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Honors Program Director: Kate McPherson

Dr. McPherson, who joined the UVU faculty in 2000, is Professor of English and teaches English Renaissance literature, including courses in Shakespeare on campus and regularly on UVU's London Study Abroad program. An award-winning educator, McPherson is co-editor of the Shakespeare Life & Times section of the Internet Shakespeare Editions and is also Resident Scholar for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company, an original practices performance troupe begun by two UVU students. She and her UVU Shakespeare class have recently completed projects mentoring troubled young men incarcerated at the Slate Canyon Youth Center in the study and performance of a Shakespeare play, as well as an creating encyclopedia entry on the Curtain Theater for the Map of Early Modern London.

She is co-editor, with Dr. Kathryn Moncrief (Washington College, Maryland), of three edited collections, Shakespeare Embodied: Page and Playhouse in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (forthcoming, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013); Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction, and Performance (Ashgate, 2011) and Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2008). With Dr. James Mardock (University of Nevada-Reno), she also recently co-edited Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England (Duquesne University Press, 2014). McPherson has also published numerous articles on early modern maternity in scholarly journals. She holds a doctorate in English Renaissance Literature from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

She notes that "After years of working closely with Honors, I'm excited to direct the Honors Program. I graduated from an Honors Program at a large state university and believe deeply in the power of Honors to connect students to their peers and to their own academic and professional strengths. I'm especially thrilled to work with both incoming and advanced students, linking them with UVU's outstanding faculty and the many opportunities they have for engaged learning and enriching undergraduate research opportunities."

Kate is married to UVU alumnus Michael Nagro, who teaches English at Timpanogos High School. They have one daughter, Miranda McPherson, an aspiring actress and writer.


Program Coordinator: Allen Hill

Allen Hill graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Philosophy & English Literature from Utah Valley University in 2004. Allen joined the Honors Program staff in 2008 after several years working as Managing Editor and Symposium Coordinator for Sunstone Education Foundation and its magazine. Allen's main areas of responsibility in Honors includes advising students (last names beginning A–L), academic scheduling, design, assessment, and outdoor excursions. Some of Allen's interests include art and photography, reading great works of literature and philosophy, gardening, and the trusted companionship of his special lady, Lindsay, and their little dog, Daisy.


Program Coordinator: Tiffany Nez

Tiffany Nez graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in English from Utah Valley University in 2007. She joined the Honors Program staff in 2007 after several years working outside higher education in business management positions. Tiffany's main areas of responsibility in Honors include advising students (last names beginning M–Z), Honors Program housing, Honors scholarships, and ticketed events. Tiffany is passionate about literature (enjoying a mix of fiction and nonfiction), travel, (Spain trip soon!), and is a novice connoisseur and sommelier. She is currently researching the education systems on US reservations with the hope that she can assist in saving her cultural heritage. Her husband, Jared is a full-time comedian and her daughter, Faith is a full-time fashion fiend. Sometimes she runs on Geekpower, but always tries to enjoy the ride.


Honors Steering Committee

The Honors Steering Committee is comprised of UVU faculty members, Honors Coordinators, and a member of the Honors Board of Senators. The Honors Steering Committee works with the Honors Program Director and assists with decisions concerning Honors curriculum, Program governance, policy, development, and evaluation deliberations. Members of the Honors Steering Committee represent the colleges and/or departments served by the Program and also elicit support from the UVU campus community.




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Main Office: LC 204

Telephone: 801.863.6262

Fax: 801.863.6562

Email: HonorsProgram@uvu.edu 

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Honors Program Director: 
Dr. Kate McPherson 
Office: LC 204a 
Telephone: 801.863.8055 
Email: kmcpherson@uvu.edu 




Program Coordinator: 
Allen Hill 
Office: LC 204d 
Telephone: 801.863.6841 
Email: allen.hill@uvu.edu 




Program Coordinator: 
Tiffany Nez 
Office: LC 204c 
Telephone: 801.863.6223 
Email: tiffany.nez@uvu.edu 
Schedule Appt: https://tiffanynez.youcanbook.me