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Discipline-Specific Honors Programs
Enhancing Academic Excellence

Honors Liaisons

The DSHP Honors Liaisons help motivate undergraduate students to pursue academic study that challenges their interests and abilities. They also assist honor students with improving leadership skills, utilizing Web 2.0 technologies, and acquiring research skills needed to be successful in graduate school or a professional career. 

Honors Liaison Members

Additional contact information is located on the Contact Us webpage.

Mrs. Josephine Stanley-Brown
School of Business
jsbrown@nsu.edu

Mrs. Stanley-Brown is an instructor and honors liaison for the School of Business at Norfolk State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in General Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Norfolk State University, a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems and Marketing from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mrs. Stanley-Brown has conducted research and published articles in the areas of management information systems and consumer marketing.

Dr. Darlene Gould Colson
College of Liberal Arts
dgcolson@nsu.edu

Dr. Colson serves as the honors liaison for the College of Liberal Arts. She is responsible for three programs: History, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Psychology. Dr. Colson has been on the faculty at Norfolk State University since 1980 where she currently teaches Basic Principles of Psychology, Psychological Statistics and Experimental Psychology. Dr. Colson received her undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her doctorate in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Karen Y. Holmes
Department of Psychology
kyholmes@nsu.edu

Dr. Karen Y. Holmes serves as the Discipline Specific Honors Program Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium Liaison. Dr. Holmes is on the faculty of the Department of Psychology and began service to Norfolk State University in 2006 where she teaches courses in Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Racism, Research Methods, Experimental Psychology and Statistics. Dr. Holmes received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hampton University and her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Social Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Colita Fairfax
School of Social Work
cnfairfax@nsu.edu

Dr. Fairfax is an associate professor and honors liaison for The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work. Dr. Fairfax earned the Doctor of Philosophy in African American Studies and the Master of Arts in African American Studies from Temple University. She earned the Master of Social Work from Rutgers University and the Bachelor of Social Work from Howard University. In 2005, Dr. Fairfax developed the HIV/AIDS in the Black Community course, a university-wide elective. In 2008, she began using the Blackboard instructional program for her courses and has become a Learning Resource Network (LERN) Certified Online Instructor (COI). Her research contributions include African American culture, policy and African personhood, family and marriage systems, community development, and HIV/AIDS.