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About the Honors College

Welcome to the Honors College at Georgia Southern University! We are an inclusive community of scholars that fosters intellectual and professional development through undergraduate research and creative scholarship, experiential learning, global engagement, and personalized mentorship.

Dr. Steven Engel, Dean

Office: 1027 Eidson House, Statesboro


Dr. Steven Engel has been the Dean of the Honors College at Georgia Southern since 2005. He is also a Professor of Political Science and has been a member of that department at Georgia Southern since 1999. He is on the editorial board of the journal, Honors in Practice, has authored several articles and book chapters on honors education and covering topics in political science, and in 2018 was named a Fellow of the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Dr. Jonathan Roberts, Associate Director and Armstrong Campus Lead

Office: 101 Solms Hall, Armstrong


Dr. Roberts was the previous Honors Program director at Armstrong State University from 2006-2017 and joined the Georgia Southern team in 2017.  He is a Professor of Psychology who began his career at Armstrong in 2001. Dr. Roberts specializes in developmental cognitive neuroscience and also teaches courses in Cross Cultural Development and Sensation and Perception. He is a proud father, husband, and also engages in automobile racing and instruction.

Dr. Francis Desiderio, Associate Director

Office: 1003 Eidson House, Statesboro


Dr. Desiderio has been at Georgia Southern since 2009. He earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University where his research interests were in American studies and urban studies. He has an M.A. from the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, and his undergraduate degree is in English from the University of Detroit. He works with every aspect of the College with particular attention to honors first-year seminars, experiential learning, service-learning, and nationally competitive scholarships.

Erin Martin, Academic Advising Coordinator

Office: 1007 Eidson House, Statesboro


Erin Martin serves as the Honors Advisor and has been with the Honors College since Fall 2012. She earned her M.Ed. in Professional Counseling from The University of Georgia in 2009 and her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Tennessee in 2007. Erin works as a supplemental advisor to honors students by collaborating to assess their academic path while enrolled at GS as well as working with students to plan beyond their undergraduate career.

Sami Strickland, Honors Advisor

Office: 101 Solms Hall, Armstrong, and 1009 Eidson House, Statesboro


Sami Strickland joined the Honors College in 2021 to serve as the Honors Advisor for students on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses. Sami earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University in the Spring of 2021. In 2018, she completed her B.A. in English from Georgia College & State University and graduated from the Honors Program. As a supplemental advisor, Sami assists students in completing the requirements to graduate from the Honors College and advises the Honors College Student Organizations on the Statesboro and Armstrong Campuses. 

Sue Guadagno, Senior Administrative Assistant

Office: 1020 Eidson House, Statesboro


Sue Guadagno joined the Honors College as the Senior Administrative Assistant in January 2016. She has been with Georgia Southern since December of 2006, starting as an accounting assistant in the Bursar’s Office where she worked for six years before joining the Department of Foreign Language as the administrative secretary for three years. She is a big sports fan and enjoys watching football, basketball, and softball games. 

John Ramfjord, Foundation Officer


Statesboro Campus
Phone: (912) 478-7926
Fax: (912) 478-0394

Honors College
Eidson House
P.O. Box 8130
Statesboro, GA 30460

Building 105 on the Statesboro campus map

Armstrong Campus
Phone: (912) 344-3242

Honors College
Solms Hall 101
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

Building 10 on the Armstrong campus map

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

Dr. Cheryl Aasheim – Professor, Department of Information Technology

Dr. Priya Goeser – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. John R O’Malley – Assistant Professor, Department of Information Technology

College of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Hans-Georg Erney – Associate Professor, Department of Literature

Dr. Michelle Haberland – Professor, Department of History

Dr. Joe Pellegrino – Associate Professor, Department of Literature

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Nancy McCarley – Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Jamie Scalera – Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

College of Education

Dr. Elizabeth Barrow – Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education

Dr. Glenda Ogletree – Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education

Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson – Professor, Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Alan Harvey – Professor, Department of Biology

Dr. Ria Ramoutar – Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Jennifer Zettler – Professor, Department of Biology

Parker College of Business

Dr. Nicholas Mangee – Associate Professor, Department of Finance

Dr. Britton McKay – Professor, School of Accountancy

Waters College of Health Professions

Dr. Rose Mary Gee – Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Matthew Williamson – Associate Professor, Department Health Science and Kinesiology

Last updated: 7/19/2021