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Meet our Staff

JPEG ImageKimberly Engber, Ph.D.

Dean of the Honors College
Associate Professor, English



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Dr. Engber received her BA in English from Kenyon College and her Ph.D. in English with a specialization in women's and gender studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). In addition to teaching literature and composition for several years at Hunter College CUNY in New York City, she has lectured at universities in Japan and Europe.  She spent the 2006-2007 academic year teaching in the Department of American Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia with the support of a Fulbright Teaching Grant.  Her research focuses on American women writers, particularly women travel writers, anthropologists, and writers of fictional autobiographies.  She never passes up an opportunity to travel, and she hopes her next project will include writers who love the Adriatic Sea as much as she currently does. She can be reached at kimberly.engber@wichita.edu.


JPEG ImageJeffrey Stephens, PhD - Honors College Academic Advisor and Coordinator of National Scholarships
Dr. Stephens was an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He earned his PhD in Theatre History from The Ohio State University, an MA in Speech and Theatre from Oklahoma State University, and a BA in Letters from the University of Oklahoma where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Stephens served as an academic advisor in the Oklahoma State University Honors College and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at OSU where he supervised the department’s teaching assistants. In addition to his extensive teaching and advising background, Dr. Stephens brings to Wichita State his experience as a member of the Department of Development for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Dr. Stephens has led or co-led several theatre tours to the UK where he has lectured on late 19th and 20th century drama at the International Student House in London. He has participated in such theatre conferences as the International Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway; the Chekhov Festival in Kaliningrad, Russia; and the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania. He has also published essays and reviews on international performance in several journals including Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Slavic and East European Performance, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre.  Dr. Stephens can be reached at jeffrey.stephens@wichita.edu.


JPEG ImageKimn Gollnick, MA - Honors Administrative Coordinator
Born and raised in the greater Seattle area, Kimn moved to Iowa with her family, working as a freelance writer/reporter and teaching writing courses at the local homeschool assistance program. A life-long learner with a strong interest in education, Kimn returned to college and graduated from the University of Iowa as a member of Honors with a double major in Journalism/Communications and English with High Distinction (magna cum laude). She went on to earn her MA in English Literary Studies from the University of Iowa in 2010. She taught college-level courses and worked in magazine publishing before moving to Wichita in January 2014. She loves home improvement projects, barbecues, comedy, and reading good books. Kimn can be reached at kimn.gollnick@wichita.edu.


  • Day-to-day office operations and direct support of the Dean
  • Finances such as timekeeping/payroll, invoices/payables, budget reports
  • Provide assistance to Honors faculty and students
  • Supervise student employees
  • Honors Web site management
  • Alumni data and contact information

JPEG ImageStephanie Rogers - Undergraduate Research Grants Program Assistant
Stephanie graduated from Wichita State in May 2014 with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is applying to graduate school for her Doctorate of Audiology in Fall 2015. Until then she is having fun binge-watching Netflix. Stephanie serves as Undergraduate Research Grants Program Assistant and is always willing to talk about undergraduate research! She can be reached at her original email at stephanie.fowler@wichita.edu.


  • Advise students on UG Grant application
  • Provide administrative support for UG Grants
  • Market grant and affilitated programs across campus
  • Work with the Honors College Dean to develop and administer new programs to expand the UG Research initiative

JPEG ImageRachel Tuck - Senior Honors Undergraduate Fellow
Rachel is a WSU senior majoring in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, and Biology. She is a member of WSU Rowing and SAC, has been active as an Emory Lindquist Scholar, and serves in leadership with WHEAT. After graduation, she plans to enroll in dental school to pursue Odontology, a forensic field specializing in bite marks. As an Honors Undergraduate Fellow, she wants to make Honors more accessible to to students of all majors. She can be reached at HonorsUGFellow@wichita.edu.


  • Communications - Honors newsletter, email, and social media
  • Event planning oversight and mentorship
  • Liaison to WHEAT
  • Reception and office support

JPEG ImageBrae Bigge - Honors Undergraduate Fellow
[Text coming.]  Brae can be reached at HonorsUGFellow@wichita.edu.


  • Recruitment event planning and marketing
  • Community service and coordinating activities with WHEAT
  • Reception and office support

JPEG ImageBridget Carroll - Honors Undergraduate Fellow
Bridget Carroll is a Sophomore studying Vocal Music Education and whatever else she can find. She likes opera, dark chocolate, and Mario Kart. Bridget can be reached at HonorsUGFellow@wichita.edu.


  • Honors 101 peer mentoring
  • Liaison to PAL and LLC (Living Learning Community)
  • National Merit recruitment
  • Out-of-State student support
  • Undergraduate research support with Stephanie Rogers
  • Reception and office support

JPEG ImageTracia Banuelos - Honors Undergraduate Fellow
Tracia enjoys studio arts (drawing, painting, etc.), reading, blogging, and running. She can be reached at HonorsUGFellow@wichita.edu.


  • Peer mentoring
  • Developing HNRS 101 workshops
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Honors student orientation planning
  • Reception and office support

Contact Us

Honors College
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Shocker Hall A1180
Box 102
Wichita, KS 67260

Phone: 316-978-3375

Email: honors@wichita.edu