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Sean Lewis Chosen as Director of the Honors Program

Michael Hershey
Graduate Assistant, College of Liberal Arts

Associate Professor of English Sarah Scott, Ph.D., is passing the directorship of the Honors Program to fellow Associate Professor of English Sean Lewis, Ph.D. From his first years at the Mount, Lewis has mentored students on many projects, including several Honors projects, in his diverse specialties ranging from medieval literature to modern film analyses. Students laud Lewis for his engaging pedagogy that breathes life into literature that many students often have never even heard of. He noted that he hopes his passion will ignite excitement in Honors students as they research and learn.

lewis-sean-425.425.jpgScott had held the position for six years, with back-to-back three-year appointments as director. Lewis applauded her for being a beacon that has attracted a broad range of students and audiences to the program. “Dr. Scott has done a wonderful job in her time…bringing in students from diverse backgrounds,” Lewis noted.

Lewis plans to continue building a strong community among Honors students by having upperclassmen coach younger Mounties through the perils and pitfalls of choosing a topic for their Senior Honors Project and explaining the long-term value of participation in the program.

He also envisions holding social and extracurricular events to build camaraderie between all four years of students. Lewis already led trips to the Walters Art Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture last semester and plans to do more in the future.

When Scholarship, Performance, Art, Research and Creativity (SPARC) Festival presentations went online in 2020, Lewis was inspired to see how many classmates, friends, and family members tuned into presentations from across the country. Since returning to in-person learning, SPARC presentations have not been recorded nor broadcast through Zoom links, making them less accessible to a potentially larger audience. He plans to bring these broadcasts back so family far and wide can listen in and students can walk away with a recording of a professional talk they delivered.

Lewis shared how humbled he was to be chosen as “facilitator” (as he puts it) of the Honors Program. “I am highly invitational of my colleagues and students when I step into this role. I am here for you. I am here to make your lives easier,” he said. All his aspirations for the program are for the benefit of the students, and their concerns will remain paramount in guiding him.

Michael Hershey
Graduate Assistant, College of Liberal Arts