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Feedback Sought on Presentations by Honors Director Finalists

Candidate feedback deadline is Dec. 14 at noon

Dec 12, 2017 — Article by: Rob Enslin

Chris Johnson and Danielle Taana Smith

Chris E. Johnson and Danielle Taana Smith

The Honors Director Search Committee seeks feedback on candidates for the directorship of the Renée Crown University Honors Program.

The finalists are Chris E. Johnson, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and interim director of the Honors Program at Syracuse, and Danielle Taana Smith, professor of sociology and director of the Honors Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Each candidate recently presented at an on-campus forum, videos of which are available online. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to view the videos and then send constructive feedback and critiques to The deadline for feedback is noon on Thursday, Dec. 14. For more information, contact the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) at 315.443.3949.

Click here for Johnson’s presentation.

Click here for Smith’s presentation.

“Ultimately, we want a seasoned leader whose work and vision align with our institutional values,” says Karin Ruhlandt, dean of A&S and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. “Timely and specific feedback about each finalist is vital to the search process.”

Based in A&S, Honors is an all-University program named for Renée Schine Crown ’50, H’84, a civic leader and philanthropist who is a member of the A&S Board of Visitors and a member emerita of the University’s Board of Trustees. Described as an enhanced educational experience for exceptional undergraduates, the Honors Program offers intellectual challenge and curricular enrichment through seminars, special cultural events and close contact with faculty and students.

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