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Meet our Staff

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Kimberly Engber, Ph.D.
Dorothy & Bill Cohen Honors College Dean
Associate Professor, English

Dr. Engber serves as dean of the Cohen Honors College. She is responsible for college strategic planning and development, academic affairs, budget management, and alumni and external relations. In consultation with the University Honors College Council and faculty fellows, she oversees Honors teaching, curriculum development, and academic program evaluation. She works with the assistant directors on recruitment and retention strategies and Honors Baccalaureate advising and development as well as increasing campus-wide applications to the undergraduate research grants program and competitive national scholarships and fellowships.

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  • Strategic Planning
  • Academic Affairs and Curriculum
  • Budget Management
  • Alumni Relations
  • College Councils
  • Cohen Enhancement Scholarships
  • Honors Baccalaureate advising
  • National Scholarships and Fellowships mentorship
  • Course Scheduling

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Assistant Director, Scholarships and Outreach

Trish manages incoming student scholarships and scholar programs, coordinates the Honors Living Learning community, and manages recruitment and outreach. She serves as the first point of contact for Honors admissions, housing and scholarship questions and works with the student director of recruitment to increase Honors enrollment and impact across campus.


  • Scholarships for Incoming Students
  • Koch Scholars
  • Living Learning Community
  • Recruitment
  • Honors Ambassadors
  • National Student Exchange

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Assistant Director and Academic Advising                                                            

Jessica manages Honors advising and serves Honors students through advising appointments and walk in hours.  She facilitates Honors applied learning, coordinates the campus-wide undergraduate research grants program, and works with faculty and the dean to increase applications to competitive national scholarship and fellowships. Jessica earned her AA in General Studies and BA in Social Work from Wichita State and her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. She is currently pursuing graduate work in Higher Education Leadership.


  • Honors advising
  • Course selection
  • Degree planning
  • Honors graduation audit
  • Honors internship
  • Undergraduate research grants

Madelyne Toney
Assistant to the Dean

Madelyne provides direct support to the Dean as well as general administrative support to Honors faculty and staff. She ensures a smooth and professional operation of the College office during day-to-day supervision of student workers. She coordinates and oversees events on and off campus, implements and revises office procedures as needed.


  • Dean’s Appointments
  • Academic Affairs and Faculty
  • Honors Application (technical)
  • Alumni Relations
  • Office Management

Nathan Aung
Administrative Assistant


  • Day-to-day office maintenance
  • Support for Assistant to the Dean and staff
  • Admissions process
  • Weekly Update
  • Blackboard updates
  • College meetings and special committee support
  • Scheduling student appointments when office assistants are not available
  • Copying, printing
  • Front desk reception when needed

Darien Pete (Pete)
Office Assistants


  • Front desk reception
  • Scheduling student appointments
  • Copying, printing, office maintenance
  • Invoice tracking, foundation requisitions
  • Recruitment and scholarship events support
  • SOAAPPT data entry

Contact Us

Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Shocker Hall A1180
Box 102
Wichita, KS 67260

Phone: 316-978-3375

Email: honors@wichita.edu