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Honors College

East Tennessee State University

    Dean's Office


Dr. Judith Bailey Slagle

131 Yoakley Hall

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Judy Slagle began her career at Eastman Chemical Company before entering academia in 1987. With B.S. and M.A. degrees in English from East Tennessee State University, she received her Ph.D. in British literature from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1991 and directed the Writing Center there as a post-doctoral fellow. Her first tenure-track position came at Middle Tennessee State University, where she taught eighteenth-century British literature and directed the graduate program in English until 1997, when she took a position as Associate Dean of Humanities at Roane State Community College. In 1999 Dr. Slagle returned to a teaching position at East Tennessee State University and became Chair of the Department of Literature and Language (formerly the Department of English) in 2000, serving in that capacity until becoming dean of The Honors College July 2015.

Dr. Slagle still regularly teaches undergraduate courses in British literature
and graduate courses in eighteenth-century British literature.

Deanna Bryant

Deanna Bryant
Office Coordinator

129 Yoakley Hall



Daniel Hedden

Daniel Hedden, Director
Presidential Honors Community Service Scholars Coordinator, Curriculum
200 Yoakley Hall


 Dr. Ignace

Dr. Richard Ignace, Director
Undergraduate Research

204 Yoakley Hall

Professor of Physics and Astronomy at ETSU, Dr. Ignace received his B.S. from Indiana University and his M.S., Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, employed with ETSU since 2003. He conducts research in astrophysics, primarily in relation to stars using interpretive modeling to understand multiwavelength data sets. He has been successful in winning observing time with a number of space telescope missions, including the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. He has also published a textbook entitled Astro4U: An Introduction to the Science of the Cosmos.

As a director in the Honors College, Dr. Ignace oversees grant programs and services that support undergraduate scholarship across the University. He also organizes the annual research symposium dedicated to celebrating the scholarly achievements of ETSU undergraduates.

Susan Kellogg

Susan Kellogg
Marketing Manager

204 Yoakley Hall

With over 18 years experience in marketing, advertising, and design, Susan Kellogg has been successful at creating marketing and advertising campaigns for medical and engineering industries in Connecticut, Utah, and Idaho. Within higher education she has held position as senior in-house designer with the North Dakota State University Development Foundation and creative services director for Oregon Tech. She has won numerous design awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Susan received a B.S. degree from ETSU with minors in Art and Advertising and is currently enrolled in the M.S. Digital Marketing program at ETSU with anticipated grad date of 2018.

Karla Leybold

Karla Jolene Leybold
Recruitment and Assessment Manager

124 Yoakley Hall

A native Nebraskan, Karla earned her undergraduate degree in religion in Nebraska and her graduate degree in theology in Texas. Since then, Karla has had an extensive and varied career in higher education, encompassing both academic affairs and student services. At ETSU, Karla began her work as an international student and scholar advisor and now serves as recruitment and assessment manager for the Honors College.

The opportunity to work closely with students and to have a positive impact on their educational experience is what keeps Karla doing this type of work. Having mentored and advised students from all over the country and the world, Karla says that ETSU students are among the most eager to succeed and dedicated she has worked with, in addition to being very polite. Karla lives in Bristol, Tennessee with a cat, two dogs, and her three children (ages 17, 13, and 10) who have prepared her well for her work with high achieving students!

    University Honors & Midway Honors Scholars Programs

Dr. Kornweibel

Dr. Karen Kornweibel

Ada Earnest House

Dr. Karen Kornweibel received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000 where she studied Latin American Literature, African American Literature, and 19th Century Russian Prose. She began her professorial career as Assistant Professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and enjoyed three years in the department of African American Studies at Ohio University before finding a permanent home in ETSU’s Department of Literature and Language (then English) in 2007.

While she teaches in all of her areas of study, her research focuses on 19th and 20th Century African American and Afro-Cuban literature with a particular focus on the intersection of cultural ideas of race and constructions of national identity.

