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Honors College Faculty

runyanDr. 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.

Kindal ShoresDr. Kindal Shores

Honors College Faculty Fellow

Dr. Kindal Shores is serving as a  Honors Faculty Fellow for the second year.  Dr. Shores is an associate professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies in the College of Health and Human Performance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, before completing both her Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

As a faculty member at ECU, Kindal has been recognized for her teaching and research. She received an award from the Board of Governors as a Distinguished Professor for Teaching (2014) and has previously been recognized as an ECU Scholar-Teacher (2010), awarded the ECU Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching (2010), and selected as the Outstanding Researcher in her college (2012).  Kindal has authored 27 peer review publications, more than 20 reports, and has worked with colleagues on research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson, National Recreation and Park Association as well as state foundations and the City of Atlanta. She is passionate about the role that parks and leisure can play in improving wellbeing for all residents.  In the community Kindal serves on the Pitt County Council on Aging Board of Directors.

Kindal lives in Winterville with her husband, Hans, their son Levi (5), and two enormous lab-mix dogs. Outside academic life Kindal enjoys almost anything outdoors, cookouts with friends and cheering on Pirate sports teams.

Liz FogartyDr. 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.

Fall 2014 Honors College Faculty

HNRS 2000: Honors Leadership and Service Colloquium

  • Dr. Liz Fogarty, Honors College & Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education, College of Education
  • Dr. Andy Herdman, Department of Management, College of Business

HNRS 3000: Honors Research Colloquium

  • Dr. Ricky Castles, Department of Engineering, College of Engineering and Technology
  • Dr. Jennifer Cremeens, Department of Health Education and Promotion, College of Health and Human Performance
  • Dr. Liz Fogarty, Honors College & Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education, College of Education
  • Dr. Claudia Jolls, Department of Biology, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Michael Wheeler, Department of Nutrition Science, College of Human Ecology

HNRS 4000: Honors Capstone Colloquium

HNRS 2011: EC Scholars Seminar - Pain, Its Paradoxes, and the Human Condition

  • Dr. Daniel Goldberg, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Brody School of Medicine

HNRS 2011: Honors College Seminar - Voyages in Arts and Literature of the Sea

HNRS 2013: Honors College Seminar - Maritime Conflict and Piracy

bassmanDr. 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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