University Honors Staff Profiles

Dr. Katie Stanutz
Assistant Director, University Honors
kstanutz@umd.edu
301-405-6658

Dr. Katie Stanutz helps plan and manage academic programming for University Honors. Katie graduated from the Honors College at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.A. in English and a minor in Near Eastern Studies, and she earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Specializing in multi-ethnic American literature with additional interests in media studies and literary reception history, Katie primarily publishes on twentieth century literature and culture. Her wide-ranging teaching experience has taken her from ancient Greek drama to contemporary science fiction, giving her a deep appreciation for the multi-disciplinary work undertaken in University Honors.

Liza Lebrun
Advisor and Coordinator, University Honors
llebrun@umd.edu
301-405-3049

Liza has been with University Honors since 2004 and was initially hired to advise Honors/Letters and Sciences students. For the past five years, she has worked toward developing programs for first-year students, such as Welcome Week, HONR100 and the Peer Mentor Program. HONR100 is a 1-credit colloquium course required for all new UH students. She trains and supervises the instructors and develops curriculum for the course. She also provides leadership for the University Honors Peer Mentor Program. The Peer Mentor Program matches all new students with an older student who shares his or her major or professional interests. Liza holds an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland in College Student Development. Her professional interests include advising, the first-year experience and career development.

Brendan DeCoster
Graduate Assistant, University Honors
decoster@umd.edu
301-405-6771

Brendan supports University Honors staff in assisting faculty with course delivery, managing the Honors Faculty listserv, organizing regular Faculty Luncheons, and resolving technical issues for classrooms and classes. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in International Education Policy.

Jamie Welch
Graduate Assistant, University Honors
jcwelch@umd.edu
301-314-1252

Jamie is a Graduate Assistant in the University Honors program. He holds an M.Ed. from the University of Florida in Student Personnel in Higher Education and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland. Jamie is working toward his PhD in Counseling Psychology, and his research interests include power, oppression, privilege, intersectionality, and community building.