&A published by The Ithacan a few weeks ago.
Photo by Daniel Gelles
Congratulations to Honors faculty Tom Pfaff and Bob Sullivan for their contribution to Present Successes and Future Challenges in Honors Education which was published this past August. This book was published by Rowman & Littlefield as the first of three monographs that examines the proliferation and future of honors programs in American higher education.
Dr. Pfaff, the current director of the IC Honors Program, and Dr. Sullivan, the former director of the program, coauthored a chapter entitled “Seminars, Curricula, Rigor: Paradoxical Constraints on the Future of Honors”
The second book in the series, Continuity and Innovation in Honors College Curricula, is available now, and the third, Structural Challenges and the Future of Honors Education, will be published in December.
Our final seminar spotlight of this semester will be Numbers and the News, the 1-credit seminar offered by Tom Pfaff himself! Learn more about it below.
Describe your seminar in one sentence. “Using numbers to help understand the world.”
Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “Keeping the classroom engaging through discussion and challenging questions.”
What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “Quantitative information is there to help tell stories and shouldn’t be ignored.”
What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Keep challenging yourself with ideas that you are uncomfortable with.”
Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.