Honors College Office of the Provost

Honors Faculty


The Honors College works with superb instructors who generously share their expertise and energy with our students in the classroom, the lab, the field, and the archive. Our staff and faculty work together to create courses designed to promote in-depth dialogue and engagement with course content. Thanks to this work and collaboration our instructors truly have the greatest impact on the education of our students.

This section of our website is dedicated to our faculty partners in an effort to enhance the educational opportunities available to Honors students. Faculty, there are several ways to get involved with Honors and our top undergraduate students:

  • Take on an honors student as an undergrad researcher
  • Contract your existing courses with an honors student
  • Teach an honors participation course – either a book club or lyceum
  • Teach an honors seminar or honors research seminar
  • Teach an honors section of a traditional course offering- standalone or hybrid
  • Teach an honors study and travel course
  • Come speak about your research in our classes
  • Meet with a student for coffee

We’re also open to suggestions and would love to work with you!

Creating an Accessible Classroom, UDL Principles

In the Honors college, we embrace a philosophy of inclusive excellence wherein we celebrate our differences while honoring our commonalities. In doing so, we support Auburn University’s broader mission to usher in a brighter future through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, and selfless service. This philosophy touches every part of our work including equipping our faculty member on how they can create classrooms that are universally designed to include all students.

For additional resources on creating an accessible classroom, please visit: https://accessibility.auburn.edu/Faculty

Grading Policies

Our thoughts on Honors course grading are that the Honors course grading scale should follow the standard Auburn University grading scale. Instructors should evaluate student performance relative to their peers in the Honors course section. Honors classes are never intended to be more rigorous in grading for students, but rather taught differently as a result of smaller class sizes.

Mentorship Opportunities

One of the most intentional ways you can mentor Honors students is by taking on a student as an undergraduate researcher. Professors in all colleges and departments can find potential research assistants in motivated and responsible Honors students. Professors teaching Honors seminars in their areas of research specialization routinely find in those seminars interested Honors students who are eager to become research assistants in the laboratory, field, or library, office, stage, or studio. Honors students also have opportunity to specific research scholarships that can be used to fund many of the research projects.  Undergraduate research is an essential path to successfully completing the Honors Research based curriculums. You can use your existing research experiences and relationships lay the groundwork.

Meet Our Honors Faculty

HONR1007George PlasketesCommunication & Journalism
HONR1027Tessa CarrTheatre
HONR1077Taylor MitchellHonors College
HONR1077Savannah WoodallHonors College
HONR1077Matthew StinsonHonors College
HONR1077Suzanne HunterHonors College
HONR1077Whitney ComerHonors College
HONR1077Matthew StinsonHonors College
HONR1077Yvette StoneHonors College
HONR1087Tiffany SippialHonors College
HONR1087Courtney FurlongHuman Dev Family Studies 
HONR1087Victoria SkeltonHistory
HONR1087Taylor MitchellHonors College
HONR1087Suzanne HunterHonors College
HONR1087Robert KulickAerospace Engineering
HONR1087Whitney ComerHonors College
HONR1087Tasheila Williams-TownsendUniversity Career Center
HONR1087Addye Buckley-BurnellUniversity Career Center
HONR1087Bob SesekIndustrial & Systems Engingering
HONR1087Sean Bittner
HONR1087Savannah WoodallHonors College
HONR1087Lindsay DoukopoulosBiggio Center
HONR2077Krista GrantEnglish
HONR2087Alonzo Cee and Jamie CalvertStudent Involvment
HONR2087Joseph Johnson
HONR2087David Housel
HONR2087Adeola Olufunlola FayemiInternational Programs
HONR2087Alex SauerHonors College
HONR2087Norman GodwinProvost & VP Academic Affairs
HONR2087Alex Huges
HONR2097Toni CarterLibrary
HONR3007Scott D. SilvisAnimal Health Research
HONR3007Joseph Johnson
HONR3007Maurice Robinson
HONR3007Yvette StoneHonors College
HONR3007Ya-Xiong  Tao Anatomy Physiology & Pharm
HONR3087Ryan D. Williamson
HONR3987Muralikrishnan DhanasekaranDrug Discovery & Development
HONR3987Keith S. Hébert and Richard BurtMcWhorter School of Bldg Sci
HONR3987Linda Marie Gibson-YoungNursing

Faculty Awards

Each year the College recognizes one (or more) faculty members who have made a substantial and lasting contribution to the academic and intellectual lives of our students. Nominees are solicited from students and other faculty and chosen by a selection committee.

The Professor of the Year Award: Awarded to the professor whose outstanding teaching has most inspired, enriched, and challenged Honors College students.

2008Dr. Don WehrsEnglish
2011Dr. William BuskistPsychology
2012Dr. Debbie FolkertsBiological Sciences
2013Dr. John D. GordenChemistry
2014Dr. William BuskistPsychology
2015Dr. Kristrina ShulerAnthropology
2016Dr. Jeffrey KatzPsychology
2017Dr. Lewis BarkerPsychology
2018Dr. Lisa PetersonMathematics & Statistics
2019Dr. Sarah HamiltonHistory
2020Dr. Vince CammarataChemistry and Biochemistry
2021Dr. Ya-Xiong TaoAnatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Current Faculty Programs

professor with students outside
professor with students outside

Honor Your Teaching

Honors College Course (Re)Design Academy

The Honors College is now offering an exciting, one-day intensive course (re)design academy intended to provide interested faculty members with the opportunity to hear from the unit’s leadership, current faculty and students, and other on-campus partners about the Honors College curriculum. Participants will learn about best practices in honors education and the logistics of the course proposal process. Faculty participants will also work in teams with faculty developers to begin designing a new, or re-designing an existing, honors course.



  • Faculty, both tenure-track and non-tenure-track, from all disciplines are invited to apply to the academy.
  • Faculty who have previously taught for the Honors College are eligible to participate in the academy, as are those who have not yet taught for the Honors College.
  • The most successful participants will dedicate significant time outside the academy to work on their course (re)design project.


  • CV
  • List of previous Honors courses taught (if applicable)
  • General plan for particular course interested in (re)designing (i.e. lyceum, seminar)
  • Please visit the “Faculty Resources” tab on the Honors College website for descriptions of the various course types offered within the Honors College and a link to sample syllabi


  • Sent in digital form to the Director of the Honors College Dr. Tiffany Sippial (tat0004@auburn.edu) with each file labeled as: filename_applicant last name_year
  • Please do not submit application pieces in separate emails.

Questions related to the application process should be directed to the Director of the Honors College Dr. Tiffany Sippial (tat0004@auburn.edu)


Course Design Information and Proposals

Last modified: June 8, 2021