While all students at Purdue Northwest have a primary academic advisor in their major area of study, students in the Honors College require additional resources to ensure progress toward completion of both the Honors curriculum and the various extracurricular requirements in the College, as well as managing the unique nuances of stacked course projects, research theses, and scholarship/ financial aid matters. With these and other priorities in mind, we were thrilled to hire Michael Kenny and Amy (Boyd) Libauskas as advisors for the Hammond and Westville campuses, respectively.
In order for the Honors College to make substantive progress going forward, it was necessary to bring in some of the extraordinary talent at Purdue Northwest. We were delighted to have Professors Heather Fielding (English) and Vanessa Quinn (Biology) come on board at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year. In addition to retaining some teaching duties, they will serve the Honors College both in their specific capacities as associate deans and as members of the Honors Leadership Team, which continually shapes the College vision and works toward the achievement of the College s longer term strategic objectives.
Michael Kenney, Academic Advisor (Hammond Campus)
With many years of advising experience, Mike Kenny joined the Honors College team at the end of 2016. He has previously served at Concordia University, DePaul University, and Calumet College of St. Joseph where, in addition to having direct advising duties, he held the office of director of academic advising. Additionally, he has also been a director of career services and brings to his position here an extensive knowledge of how to counsel students as they plan for professional life after graduating from Purdue University Northwest.
Amy (Boyd) Libauskas, Academic Advisor (Westville Campus)
Amy (Boyd) Libauskas was one of the original 13 students in the very first Honors Program cohort, and during her time here she served in multiple leadership positions including student president. That was back in 2006, and in the years since then she has earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting as wek as a master’s degree in technology, with a concentration in technical leadership and management. Amy’s strong enthusiasm for Honors education has made her a favorite of The Honors College students for many years, and in this new role, she will be in a position to do even more to enhance our special community.
Heather Fielding, Associate Dean for Academic Support and Development
The Honors Program at Westville Campus was conceived, developed and implemented by a single person, namely Heather Fielding (center). Her passion for student success is contagious and is a principal reason she is one of the most beloved professors at the entire university. In this role as associate dean, she will be chairing the Honors College faculty fellows, promoting opportunities for engagement with Omicron Delta Kappa, and generating study abroad trips while liaising with the Office of International Affairs. She will also teach the HONR 111 course for new freshmen at the Westville campus.
Vanessa Quinn, Associate Dean for Research and Assessment
Known at Purdue Northwest for her research expertise and her enthusiasm for mentoring both students and junior faculty, Dr. Quinn is a recognized leader at PNW when it comes to generating funding and motivating others to incorporate substantive research into their long-term goals. She also recognizes the importance of experiential learning and the ways that such learning can help students learn about themselves while preparing them for post-graduation success. As associate dean for research and assessment, she will lead the Honors College assessment efforts, promote grant opportunities for both students and faculty, and serve as the Regional Science Olympiad Director.