Honors Program Faculty Advisory Committee (HPFAC)

Diane Brewer

Dr. Diane Brewer, BA, PhD


Theatre History and Criticism / Professor

Room 109A, Hyde Hall

Dr. Diane Brewer, professor of theatre, teaches three Honors courses for theatre majors – Survey and Analysis of Dramatic Literature and Theatre History I and II. In describing the classes, she explains, In Survey and Analysis, we look at plays that fall within the Aristotelian tradition and those that intentionally deviate from those conventions.| As we do so, we engage in intensive discussions and writing assignments that help students learn to identify and understand their personal reactions to plays. In both semesters of Theatre History, we throw ourselves into the gap between past and present, holding ourselves to rigorous standards of research, writing, and critical thinking."

"I want my students to feel challenged and inspired to continue exploring the connection between their own values and the theatre they create," Dr. Brewer notes. "I enjoy teaching UE Honors students because they keep me on my toes. They often ask questions I've never considered and come up with solutions I've never imagined. In that way, they reaffirm why I teach – to keep learning."

Dr. Brewer holds a BA in drama from Tufts University and a PhD in theatre from UCLA. Her areas of expertise include theatre history and dramatic criticism, and she also dramaturgs and directs productions for the UE theatre department. Her articles have been published in The Dramaturgy Protocol, The Dramaturgy Sourcebook (vol. 4), Theatre Topics, PAJ: Performing Arts Journal, and HowlRound at the Center for Theater Commons. She has received such honors as the Dean's Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Evansville and a Certificate of Merit for Dramaturgy from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Daniel Byrne

Dr. Daniel Byrne



Room 344, Olmsted Hall

Dr. Daniel Byrne received his Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Notre Dame and his Doctorate from Georgetown University. His dissertation and subsequent research focused on the United States foreign policy surrounding the Algerian War of Independence and the decolonization of French Africa. Before joining the faculty at the University of Evansville in 2005, he taught at Georgetown, the United States Naval Academy, Francis Marion University, the University of Notre Dame, and Bradley University. Since arriving at the University of Evansville, Dr. Byrne has taught courses on the history of United States foreign policy, the American Civil War and Reconstruction, America between the Wars, Cold War America, the Decolonization of Africa, the rise of Modern China and Japan, and first year seminars on American Social Welfare policy.
Jerrilee LaMar

Dr. Jerrilee LaMar

Associate Professor and Nancy McFadin Mueller Chair in Nursing

Room 204, Graves Hall
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Jerrilee is associate professor and Nancy McFadin Mueller Endowed Chair in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing. In addition to her duties as Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing, she serves as an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor.
Julie Merkle

Dr. Julie Merkle


Assistant Professor/Biology

Room 219, Koch Center for Engineering and Science

Developmental Biology, Genetics, Stem Cell Biology, Reproductive Biology
Yolanda Obaze

Dr. Yolanda Obaze

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Director of the Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Guthrie May Endowed Chair in Business

Room 121, Schroeder School of Business Building

Yolanda Obaze, Ph.D., is the Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Evansville (UE), Indiana. Dr. Obaze obtained her two M.B.A. (Strategic Management and Marketing), and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Texas, Denton Texas.| Dr. Obaze also serves as the director of the Center of Supply Chain Management. Dr. Obaze teaches the core and elective Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) courses, oversees the operations of the Center, supervises the development and implementation of the LSCM program, and ensures the efficient running of the Center through cross-industry collaborations. Dr. Obaze played a major role in the launching and development of the LSCM program. Dr. Obaze currently serves as the academic advisor for the LSCM student club, Association of Supply Chain Management student chapter, Business Professional of America student chapter, and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at UE. Dr. Obaze received the 2018 Dean Service Award. Dr. Obaze also serves on the board of the Evansville Association of the Blind and the Potter’s Wheel Ministries.

Dr. Obaze is passionate about her research in the Humanitarian Logistics field. Her doctoral research centered on the community-based context of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She continues her research by helping much of the community-based companies in the Evansville area. Dr. Obaze’ s research interests include social supply chain relationships, business logistics and service operations, complex systems, and humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. She has published in Transportation Journal, Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management Journal, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, and presented at the Conexus Indiana Industry Member Event, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), Production and Operations Management (POMS), South West Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI), Decision Institute conferences (DSI), and Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators (ACME). Dr. Obaze received the 2019 Dean Research award in 2019, 2020 Global Scholar award, and the 2019 Annual Decision Sciences Institute Best Theoretical Paper Award for her work on Social Supply Chain Management.
Sara Petrosillo

Dr. Sara Petrosillo


Assistant Professor/English

Room 326, Olmsted Hall

Sara Petrosillo received her BA in English and Italian Literature from Colby College, and her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarship focuses on medieval literature and feminism and she has published articles on medieval poetry and drama in the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory, Medieval Feminist Forum, and in a 2018 essay collection, Animal Languages in the Middle Ages: Representations of Interspecies Communication (Palgrave-Macmillan). Her book about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and Control in Medieval Literary Culture, will be released in 2023. She teaches first year seminars, the first half of the British literature survey, world classics, renaissance and 17th century writers, the Romantics, and medieval literature. She also chairs and teaches the introductory class to the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program. She received UE’s Exemplary Teacher Award in 2021.

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