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Roberts Selected to Lead Duquesne University Honors College

Dr. Kathleen Glenister Roberts has been selected as director of the Duquesne University Honors College, effective Jan. 1.

An associate professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Roberts, has been recognized for her outstanding teaching and scholarship.

“I believe that her leadership, respectful collaboration with colleagues, commitment to student learning and dedication to our Catholic, Spiritan mission will enable her to serve effectively in this position,” said Provost Ralph L. Pearson.

Through the spring term, Roberts will continue to serve as director of the core curriculum in addition to her new position.

“I’m really excited to build a community of learning ad scholars with the Honors College students,” Roberts said. “I look forward to doing what I can to support their work and lead the Honors College into greater academic and service-learning opportunities.”

Roberts brings a combination of scholarship and teaching excellence to her new position. In 2008, Roberts’ book, Alterity and Narrative: Stories and the Negotiation of Western Identities, was chosen as the National Communication Association Book of the Year for the International and Intercultural Communication Division.

Recipient of the Pennsylvania Communication Association Harvey Kelly Award for Excellence in Teaching, she is a former Presidential Scholarship Award winner and was recognized with an Order of Omega Teaching Excellence Award.

One of four Paluse Award winners at DU this year, Roberts presented her paper, Cosmopolitan Alternatives in Catholic Social Thought, at the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought’s second annual Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Catholic Social Thought in September.

With a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Roberts led four Duquesne students on a research and service trip to Montana and Wyoming in 2005. Their work resulted in a new perspective on research and service-learning through their article, Service, Ethnography, and the Leap of Faith: a Spiritan Catholic Perspective on Service-Learning.

Active in regional and state professional organizations, Roberts served as president of the Pennsylvania Communication Association in 2006-2007.

She co-edited the book Communication Ethics: Between Cosmopolitanism and Provinciality with Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, chair of the communication and rhetorical studies department.

Roberts, who has worked at Duquesne since 2001, received her bachelor’s degree in English and American studies from the University of Richmond, her master’s in English and history from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate in folkloristics from Indiana University-Bloomington.

She lives with her husband, Cannon, and children Cooper and Kieran in Shaler Township.

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