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Honors Council

The Honors Council is the official leadership body of the Honors Program. As some of the most distinguished faculty at the University of La Verne, the Council is entrusted with advising the Honors Director on creating program policies, handling of curricular issues, and establishing the future goals of the program. In terms of logistics, the Honors Council meets no less than one time per academic semester. This Council is comprised of faculty members who are currently teaching in the Honors Program (defined as having taught a Honors course in the previous twelve calendar months) and are selected by the Director. The current membership of the Honors Council is as follows:

Allyson Brantley

Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
B.A., University of Notre Dame




Joseph Cabrera

Associate Professor of Sociology
Chair, Criminal Justice and Criminology Online
Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.A., University of Arizona
M.U.P, CUNY, Hunter College
B.S., University of California, Irvine


Issac M. Carter

Associate Professor of Education
Chair, Social Justice Higher Education Administration
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
M.A., DePaul University
B.S., Elmhurst College


Ann Hills

Associate Professor of Spanish
Chair, Modern Languages Department
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., California State University, Northridge


Judy Holiday

Assistant Professor of Writing
Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.A., California State University, San Bernardino
B.A., University of Delaware

Gerard Lavatori

Professor of French
Chair, French Program
Director, Liberal Arts Program
Interim Chair, English Department
Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., Brown University
B.A., Boston College


Elaine Padilla

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Ph.D., Drew University
M.A., Regent University
B.A., University of Florida



Laurie Rodrigues

Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
M.A., Boston College
B.A., Worcester State College



Dane Sawyer

Senior Adjunct of Religion and Philosophy
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
M.A., Claremont School of Theology
B.A., University of La Verne


Honors Scholarship and Study Abroad Adviser

In addition to the Honors Council, also available to students is the Honors Scholarship and Study Abroad Faculty Adviser (HSSAFA). The HSSAFA is available to students to coordinate and direct, in consolation with the Honors Program Director, the daily operation of all nationally competitive scholarship/fellowship and study abroad opportunities. Furthermore, the HSSAFA is here to advise Honors students regarding opportunities and help with the application process.


Al Clark

Honors Scholarship and Study Abroad Faculty Adviser
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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