In 2010, Dr. Kornweibel became Director of Honors-in-Discipline programs in the Honors College. In her six years in that position, she helped faculty to develop five new HID programs and worked to get HID students more involved with the Honors College. In 2017, she became Director of University and Midway Honors Scholars Programs where she enjoys the more direct role she plays in advising and mentoring students. She also co-teaches the year-long UHS freshman seminar Quest for Meaning and Values.

 Claire Jones
Claire Jones
Information Research Technician

Ada Earnest House



    Fine & Performing Arts Honors Scholars

Dr. Koterbay

Dr. Scott Koterbay

207 Yoakley Hall

Scott Contreras-Koterbay received his Ph.D. in art history from the University of St. Andrews. Scotland in 1998, focusing on Kierkegaard and philosophy of art. He started teaching in the Department of Art & Design and the Department of Philosophy & Humanities at ETSU that year, and started teaching classes for Honors in 2000. Scott was the Associate Director of the Fine & Performing Arts Scholars program from 2008 until 2013, when he became the Director of the program. During that time, Scott has expanded the number of disciplines for students to apply to the program, continued to teach in both departments, and written a book on digital art and the New Aesthetic.

Bonnie Bailey
Secretary III
Fine & Performing Arts and
Honors-In-Discipline Scholars

206 Yoakley Hall

    Honors-In-Discipline Scholars

    Michael Whitelaw 
Dr. Mick Whitelaw

201 Yoakley Hall


Professor of Geosciences at ETSU, Dr. Whitelaw received a B.Sc. in Geology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Florida. He taught at the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Southwestern Louisiana before coming to ETSU in 2003. He is the Curator of Geology at the Gray Fossil Site and specializes in stratigraphy, the geology of East Tennessee, and K-12 Geoscience Outreach. He teaches field courses in stratigraphy, structural geology and mapping and laboratory based courses in petrography and gemology. 

Dr. Whitelaw is the Director of the Honors-in-Discipline program housed in the Honors College and oversees 27 HID programs offered by a variety of departments across campus. The HID programs are designed to provide a student with an enhanced academic experience and research opportunities that will help launch a successful academic and/or professional career.

    International Programs & Services

Maria Costa

Dr. Maria Costa

120 Yoakley Hall

A native of Brazil, Maria Costa began her career at ETSU in 1992, as the International Student and Study Abroad advisor. She has a Licenciatura em Letras from the Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, and a Bachelors, Masters and EdD degrees from ETSU. She has been the International Programs and Services Director since 2005 when that office moved under the newly created Honors College. As the Director, she oversees an office that provides support to international students, scholars, and study abroad students and enjoys a part of their ETSU experience.

Hopelyn Mooney
Study Abroad Coordinator

215 Yoakley Hall

Janice Howell
Janice Howell
Executive Aide

209 Yoakley Hall




Melissa Noble

Melissa Nobel
Secretary 2

122 Yoakley Hall

A native East Tennessean, Melissa resides in her family home place in Carter County. She works as
a Technical Clerk in the International Programs and Services office. She received a Masters of Education
in College Student Personnel from Azusa Pacific University in California. Melissa has 29 years of experience working within higher education. She enjoys interacting with international students and learning about their different cultures. 

 Danielle Olmo
Danielle Olmo
Advisor International Students

121 Yoakley Hall


Chasity Drew
Chasity Drew
International Students
114 Yoakley Hall



Graduates who are ready
to take on global issues.

Our Honors College administrators and faculty help provide honors-distinctive programs and opportunities for students seeking intellectual and cultural connections on campus, within the community, and throughout the world.

Let us know how we can help fulfill your educational ambitions!

Contact Us!

Honors College
East Tennessee
State University

PO Box 70589
Yoakley Hall
161 South Dossett Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614-1708

Phone: 423-439-6076
Fax: 423-439-6080

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