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Honors Faculty and Staff

  • Jerry Herron, Ph.D.
    Jerry Herron, Ph.D.

    Dean of the Honors College
    Professor of English and American Studies
    (313) 577-3030

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  • D. Carl Freeman, Ph.D.
    D. Carl Freeman, Ph.D.

    Senior Faculty Advisor, Honors
    Professor of Biological Sciences
    (313) 577-2793

  • Kevin Deegan-Krause, Ph.D.
    Kevin Deegan-Krause, Ph.D.
    Honors Political Science 1010 Professor
    (313) 577-2630

    Kevin Deegan-Krause is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Wayne State University, Detroit and a research associate at the Department of Politology at Comenius University, Bratislava.  He is the author of Elected Affinities (Stanford 2006) and co-editor (with Zsolt Enyedi) of The Structure of Political Competition in Western Europe (Routledge 2010) and writes online at pozorblog.com.

  • Beth Fowler, Ph.D.
    Beth Fowler, Ph.D.
    Honors Senior Lecturer
    (313) 577-2525
    Beth Fowler received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at Wayne State University, and has taught many American and world history classes. Her dissertation, “Deliver Me From the Days of Old: Rock and Roll Music and the Racial Attitudes of Teenagers during the American Civil Rights Movement, is a study of how rock and roll music and media coverage of civil rights protests converged to encourage support for the desegregation of public spaces and moderate racial equality among middle-class black and white teenagers during the 1950s and 1960s. Her research interests include popular culture and consumerism, the U.S. civil rights movement, youth culture, urban history, gender and sexuality, and Twentieth Century U.S. and African-American History.
  • Aaron Martin, Ph.D.
    Aaron Martin, Ph.D.
    Honors Senior Lecturer

    Aaron Martin studies political theory—focusing on political provocation—at Wayne State University, where in 2014 he received his PhD. As founder and director of the former nonprofit corp., TLC Charitable City Garden, Aaron also has begun researching in the field of local food politics.

  • Tim Moran, Ph.D.
    Tim Moran, Ph.D.
    Honors Senior Lecturer

    Tim Moran has spent a career as a journalist and author, writing for national, regional, and local publications on subjects that range from sailing to the automotive industry. He has worked as a staff reporter on a daily newspaper and, more extensively, as a freelance writer. He received his Ph.D. in Early American History from Wayne State in 2015 and has taught European History and American History both in the classroom and online. His thesis, “Our News is Sent by Lightning,” studied the creation of the earliest electric networks in American and how they affected news coverage from 1840 to the 1890s. Tim’s research interests include the Civil War, the Press, communication theory, and medieval history.

  • Kevin Piotrowski
    Kevin Piotrowski

    Senior Communications Officer
    (313) 577-4621

    Kevin (or "KP" as he is known around WSU) serves as the main communications contact for the Honors College in addition to coordinating the "Cultural Passport" events, Scholars Day, and other important events for the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. He also assists the Dean with special projects and planning.  KP has worked in various roles at Wayne State since 1993, and also continues to teach media and broadcasting courses in the Department of Communication.

  • Antonio Austin
    Antonio Austin

    Office Services Clerk
    (313) 577-2440

  • Stuart May

    Associate Director, Business Affairs
    (313) 993-4026

  • Minakshi Lahiri, Ph.D.
    Minakshi Lahiri, Ph.D.

    Instructional Technology Specialist
    (313) 577-9872

    Minakshi leads and manages the e-Portfolio initiative at Honors College and works closely with the Honors faculty on emerging technology integration/instructional design, Research@Honors and program assessment.  Minakshi has extensive teaching and research experience in Higher Education and has authored and published scholarly articles on educational technology. Her research interests include Technology Integration, Interactive Technologies, Emerging Educational Technologies, Online and Mobile Learning and Performance Improvement. 

  • Kevin Rashid
    Kevin Rashid

    Honors Curriculum Coordinator
    (313) 577-2445

    Kevin Rashid coordinates the IDR Honors College's first year curriculum and manages Research@Honors and the Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project.  He is also a poet and facilitates creative writing workshops in non-traditional places. Kevin knows Wayne State "from the grounds-up," having worked for many years as a full-time university groundskeeper while earning an MA in English and teaching composition, creative writing and American Studies.

  • Rachel Pawlowski
    Rachel Pawlowski

    Academic Adviser
    (313) 577-9177

    Rachel has served as an Academic Advisor for the Honors College since 2012.  Before coming to WSU, she received a Bachelors of Psychology and a Masters of Counseling from Oakland University and worked as a First Year Advisor at Baker College of Clinton Township from 2009-2012.  Currently, she uses that proactive first year advising model and is in charge of the advising programming for the first and second year honors students.  She works will honors students of all types including transfer students, FTIAC (first time in any college) students, and earn-in students.  Rachel is currently pursuing her Educational Specialist Certificate at WSU and anticipates graduation in Winter 2017.  She is excited to be working with such robust and high achieving students as those in the Honors College and looks forward to helping each and every honors student achieve their academic goals.

  • Aundra Freeman
    Aundra Freeman

    Academic Advisor


    (313) 577-9075


    Aundra Freeman is currently an Academic Advisor for the Honors College. She has over 3 years experience serving as an Academic Advisor for several Community Colleges in Michigan, along with 10 years   teaching Business, CIS and Student Success courses. Her advising experience includes new, FTIAC, guest, and transfer students.  Aundra completed her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Wayne State and MBA from University of Phoenix. She looks forward to enabling students to best represent themselves utilizing the tools to become successful WSU honors students.  

  • Angel B. Niederkohr
    Angel B. Niederkohr
    Academic Adviser
    (313) 577-9176

    Angel joined the Honors College in January 2016 and serves as an academic adviser. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from University of Michigan Dearborn in 2006. Afterward, she served as an English Language Assistant in Versailles while living in Paris. Upon returning to the U.S., she completed a Master of Science in Global and International Education with Drexel University. Angel worked as a coordinator for student activities, international programs and orientation at St. Clair County Community College from 2009-2012. Angel is student-centered and aims to help students reach their goals with accurate planning and focus.

    Schedule: Monday 12:30-4; Wednesday 8:30-5; Thursday 8:30-5

  • Ali Salamey
    Ali Salamey

    Academic Service Officer
    (313) 577-8523

    Ali is the Program Coordinator for the Start Programs in the Honors College.  After exploring his academic and personal interests living in such diverse places as New York, Ann Arbor, Fez and Beirut, Ali returns to Wayne State University where he completed his undergraduate degree in English.  Ali has extensive student services experience working at top research universities in the country as an academic advisor, program manager and instructor, in addition to completing his Masters degree in English and advanced doctoral coursework in Arabic Language and Literature.

  • Drew Moser
    Drew Moser
    Honors College Coordinator

    Drew serves as the Honors College Coordinator, with primary duties including managing the front reception area and assisting with coordinating of events for the Honors College. He came to Wayne State with two years of experience in the Records and Registration Office at Henry Ford College. In addition, he worked for 2 1/2 years as a Journalist for the Oxford Leader. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mass Communication/Broadcast Arts from Rochester College in 2009.