Faculty & Staff

Director of the Thomas More Honors Program

‌‌Dr. Suzanne Deschênes grew up in Maine and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she participated in the honors program and received an A.B. in Biology.  She earned a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Univ. of Pennsylvania and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences Univ. in Portland, Oregon. In 2001, she returned to the East Coast to take a teaching position in the Biology Department at Sacred Heart. Dr. Deschênes was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2008. She has taught genetics, introductory biology, cancer biology, biotechnology, biology senior seminar, and Common Core and honors courses, and she has enjoyed mentoring students in her research involving DNA repair. She was appointed Director of the Thomas More Honors Program in 2011.

Director of the Honors Living and Learning Community

Dr. Rick Magee was born and raised in California.  He received his BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley and his MA in English from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  He moved to the East Coast to continue graduate studies, and he received his PhD in English from Fordham University in 2002.  In 2003, Dr. Magee joined the faculty at Sacred Heart University where he has taught a wide variety of classes in English, the Common Core, and Honors.  In 2012 he was named the director of the Thomas More Honors College Living and Learning Community.  He lives in Bethel with his wife and young son.


Honors Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Deanna Bradshaw received her B.S. in Business Administration here at Sacred Heart, and is an administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  Mrs. Bradshaw has ably and cheerfully provided administrative support since 2008 to the Program and LLC Directors with the keeping of honors records, budgetary needs, mailings, and a host of other duties necessary for the maintenance and growth of the Program. Without Mrs. Bradshaw as an anchor, we’d be adrift in a sea of administrative storms!




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 2013
Thomas Curran History HI-CC101: The Human Journey: Historical Paths to Civilization
Cara Erdheim English EN-CC102: Literary Expressions of the Human Journey
Roberta Staples English EN-CC102: Literary Expressions of the Human Journey
Dhia Habboush Chemistry CH-CC103: The Human Community and Science Discovery
Jesse Bailey Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies PH-CC104: The Human Search for Truth, Justice, and the Common Good
Deirdre Yeater Psychology FYE-PS125 (First Year Seminar): Comparative Animal Psychology: Are Animals Deep Thinkers?
Kenneth Knies Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies FYE-PH125 (First Year Seminar):  Profiles of Courage
Gerald Reid Sociology FYE-SO125 (First Year Seminar): The Structure of Social Injustice
Michael Amico Psychology PS110: Introduction to Psychology
Gerald Reid Sociology SO299: Housing and Homeless in the U.S.
Christel Manning Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies TRS299: Dangerous cults and rebel religions: the meaning of religious freedom in America
Anna Price Exercise Science EX230: Research and Evaluation for Health Professionals

Honors Academic Advisory Committee 

  • Prof. Jesse Bailey | Philosophy
  • Assoc. Dean Mike Bozzone | English
  • Prof. Suzanne Deschenes | Biology
  • Prof. Mark Jareb | Biology
  • Ms. Tricia Klauser | Career Development & Placement
  • Prof. Richard Magee | English
  • Prof. Jennifer McLaughlin | History
  • Prof. Matthew Moran | Exercise Science
  • Prof. Amanda Moras | Sociology