Honors Program

As Co-Director of the Robert Morris University Honors Program, VanDieren is not only involved in developing and teaching the honors curriculum, but she also helps to organize the 50+ honors co-curricular activities each year.  These include book clubs and summer freshmen common reads that she has directed.

Book Clubs
  • Fall 2011 Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne. This was part of the Monroe Hall Honors Dormitory Book Club co-directed with Resident Assistant Jennifer Broderick.
  • Spring 2012  Code Talker:  The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila.  This was part of the Monroe Hall Honors Dormitory Book Club co-directed with Prof. Edward Karshner and Resident Assistant Jennifer Broderick.  Students in this book club conducted research inspired by this memoir and presented it at the Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Fall 2012  Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell.  This was part of the Monroe Hall Honors Dormitory Book Club co-directed with Resident Assistant Marulla Quirk.  Other book clubs led by RMU faculty and honors students for the fall semester are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
Honors Freshmen Summer Read
  • 2009 (led by Prof. Philip Harold) The Education of Henry Adams: Autobiography by Henry Adams. 
  • 2010  Don't Sleep There are Snakes:  Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel L. Everett.
  • 2011  The Coffeehouse by Naguib Mahfouz.
  • 2012  Mighty Be Our Powers:  How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee and Carol Mithers.  The summer read led by Prof. Philip Harold was Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis.


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