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Honors College Faculty

Mr. Robert Ebendorf


Honors College Faculty Fellow and Artist in Residence

Master metalsmith Robert Ebendorf, known internationally as one of the early contemporary jewelry artists working with found objects, finds creative uses for discarded and often incongruous materials in jewelry making. He has been a leaders and teacher in the studio jewelry movement for more than 40 years. The creativity of his jewelry lies not simply in the intellectual repositioning of familiar objects, but in more physical transformations of material, that in the end astonish the viewer.

A founder and past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Ebendorf is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Smithsonian Institution in DC, the Victoria Albert Museum in London and the Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, among many others. He recently received the 2010 North Carolina Award for the Fine Arts, the state's highest civilian honor and has been named a "master of the medium" by the Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution.

He previously served as the Belk Distinguished Professor in the Arts for 15 years and now will continue teaching Metals Design courses in the School of Art and Design in addition to embarking upon the role of the Artist in Residence for the Honors College. 

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Fogarty


Honors College Faculty Fellow

Dr. Liz Fogarty is serving as a  Honors Faculty Fellow.  Dr. Fogarty is an associate professor in Elementary Education in the College of Education. She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, before completing her Master of Science in Gifted Education and Talent Development at Minnesota State, Mankato and her Ph.D. in Gifted Education at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Fogarty has taught in the College of Education at East Carolina University since 2006. She has served in several capacities, including AIG Program Coordinator and as the Associate Chair of the Elementary and Middle Grades Department. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate level coursework in elementary education, as well as gifted education. In 2006, she was recognized by the National Association for the Gifted and Talented with the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

She was recognized in 2010 by the same organization as an Early Leader in the field of gifted education. In 2013, she was recognized for teaching excellence at ECU with a Board of Governors Distinguished Professor award nomination and was awarded the East Carolina Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award.

Liz lives in Greenville with her husband, Adam, their three children, Tracy (18), Holden (4) and Harper (2), and doxie-schon mix, Simon. She enjoys running, reading, swimming, and hanging out with her family. In the community Liz serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem and serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Dr. Katherine Ford

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Dr. Katherine (Katie) Ford is serving as an Honors College Faculty Fellow. She is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

Katherine Ford earned an A.B. in Spanish with a minor in Women's Studies from Bowdoin College, studying abroad in Costa Rica for a summer and Madrid for her Junior year. Having fallen in love with Madrid and Spain, she returned to complete her M.A. from Middlebury College after a summer in Vermont. She extended her time in Madrid by teaching English for another year in the city. Katie returned to the U.S. to complete her Ph.D. in Atlanta at Emory University, defending her dissertation in 2006, the same year she joined the faculty at ECU.

Dr. Ford's research specializes in Modern Latin American literature, concentrating on Latin American theater and performance of the twentieth century with a special focus on the Hispanic Caribbean. She is the author ofPolitics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater(published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010). Her current book-length project centers on the role of re-writing and re-visioning in the theater of the twentieth-century in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

Katie particularly enjoys reading, cooking, and learning about the world around her, and helping others to discover the world of books and new spaces. Her husband is also in education, teaching Spanish in middle and high school. They have two children in primary school with whom they enjoy traveling and discovering new ideas and places.

 Dr. Daniel Goldberg

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Honors College Faculty Fellow

Daniel S. Goldberg is an attorney, an historian, and a public health ethicist.  Trained as an interdisciplinary scholar, he holds a B.A. with honors in philosophy from Wesleyan University, and received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 2002.  He clerked for a state supreme court justice and practiced pharmaceutical, hospital, and insurance litigation for several years before earning his Ph.D. with distinction in the medical humanities from the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch in 2009.

His scholarship focuses on the law, history, and ethics of public health.  Specifically, he works on topics such as chronic pain, disease stigma, and the social determinants of health.  He has studied the inequitable undertreatment of chronic pain for over 10 years, and has published multiple papers and a monograph on the subject.  He is currently writing an intellectual history of the first fifty years of X-ray usage, as well as an introductory textbook in public health ethics.

He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health at his university, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Timothy Runyan


Honors College Faculty Fellow
Scholarship and Fellowship Advisor for Honors College Students


Timothy J. Runyan is a Faculty Fellow in the Honors College. He is a member of the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. Runyan received his PhD from the University of Maryland, and was awarded a fellowship for study at the University of London. Faculty appointments included the University of Maryland, Cleveland State University where he chaired three departments and served as assistant dean, Oberlin College, and director of the graduate program in Maritime Studies at ECU.  From 2007-11, he was

invited to serve as Acting Manager of the Maritime Heritage Program, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—the largest maritime heritage program in the federal government.

He has published several books including European Naval and Maritime History, 300-1500; and To Die Gallantly: The Battle of the Atlantic, and served five years as editor of the scholarly journal The American Neptune, published at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Runyan is chair of the editorial advisory board of Sea History, published by the National Maritime Historical Society and on the editorial board of several scholarly journals including Coriolus: A Journal of Maritime Studies (Mystic Seaport, CT).  He is a founder and trustee of the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, one of America's largest. He led the effort to preserve the 1925-built, 618-foot Steamship William G. Mather as a museum ship on the Cleveland, Ohio lakefront. For ten years he served as president of the Great Lakes Historical Society and its Inland Seas Museum. Runyan is chair of the National Maritime Alliance, a leading advocate for federal support for maritime heritage.

A scuba diver, he has participated in several underwater archaeology projects. He was a principal investigator in the survey and identification of the Russian-American Company bark Kad'yak that sank in 1860 off Kodiak, Alaska. It is the oldest shipwreck found in Alaska, and the only Russian American Company ship discovered. The recipient of numerous research grants, he is Principal Investigator for a $250,000 project with the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for 2011-13. He enjoys sports, especially basketball, and everything involving the ocean and inland waters. His wife Laurie is also an educator and they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren.

Fall 2015 Honors College Instructional Team

HNRS 2000 Honors Leadership and Service Colloquium

HNRS 3000 Honors Research Colloquium

HNRS 4000 Honors Capstone Colloquium

Fall Honors Seminars

Dr. Michael Bassman


Distinguished Honors Professor Emeritus

Dr. Michael Bassman served East Carolina University for forty-four years as a Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor, Director of the University Honors Program, Director of the Undergraduate Research Program, and Distinguished Honors Professor in the Honors College.

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