New Director Named for La Verne Global Ideas Honors Program

March 28, 2013 by University of La Verne


Professor of Writing Sean Bernard has been named new director of La Verne Global Ideas Honors Program.

Professor of Writing Sean Bernard has accepted an appointment as Director of the Global Ideas Honors Program at the University of La Verne. His three year term will begin in the fall 2013 semester.

As a seasoned honors interdisciplinary seminar teacher, Bernard comes to the program with extensive curricular background. He has experience as the chair of the GE committee and The La Verne Experience traditional-age undergraduate subcommittee. 

“Professor Bernard embodies the ideals of a teacher-scholar, earning recently a prestigious NEA Writing Fellowship,” Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Jonathan Reed said. “He brings both energy and ideas to the Honors Program, and we look forward to his serving our students in this new capacity.”

Bernard is preceded by Associate Professor of Art History Jon Leaver, who will complete his three-year term spring 2013. The La Verne honors freshmen enrollment has increased steadily during his term, which includes nearly 100 honors freshmen this school year. Leaver’s redesigned Global Ideas curriculum is a key reason for the steady increase in incoming student SAT scores throughout the past year. Leaver will continue to teach in the honors program, and he will now dedicate more time to his scholarship and students in the art history program.

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