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Honors College Director Interviews

May 3, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- Rick Hardy, political science professor and interim director of the Centennial Honors College; Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, anthropology professor; and Bill Knox, English professor, will interview next week for the position of director of the Western Illinois University Centennial Honors College. The candidates' full itineraries and vitas will be available at

An open meeting will be held for each candidate. Hardy's open session will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the University Union Sandburg Lounge; McIlvaine-Newsad's open session will be held from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the Union Capitol Rooms; and Knox's open session will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the Union Capitol Rooms. University administrators, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Hardy has served as the interim director of the Honors College since 2011. Previously, he served as the chair of the WIU political science department from 2006-2010. He is currently a professor in the department. Prior to joining Western's faculty, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri, where he also served as assistant director of the Honors College.

Hardy received his doctorate from the University of Iowa; his master's degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; and his bachelor's degree from WIU.

McIlvaine-Newsad has been a member of the sociology and anthropology department faculty since 2000, and a member of the women's studies department and environmental studies minor faculty since 2000. She also served as a faculty associate for multiculturalism in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR) at WIU from 2005-2008. Prior to joining the WIU sociology and anthropology department, she was an instructor at the University of Florida.

McIlvaine-Newsad received her doctorate from the University of Florida; her master's degree from Ohio University; and her bachelor's degree from Denison University.

Knox joined the Centennial Honors College in 2006 as the director, serving in that position until 2011. He has been a member of the English and journalism faculty since Fall 2011. Before coming to Western, Knox was an English faculty member, charter director of the Honors Program and director of freshmen English at Northern Michigan University.

Knox earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his master's and bachelor's degrees from Illinois State University.

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