NCHC Fellows

NCHC Fellows Award

NCHC Fellows are distinguished individuals who have given substantial time and energy to furthering the cause of honors education. Their years of dedication and leadership, paired with recognition on their home campus for outstanding honors teaching, make them invaluable sources of knowledge in the honors community.

NCHC members are invited to nominate those who have made a national impact on the honors community for distinction as an NCHC Fellow.

Factors considered for nomination include:

  • NCHC, regional, and/or state honors organization leadership
  • Scholarly activities relating to honors education
  • NCHC, regional, and/or state honors special events, institutes, etc.
  • Recognition for outstanding honors teaching on the home campus
  • Assistance provided to other honors programs/colleges (site visits, consulting, etc.)
  • Demonstrated record of sustained commitment to honors education
  • (3) Nomination letters: in order to be considered for the Fellows distinction, candidates must be nominated by three (3) current NCHC professional, student, or institutional members, only one of whom may be from the same institution as the candidate.

2021 Class of Fellows

Andrew J. Cognard-Black

St. Mary's College, Maryland

What is your favorite NCHC memory?

My best memories are at the interstices of NCHC, where its seams are stitched together informally by people and a rich network of friendships and friendships-to-be. For me, they often take place in the corridors between conference sessions, at or near the hotel bar, or over meals. I once ran into Jim Ruebel and his wife, Connie, getting on an elevator in Chicago. Jim was wearing a tuxedo. Earlier that year, Jim and I had a delightfully esoteric (and surprisingly long) e-mail exchange about, as I recall, the nuance of split infinitives. Our encounter at the elevator was brief, but he said something in Latin (of course): omnia mutantur, nihil interit, which I now know translates as "everything changes, nothing dies." It was the year after he had given a beautiful presidential address featuring Ovid, which I had just commented on, and it was, though I did not know it then, the last time I would see him alive before he passed away the following year. I remember running into one of my students, Colleen, at the top of the escalators in New Orleans, where she told me excitedly about the presentation she had just given with Dutch collaborators from the University of Rotterdam. I laughed to exhaustion with Kathleen, Stacy, and Art as Linda ranted phrenetically about nothing in particular while we all sat around a warm patio fire one night after a board meeting. In Boston, butter dripped down my face as I tried but failed to eat my first lobster roll gracefully while Jane and I talked about plans for a new research project. There is no single memory that stands out above all others, but when I die these and countless other faces and memories will rush together in a confluence that I will feel warmly as the National Collegiate Honors Council.

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?

I hope that my greatest accomplishment is yet to come, and I will let others be the judge. In the meantime, I will highlight a private e-mail exchange last spring with one of my students: "I want to thank you for being real with us this semester," he said. It was during a pandemic, remember, so I hold that up as a measure of great accomplishment. At the same time, I worry that we make too much of personal accomplishments. As Fred Rogers and countless others have reminded us, very few of us accomplish anything on our own. What we accomplish, we nearly always accomplish with the help of others—friends and family, perhaps, or the earlier giants on whose shoulders we stand. I will close this short essay with the words of Margaret Atwood, from her poem "Moment," reflecting on those things we often like to claim as our own: "No, they whisper. You own nothing. / You were a visitor, time after time / climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming. / We never belonged to you. / You never found us. / It was always the other way around."

Keith Garbutt

Oklahoma State University

What is your favorite NCHC memory?

What I enjoy most about NCHC is the community all the "corridor conversations", meals and late night discussions. But on reflection the The NCHC Story Slam at the 2018 conference was definitely a standout memory.

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?

I have never thought this to be an appropriate question for someone, surely this is something others should evaluate. What I am proud of are the achievements of the students and junior colleagues I have mentored over the years. Being privileged to work with remarkable young people is what makes being in Honors so rewarding. We should not only leave the ladder down but also give a hand up.

2022 NCHC Fellows Nominations

Nominations will be accepted January 25 - March 1, 2022.

Please use the form below, or at this link.


Kyoko Amano (2019)

Larry R. Andrews (2012)

William Atwill (2016)

C. Grey Austin (2011)

Richard Badenhausen (2010)

Elizabeth C. Beck (2010)

Gary Bell (2010)

Patrice Berger (2015)

Irmgard Bocchino (2012)

Bernice Braid (2010)

Ron Brandolini (2012)

Earl Brown (2015)

Margaret Brown (2015)

Kate Bruce (2010)

Catherine Cater (2011)

Andrew J. Cognard-Black (2021)

Ira Cohen (2010)

Lisa L. Coleman (2012)

Richard J. Cummings (2012)

Lydia R. Daniel (2010)

Freddye T. Davy (2012)

Joan H. Digby (2010)

Steven Engel (2018)

Ted Estess (2012)

Barry Falk (2016)

Linda Frost (2020)

Keith Garbutt (2021)

John Grady (2012)

Annmarie Guzy (2015)

Jerry Herron (2018)

Bonnie Irwin (2010)

Jocelyn Jackson (2011)

Melissa L. Johnson (2018)

G. Hewett Joiner (2013)

Kathleen King (2015)

Carolyn Kuykendall (2013)

Jennifer Lane (2010)

Greg Lanier (2010)

Donzell Lee (2010)

Ada Long (2010)

George Mariz (2014)

Virginia McCombs (2012)

Dail Mullins (2010)

Mary Kay Mulvaney (2015)

Timothy Nichols (2019)

Rosalie Otero (2010)

Anne Ponder (2012)

Jeffrey Portnoy (2010)

John Portz (2011)

Alison Primoza (2011)

Ann R. Raia (2013)

Mary Beth Rathe (2020)

P. Brent Register (2013)

Jack Rhodes (2012)

Jessica Roark (2014)

Rae Rosenthal (2018)

James Ruebel (2015)

Hallie Savage (2010)

Samuel Schuman (2010)

Rick Scott (2011)

Ricki Shine (2012)

Charlie Slavin (2011)

Laurie Smith Law (2018)

Art L. Spisak (2019)

Robert Spurrier (2010)

Elaine Torda (2013)

Lothar Tresp (2016)

Norm Weiner (2012)

Marca Wolfensberger (2013)

Len Zane (2015)

John Zubizarreta (2010)