Faculty & Staff

Director of the Thomas More Honors Program

Dr. Amanda Moras





Director of the Honors Living and Learning Community

Kenneth Knies, Ph.D.Dr. Kenneth Knies, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was born and raised in New York City, and did his undergraduate work at Brown University. After a year-long stint in the Social and Political Thought program at Sussex University in England, he decided to pursue a doctorate in philosophy, which he received from Stony Brook University in 2010. Before joining the Sacred Heart faculty in 2011, Dr. Knies spent several years between Cologne, Germany and Leuven, Belgium tracking down Edmund Husserl’s philosophy. Courses that he regularly offers include: Introduction to Philosophical Problems; Introduction to Phenomenology; Existentialism; Philosophical Psychology; Philosophy of Knowledge. Dr. Knies’ primary research focus is phenomenology. He is currently working on a book-length study of the relationship between transcendental and historical reflection in Husserl’s Crisis, as well as a shorter study on the nature of presuppositions. He also has interests in ancient philosophy and the differing approaches to transcendental subjectivity in the modern tradition. In addition to his responsibilities as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Knies also serves as co-Program Director of the Great Challenges Minor: Scientific Literacy in the 21st Century. As director of the Honors LLC, Dr. Knies looks forward to cultivating an intellectual climate in which students are encouraged to discover new interests and develop their capacity to appreciate, critique and shape our cultural world.

Honors Administrative Assistant

Christine McMahonMs. Christine McMahon will be joining the Honors Program as Honors Administrative Assistant. Ms. McMahon is currently and has been the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences for over seven years. Much of her time has been dedicated to the organization, management, and processing of all entering Freshmen and continues with students considering and declaring their majors. Ms. McMahon looks forward to working with the Honors Team.





The faculty members who teach in the Honors Program represent diverse disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and health sciences. Each semester the slate of honors faculty members and the specific set of honors courses offered vary, depending on curricular and departmental needs. Some examples of the types of honors courses that we offer appear below.

Faculty Member Department Course
Fall 2014
Thomas Curran History HI-CC101: The Human Journey: Historical Paths to Civilization
Charlotte Gradie History HI-CC101: The Human Journey: Historical Paths to Civilization
Joanne Rochman English EN-CC102: Literary Expressions of the Human Journey
Tuli Chatterji English EN-CC102: Literary Expressions of the Human Journey
Dhia Habboush Chemistry CH-CC103: The Human Community and Science Discovery
Geffrey Stopper Biology BI-CC103: The Human Community and Science Discovery
Deirdre Yeater  Psychology PS-CC103:  The Human Community: The Individual and Society
Christopher Kelly Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies RS-CC104: The Human Search for Truth, Justice, and the Common Good
Deirdre Yeater Psychology FY-PS125 (First Year Seminar): Comparative Animal Psychology: Are Animals Deep Thinkers?
Andrew Pierce Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies FY-PH125 (First Year Seminar):  War and Peace:  Violence and Human Nature
Gerald Reid Sociology FY-SO125 (First Year Seminar): The Structure of Social Injustice
Steven Michels Government, Politics & Global Studies FY-PO125 (First Year Seminar):  Talking About Fight Club
Mark Jareb Biology FY-BI125 (First Year Seminar): 
Cara Erdheim English ENG-299:  Disability Discourse
Bronwyn Cross-Denny Social Work SO239 AH/SW224 AH: Diversity & Oppression
Julianna Stockton Mathematics MA280:  History of Mathematics
Michael Amico Psychology PS110: Introduction to Psychology
Annemarie Murphy Psychology PS295:  Health Psychology
Kate O’Gara Government, Politics & Global Studies PO243: Terrorism
Michael Ventimiglia Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies PH101:  Introduction to Philosophy
Kenneth Knies Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies PH306:  Existentialism
Anna Greer Exercise Science EX230: Research and Evaluation for Health Professionals