Meet Our Staff
The Honors Program staff are here to help our students succeed in seeking out their passion. Get to know our dedicated team of advisors.
Director of the Honors Program
Professor of Political Science
Endowed Chair of International Studies
Director, International Studies Minor
Dr. Dursun-Ozkanca teaches courses on International Relations, European Union, the Middle East, Comparative Politics, Model United Nations, Political Violence and Terrorism. She is the editor of two books – The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform (Routledge, 2014) and External Interventions in Civil Wars (co-edited with Stefan Wolff, Routledge, 2014) as well as a number of scholarly articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Civil Wars, European Security, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, French Politics, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Dursun-Ozkanca is the inaugural recipient of the Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence at Elizabethtown College (2015), and the recipient of the Richard Crocker Outstanding Service to Students Awards (2018, 2020). Her latest book, Turkey–West Relations: The Politics of Intra-alliance Opposition , is published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.
Director of Special Programs and Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships
Professor Benowitz teaches Honors 201: Elizabethtown History: Campus and Community. This Honors course counts for the Western Cultural Heritage Area of Understanding and Guided Writing and Research requirements for the Core Curriculum. The course counts for Community Based Learning, one of the Signature Learning Experience requirements. This course is cross-listed with Public Heritage Studies. Professor Benowitz advises students pursing the Public Heritage Studies Certificate. Professor Benowitz has authored books and articles about local history, regional studies, and Elizabethtown College’s history. Professor Benowitz teaches Honors 205: Honors Leadership Theory and Personal Narrative. This Honors course counts for the Humanities Area of Understanding requirements for the Core Curriculum and prepares students who are applying for internships, study abroad, jobs, graduate programs, and competitive post graduate scholarships and fellowships. Professor Benowitz directs the Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowship Program. He has authored articles and chapters in monographs published by the National Honors Collegiate Conference (NCHC) about academic advising, teaching, and directing Honors Programs. He serves on the NCHC national Place At Text Committee and has given presentations at NCHC conferences about Honors experiential learning and civic engagement. Professor Benowitz teaches Honors 170: The Politics of Historic Preservation. This is an Honors Summer Study Away course exploring regional studies through the NCHC pedagogy “City As Text.” Much of Professor Benowitz’s scholarship and public presentations have focused on American History, U. S. Presidential History, U. S. Diplomatic History, Anabaptist and Pietist Studies in a political context. Professor Benowitz has received national recognition for his work in teaching and advising Honors students and for directing Elizabethtown College’s Momentum Program.
Luke Mackey provides administrative support for Honors, Momentum, Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships and Stamps programs. He supervises Honors Course registrations, reviews documents and requests (course contracts, academic grants, senior theses, etc.), processes expenditure reimbursements and stipends, supports program communcation, marketing, and event planning, oversees the Honors Center, supervises Student Assistants, and coordinates with the Honors Council.
Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships: email@example.com
Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Chair of the Honors Committee and Director of Honors Program
Darci Ott ’23, President of Student Honors Council
Prof. Erica Dolson
Dr. Terri Dennehy
Dr. Colin Helb
Dr. Jean Pretz
Dr. Jeffrey Rood
Mr. Adam Smith
Dr. Diane Bridge
Dr. Nobuaki Takahashi