Westminster Taps Chapman to Lead All-College Honors Program

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College has appointed Dr. Jamie Chapman as director of the All-College Honors Program.

Chapman currently serves as associate professor of sociology at Westminster College. She will begin her new duties during summer 2023, succeeding Dr. Kristianne Kalata, associate professor of English.

“As associate professor of sociology, Dr. Chapman has developed strengths in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship that will aid her leadership of this important program and the focused work that has supported honors students’ personal and professional development,” said Dr. Jamie McMinn, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

The All-College Honors Program provides opportunities for selected students to gain a deep appreciation of the multiple dimensions of knowledge by creating a community of honors scholars and promoting intellectual vitality and academic rigor. Honors students complete an enhanced curriculum that includes research, thesis preparation, problem solving, independent investigation and travel abroad opportunities, including an annual educational trip to Greece. The program culminates in an honors thesis or project that involves working closely with a faculty member in the student’s major.

Last May, Chapman accompanied 23 honors students and the program director on the annual journey to Greece, a two-week travel experience in collaboration with the Athens Centre.

“My experience traveling to Greece this last May reinvigorated my intellectual curiosity and exposed me to an additional meaningful career opportunity at Westminster College,” said Chapman. “I enjoyed exploring with and getting to know all of the students on the trip, and I am excited to have been selected for this appointment.”

Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in social sciences from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She went on to earn her doctorate in sociology from the University of Akron.

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