The Honors College offices are located in Lecture Center 31 - near the stairs that lead up to (and down from) the University Library. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Dean of the Honors College: Hui-Ching Chang, Ph.D.


As Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Communication, Dr. Chang sees knowledge as intimately connected with everyday practices. After completing her law degree from National Taiwan University, she pursued advanced degrees in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Chang has studied Chinese language patterns, specifically Taiwanese national identity as constituted through discursive practices. Her book, Clever, Creative, Modest: The Chinese Language Practice (2010), examines Chinese language behavior from three distinctive yet overlapping dimensions: the manipulative speaker, the artistic speaker, and the humble speaker. Her most recent book, Language, Politics and Identity in Taiwan: Naming China (2015), explores how Taiwanese fashion their identities in the shifting and intertwined paths of five names Taiwan used to name China: "Communist bandits"; "Chinese Communists"; "mainland"; "opposite shore"; and the "People's Republic of China."

Dean Chang has received many grants and top paper awards for her research and has been an invited keynote speaker at numerous international conferences. Her publications have appeared in Journal of Language and Politics; Discourse Studies; Research on Language and Social Interaction; Journal of Language and Social Psychology; Nationalism and Ethnic Studies; and Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, among others. Very recently she was principal editor of the special issue, “Explored but not Assumed: Revisiting Commonalities in Asian Pacific Communication” (2015), in the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication.

Dr. Chang enjoys putting theories into practice: "I firmly believe that it is adventure and personal engagement that brings intercultural communication to life, an inspiring perspective I learned while on 'Semester at Sea'." She was a Fulbright Scholar, Ukraine (2010-2011, 2012); Chair Professor of the College of Journalism at Xiamen University, China (2009-2012); Visiting Scholar to Hong Kong Baptist University (2007) and Visiting Scholar to National Taiwan University (2003-2004).

Prior to coming to UAlbany, Dr. Chang was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Honors College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Faculty-in-Residence, where she pioneered innovative programs like "Cutie's Office Hours" to promote a vibrant living-learning community. She served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in her department, and was also a trained mediator for UIC's Dispute Resolution Service. For Dean Chang, being an Honors College administrator requires the same curiosity and urge to learn as it does for research and teaching—it is exciting, energizing, and fulfilling. 

Anita Hanson, Honors Advisor

I am thrilled to be the Academic Advisor for first year students in The Honors College.  I look forward to getting to know each one of your “stories” and hopes and dreams for the future and to help you articulate what those things might be for you!  I will work closely with you as you make adjustments to your courses, majors, plans, and activities along the way.  My goal is to make sure you are aware of course requirements, honors requirements, available majors and minors, and opportunities for service learning, study abroad, internships, professional development and community service.  Once you decide on a major, either your first or second year, your academic advisor will become a member of the major department.  By that time you will be more aware of educational resources and opportunities to expand your learning on and off campus.  My door is always open if I can answer any questions.  I respect the journey each one of you in on.  I look forward to working with you!

Renee Copperwheat, Assistant to the Dean of the Honors College

Having just joined the UAlbany community in fall 2017, I am looking forward to learning more about this institution and of course, about all of you! As Assistant to the Dean, I will coordinate events and support all aspects of the Honors College. Prior to coming to UAlbany, I worked as an assistant to the dean of admissions at Colgate University, where I supported prospective students through every step of the admissions process. I also spent a year in the national fellowship and scholarship office, where I helped Colgate students apply to nationally competitive fellowships and provided top students with opportunities to connect and learn at research symposiums, workshops, luncheons, and theater trips. I graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received my master’s degree in school counseling from Syracuse University. My goal is to help you make the most of your time at UAlbany and I cannot wait to get started!

Jennifer Killens, Secretary

For over 4 years now, I have been a member of the University at Albany family.  I started working on the Residential Quads, as the Office Assistant, for 3 years.  Then, I ventured over to Human Resources, in the Time and Attendance Unit, working with the faculty and staff.  My journey has now brought me to the Honors College team.  It will  be exciting and refreshing to see such academically driven students strive to meet their true potential.  I am always ready and willing to be a helpful resource for both the current and prospective Honors College students.  I look forward to getting to know the students and watch them grow and achieve their academic goals.