Honors Program Faculty
David Cason, Ph.D. Assistant Professor teaches Honors Courses in the Honors Program and Secondary Social Studies Methods in the College of Education and Human Development. He has extensive experience both at the Secondary and University level. He has published research in how teachers impact the political beliefs of students. He has worked to encourage local history and preservation by serving as President of the Board of Directors for Franklin Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historical Site in Georgia. He has taught courses on Civil Rights and American Military History. He is currently completing a biography of musician Graham Jackson, who was considered the favorite musician of President Roosevelt.
Merie Kirby, M.F.A. teaches Humanities-based courses in the Honors Program. She is the author of The Thumbelina Poems (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and The Dog Runs On: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2014). In 2013 and 2016 she received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Her work, both poetry and creative nonfiction, has been published in several journals, print and online. She also writes texts for composers, including the libretto for composer Christopher Gable’s operasThe Ascension of Radegunde and The Ladysmith Story, and for composer James Callahan’s opera Sanctuary. Prof. Kirby received her B.A. in literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She has also been a technical writer, freelance editor, marketing communications manager, and writing coach.