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Meet the University Honors Program Director and Staff

University Honors Program Director

Dr. Kristine Miller

A Professor of English at USU, Dr. Miller began as Director of the University Honors Program in July 2014. She is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, where she also earned her M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) in English. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British and American literature. She is particularly interested in war and has written a book, British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People’s War (2009), that examines fiction and films about the bombed London home front during World War II. Her recent research concerns post-9/11 literature and culture. She has published articles on the trauma of NYPD cops in Jess Walter’s novel The Zero and RAF fighter pilots in A. L. Kennedy’s novel Day. She has also edited a collection of essays entitled Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11: The Wrong Side of Paradise (2014) and published essays on The 9/11 Report and 9/11 memorials and museums. Recently, her son asked her how a person so happy at home could be so obsessed at work with violence and trauma. She realized that war fascinates her not because of its destructive power but because of the creative potential it reveals in the mind’s response.

This ability to think, create, and innovate—even in the worst of times—defines us as human beings. Dr. Miller hopes that the University Honors Program will guide students in following the wise advice of Horace: "Sapere Aude" or "Dare to Know."

University Honors Program Coordinator

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University Honors Program Advisor

Lisa Hunsaker

Lisa joined the University Honors Program in August 2017. A native of North Ogden, Utah, Lisa is a True Aggie and a proud Utah State University graduate. She majored in Business Information Technology and Education. After spending six years in Kentucky and traveling the east coast at every opportunity, she was excited to return to Utah State in the summer of 2012.

Professionally, Lisa has held various sales and marketing roles and also taught high school and post-secondary business courses. Prior to joining the USU Honors Program, she was an undergraduate advisor in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and also thoroughly enjoyed motivating and inspiring local students as part of Cache County School District's SEM (gifted and talented) program. 

When she is not cheering on the Aggie athletic teams or cruising the valley in her gecko-green Jeep, Lisa loves paddle-boarding at Bear Lake and is a frequent visitor of the Disney parks. Lisa is also active in her community, where she has served as an advisor for the Providence City Youth Council and as a chairperson for the local youth football league. 

Chelsey Gensel

Staff Assistant

Chelsey Gensel

Chelsey is a Logan native and lifelong Aggie who has lived in rural Pennsylvania, New York City, and out of a backpack in 24 different countries. During her travel adventures, she volunteered teaching English in Poland and Hungary and worked in a hostel in Kosovo. Prior to that, she attended USU, graduating in Liberal Arts with a minor in journalism. She is now studying Psychology as she contemplates graduate school. Chelsey enjoys spending time with her partner and two family dogs, Henley and Melman. Other favorite pastimes include listening to live music, watching netflix documentaries, and reading the latest John Green book.


Honors Peer Advisor

Jessica Christensen

Jessica is a senior in the department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences, majoring in Animal and Dairy Science and minoring in Asian Studies. Shortly after graduating from Logan High School, Jessica served an LDS mission to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Spending time in the rural rice paddies rekindled her love for agriculture and rural lifestyles. She is currently conducting undergraduate research and writing her honors capstone project on dairy automatic milking systems.

She will graduate with honors from USU in Fall 2018, and after graduation, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. at USU in ruminant nutrition. When she’s not doing schoolwork or research, she enjoys reading a good book, going on adventures with her family, riding horses, and playing with her dog, Tiberius. 

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Mailing Address: 0400 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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