Dean's Scholars

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The 2019 Class of CHBS Dean's Scholars – Front, from left: Julia Kell, Nadia Parada Villeda, Kaitlyn Partanen, Autumn Woodson and Greg Capps. Rear, from left: Jennifer Cole, Shayna Gutcho, Cory Higgs, Sarah Derrick, Evan Mason, Duane Knox and Zane Mullins.

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) celebrated its top scholars at the 2019 Dean’s Scholars Awards ceremony on April 19.

“This is a special day in the life of a college. We are recognizing 12 students of merit who have made a difference,” said Interim CHBS Dean Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D. “All of you have made great accomplishments. Some of you have overcome great obstacles.”

The 2019 Class of CHBS Dean’s Scholars was joined by more than 50 family, friends and faculty members for the ceremony. Each recipient was introduced by a CHBS faculty member and awarded a plaque. Their individual pictures and special designations as a Dean’s Scholar for their academic department will also be displayed in the CHBS Building’s foyer for the upcoming year.

The 2019 CHBS Dean’s Scholars and the departments they represent are:

  • Greg Capps, philosophy and religious studies;
  • Jennifer Cole, psychology;
  • Sarah Derrick, communication;
  • Shayna Gutcho, sociology;
  • Cory Higgs, media studies;
  • Julia Kell, English;
  • Duane Knox, criminal justice;
  • Evan Mason, interdisciplinary studies;
  • Zane Mullins, political science;
  • Kaitlyn Partanen, history;
  • Nadia Parada Villeda, foreign languages and literature; and
  • Autumn Woodson, social sciences.

Tamara Partanen watched her daughter, Kaitlyn, receive the Dean’s Scholar Award for the Department of History from Associate Professor of History Suzanne Ament, Ph.D.

“It is wonderful to see her hard work be recognized,” Partanen said. “She loves history and it warms my heart to know that she will soon be sharing that love with others as a teacher.”

As his parents looked on, Duane Knox was honored as the Department of Criminal Justice Dean’s Scholar by Professor Stephen Owen, Ph.D. 

“Academically, I enjoyed this experience,” Knox said. “The professors shared such valuable professional and life experiences along with their knowledge. I am grateful.”


Jun 3, 2019
Don Bowman
University Relations

2019 Dean's Scholar Recipients

2019HISTDeanScholarKaitlynPartanen

Kaitlyn A. Partanen - History

2019IDSLDeanScholarEvanMason

Evan Mason - Interdisciplinary Studies

2019CRJUDeanScholarDuaneKnox

Duane Hunter Knox - Criminal Justice

2019PHREDeanScholarGregCapps

Greg Capps - Philosophy and Religious Studies

2019PSYCDeanScholarJenniferCole

Jennifer L. Cole - Psychology

2019MSTDDeanScholarCoryHiggs

Cory L. Higgs - Media Studies

2019SOCSCIDeanScholarAutumnWoodson

Autumn N. Woodson - Social Science

2019SOCYDeanScholarShaynaGutcho

Shayna Gutcho - Sociology

2019ENGLDeanScholarJuliaKell

Julia Kell - English

2019POSCDeanScholarZaneMullins

Zane Mullins - Political Science

2019COMSDeanScholarSarahDerrick

Sarah Derrick - Communication

2019FORLDeanScholarNadiaParadaVilleda

Nadia Parada Villeda - Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dean's Scholars Award Photo Gallery

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Photos from the Dean’s Scholars Award Ceremony held Friday April 19th, 2019