Honors Program Faculty Advisory Committee (HPFAC)

Diane Brewer, Theatre History and Criticism / Professor

Dr. Diane Brewer, BA, PhD

Theatre History and Criticism / Professor

Hyde Hall, Room 109A

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, Professor/History

Dr. Daniel Byrne


Olmsted Hall, Room 344

Dr. Byrne joined the Department in 2005 and has been an extremely active member of the faculty ever since. He studies the history of US foreign policy in all periods but is especially interested in U.S. relations with the Arab world, particularly Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s. His PhD is from Georgetown University, where he worked under some of the most eminent scholars in the area of American foreign policy, and his BA is from Notre Dame.
Jerrilee LaMar, Associate Professor and Nancy McFadin Mueller Chair in Nursing

Dr. Jerrilee LaMar

Associate Professor and Nancy McFadin Mueller Chair in Nursing

Graves Hall, Room 208
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Jerrilee is associate professor and Chair in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing and currently teaches the junior level nursing research course and junior level clinical courses. She also teaches a general education health and wellness course each semester and serves as an American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support Instructor.
Julie Merkle, Assistant Professor/Biology

Dr. Julie Merkle

Assistant Professor/Biology

Koch Center for Engineering and Science, Room 219

Yolanda Obaze, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Dr. Yolanda Obaze

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Schroeder School of Business Building, Room 118

Sara Petrosillo, Assistant Professor/English

Dr. Sara Petrosillo

Assistant Professor/English

Olmsted Hall, Room 326

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, and most recently in a 2018 essay collection, Animal Languages in the Middle Ages: Representations of Interspecies Communication (Palgrave-Macmillan). She is currently working on a book about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices, Predatory Poetics: Form, Feminism, and Falconry in Medieval Literary Culture. She teaches the first half of the British literature survey, first year seminars, and early English literature.

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