Jonathan Kotinek, Assistant Director of Honors & Undergraduate Research, has been elected to a three-year term as a professional member of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the professional association of undergraduate Honors programs and colleges.
Formed in 1966, NCHC provides support for institutions and individuals developing, implementing, and expanding Honors education through curriculum development, program assessment, teaching innovation, national and international study opportunities, internships, service and leadership development, and mentored research. NCHC is a non-profit (501c3) organization, governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, including six student members.
Kotinek began working in the University Honors Program office in 2003 and has been its Assistant Director since 2007. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is completing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. He is co-editor of the recently published NCHC monograph Setting the Table for Diversity and authored a paper in that book entitled “Passing for Black: White Privilege and Black Identity Formation.” Kotinek serves as President of University Advisors and Counselors, as a co-chair for the Diversity Issues Committee of the NCHC; as President of the St. Silouan Orthodox Church parish council, and as advisor to the TAMU Hip-Hop Society. In 2007, he was selected as a Fish Camp namesake, and in 2010 was selected for the President’s Award for Academic Advising.