Office of the Dean

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Ph.D.

Dean of the Honors College at Michigan State University (MSU) and Professor with faculty affiliations in Social Work, Political Science and the Global Urban Studies Program.  She is also currently the Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs.  Dr. Jackson-Elmoore previously served as Acting Assistant Dean of the Urban Affairs Programs, Director of the Urban Studies Graduate Program in the College of Social Science, and Co-Director of the Program in Urban Politics and Policy at Michigan State University.  Dr.

Alex Lishinski

Alex Lishinski is a Ph.D candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) program in the college of education at MSU.  His dissertation research deals with the cognitive and motivational components of the development of computer programming skills.  His research interests extend also to topics in quantitative methods and measurement, particularly causal inference and validity.  As a graduate assistant for the Honors College, he works with Dr.

Matt Zierler, Ph.D.

Zierler, an associate professor in James Madison College, has served as an Honors College faculty fellow with the National/International Fellowships & Scholarships (NIFS) Office since August 2013. Prior to that appointment, Zierler served for 10 years as a member of the MSU selection committees for the James C. Gaither Jr. Fellows Program (formerly Carnegie Junior Fellows Program), Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship and Truman Scholarship.

Stephanie Cepak

Stephanie Cepak joined the Honors College as communications manager in 2013. Previously, she worked as an account executive at Byrum & Fisk Communications. Prior to that, Stephanie was a reporter for nearly 10 years, covering Michigan politics for Gongwer News Service in Lansing and local government and business news for The Times in Frankfort, Indiana. She is the recipient of a Hoosier State Press Association community service award, as well as several Capitolbeat awards for her work at Gongwer.

Justin Micomonaco, Ph.D.

Dr. Justin Micomonaco joined the Honors College in the fall of 2011. In his role as director, he leads assessment and research efforts to inform and support the strategic plan set forth by the Dean. Responsible for assessing Honors College programs, he also identifies opportunities to collaborate with other faculty and researchers on externally funded research initiatives that align with the Honors College mission.