Dr. Scott Boltwood, Interim Honors Program Director
sboltwoo@ehc.edu - 276.944.6783
Stuart Professor of English, Honors Steering Committee, Honors Transitions Seminar, Fulbright Fellows Advisor

Scott Boltwood, Stuart Professor of English

Over my twenty years at Emory & Henry, I've helped dozens of students with research projects centered on the British Isles or finding the most suitable study abroad program in Ireland, Scotland, or England. I've taught at the Queen's University of Belfast (2008) and the University of Ulster, Coleraine (2003-04)--both in Northern Ireland. I was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom in 2011-12, and my first two books were with Cambridge (2007) then Oxford University Presses (2009). I was named the Carnegie Foundation's Professor of the Year for Virginia in 2013.

Dr. Adam Wells, Assistant Professor of Religion
awells@ehc.edu - 276.944.6150
Honors Foundations I Seminar

Adam Wells, Assistant Professor of Religion

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of Foundations I at Emory & Henry College. I received my Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Virginia (2012), my M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Yale Divinity School (2007), and my B.A. in Philosophy (with honors) from Wake Forest University (2001). My main scholarly interests are the theological and philosophical traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. My work focuses on phenomenological approaches to Abrahamic scriptures.

Dr. Mark Finney, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications
mfinney@ehc.edu - 276.944.6889
Honors Steering Committee, Honors Transitions Seminar 

Mark Finney, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications

My research strives to combine the insights and methodologies of conflict theory and mass communication theories into a broad approach for understanding international conflict and the relationship between conflict and media. My teaching is interdisciplinary and focuses on news writing, media theory, conflict analysis, and media literacy. I employ an interactive and inclusive approach to the classroom, which emphasizes active learning and student engagement.

Dr. Melissa Taverner, Associate Professor of Biology
mtaverner@ehc.edu - 276.944.6775 

Melissa Taverner, Associate Professor of Biology

I graduated from Randolph–Macon College in 1984 with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and English. After earning my Master of Science degree from the University of Reading in 1985, I was employed as laboratory/research manager in the Cancer Center of the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center for three years before entering the doctoral program in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia from which I graduated in 1992. My dissertation examined numerous factors that affect the population dynamics of a phytophagous pest of deciduous trees and its endemic viral pathogen, the nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV). I currently serve as chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and have been a faculty member in the Biology Department at Emory & Henry College since 1994.

Dr. Kelly Bremner, Assistant Professor of Theatre
kbremner@ehc.edu - 276.944.6901
Honors Steering Committee

Kelly Bremner

I have a PhD from the University Wisconsin-Madison in Theatre, but I am most interested in interdisciplinary arts and the wayin which the arts interact and act upon the world around us.    I teach courses in Script Analysis, Theatre History, Applied Theatre, Devised Theatre, Directing and Civic Engagement through performance in addition to Directing regularly for the mainstage.  I have received numerous grants to create new innovative musical performances and my work has been seen professionally in both the Midwest and the Northeast. I am a member of our Women and Gender Studies Faculty, and I direct the college’s freshman seminar program.  My teaching has been recognized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in the Outstanding Faculty Awards, and by the YWCA Tribute to Woman Awards for excellence in Education.


Dr. Joseph H. Lane, Honors Program founder

I started my academic career in a small liberal arts honors program, and it changed my life. That undergraduate experience has shaped the books I read, the questions that I ask, and my commitment to teaching others. I have taught political science, political philosophy, law, and general studies courses at Emory & Henry since 2000, and before arriving here, I taught at Harvard, Hampden-Sydney (my alma mater), and Bowdoin College. Along the way, I have taught traveling courses in New York City, Paris, Brussels, Frieburg (Germany), and Greece, and I have served as an advisor on over forty honors theses and projects. My research and teaching interests are focused on classical political thought and literature, the writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau, American political thought, and political environmentalism, but I am willing to teach almost any course that involves good books. In addition, I love riding my bikes, hiking, and traveling, but most of all, I love my girls – Grace (9), Miriah (7), and Julie (age withheld). 

Dr. Lane will begin his new position as Provost of Bethany College in Bethany, WV in the summer of 2017.

The banner photograph and photograph of Dr. Lane are provided by Jessica Myer, Class of 2018.