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Honors College Faculty

Dr. Katherine Ford

Katie Ford

Honors College Faculty Fellow

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 of Politics 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. 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 2016 Honors College Instructional Team

HNRS2000: Honors Leadership and Service Colloquium

HNRS3000: Honors Research Colloquium

HNRS4000: Honors Capstone Colloquium

Fall 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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