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The Lewis Honors College

Staff Profiles

Dr. Phil Harling

Interim Dean, Honors Program & Executive Director and John R. Gaines Chair in the Humanities


Phil Harling is Interim Dean of the Lewis Honors College, John R. Gaines Professor of the Humanities, and Director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities. Phil has been a UK faculty member for almost a quarter of a century. He grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and received his B.A. from Grinnell College in 1986 and his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 1993. A specialist in the history of modern Britain and the British Empire, he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has authored two books and numerous articles. He is the recipient of several teaching awards at UK, notably the Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching, as well as research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. A Distinguished Service Professor at UK, for several years Phil served as Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and was Interim Dean of the College for the 2008-9 academic year.

Phil Harling
Meg Marquis

Director of Student Affairs

(859) 257-3619

Meg oversees the Honors advising team, is the primary administrator for curricular issues, and manages the program’s assessment plan. She also teaches UK 101 and serves on a wide variety of university committees.

Meg is an UK Honors Program alumnus, having graduated with a BA in English and minors in Business and Classics in 2001 and an MA in English in 2003. Her areas of scholarly interest include 19th and 20th century American literature, gender studies, and corporeality and body studies. She worked previously as the UK English staff advisor and has taught extensively at UK and Transylvania University.

Outside of her many responsibilities in the Honors Program, Meg spends time with her fifth-grade daughter, reading voraciously, knitting, cooking, and skating in her eighth season with her roller derby team, the Rollergirls Of Central Kentucky (ROCK).

Hannah LeGris

Admissions & Singletary Scholars Coordinator


Hannah recruits prospective Honors students, advises and coordinates programming for Singletary Scholars, oversees the Honors Program Ambassadors Team, and manages the communication for Honors. 

Hannah has a BA in English from the College of Wooster (focus: creative writing, book arts, and literary theory) and a MA in English from The University of Kentucky (focus: migration, masculinity, Junot Diaz). She has a background in teaching creative writing, most recently with the Young Women Writers Project at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and in conjunction with the SwallowTale Project, a creative writing program for incarcerated women.

 Before beginning with Honors, Hannah was a recruiter for Undergraduate Admissions at UK, taught WRD 110 & 111, tutored student athletes with CATS, and worked at the Writing Center. During graduate school, she worked in Creative Development and marketing for Kentucky for Kentucky, a merchandise startup in Lexington focused on celebrating the people, places, and things of the Commonwealth. Hannah also worked at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning for three years between her undergraduate and graduate-level studies, running a wide variety of youth and family programs with the AmeriCorps VISTA program.  

Outside of work, she is an avid reader, writer, and bicycle-rider with an interest in meeting new people and community volunteerism, specifically in the arts and education.   

Heather Carpenter

Student Affairs Officer


Heather Carpenter serves as an advisor and organizes the co-curricular programing for the Honors Residential College at the University of Kentucky. The Honors Residential College (formerly the Living Learning Program or LLP) is a residential experience that allows students who are members of UK’s Honors Program to participate in their collaborative learning in a supportive and close-knit environment. Students who participate in the Honors RC receive targeted programming intended to enhance the scholarly experience. Through increased interaction with faculty inside and outside of the classroom, students are immersed into a stimulating intellectual and social environment that promotes and supports student success.

In addition to her work with Honors, Heather is also completing her Ph.D. in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky while teaching in that field at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to coming to UK, she was the Communications and Development coordinator for KECSAC (the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children), a grant-program at Eastern Kentucky University that serves at-risk youth. Before KECSAC, she taught English and Composition at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for two years.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Anthropology from Centre College, a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.Div degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Outside of her responsibilities with the Honors Program, Heather enjoys traveling, reading, writing, gardening, pretending she takes yoga seriously, wasting time on Facebook, and saving the world.

Brad Hubbard

Student Affairs Officer


Brad is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program and has 15 years of experience in Student Services. Prior to beginning work in Honors at UK in fall 2012 he worked for San Diego State University, University of California Irvine, and other institutions as well.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of California San Diego in 1998, and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 2002.  He is currently completing a PhD degree in Higher Education Studies at UK with research interests in student services, retention, and student success.

Brad and his wife Victoria moved to Lexington in 2012 with their Labrador named Max.  Now that they have settled in for a few years they have another Labrador named Snookie, and have a 2 year old son Alex, and another little one expected in summer 2016.

Shaun Ketterman

Student Affairs Officer & Lewis Scholars Coordinator

(859) 257-2614

Shaun is an academic advisor for the UK Honors Program and has worked in academic advising since 2007. He also coordinates the Lewis Scholars Program, frequently teaches UK 101 and has served on several UK committees.

Shaun earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Graphic Design in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Student Affairs in 2005, both from Western Kentucky University. During his college years, Shaun was a leader in WKU’s Campus Activities Board.  

Before beginning with Honors, Shaun began working at UK in 2007 and spent over eight years as an academic advisor in UK’s College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to that, he worked at Austin Peay State University, beginning in 2005, as assistant director for campus activities.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and their pet dog, cats and rats. He loves to play ultimate Frisbee and disc golf, watch movies, see live music and play and run tabletop roleplaying games. His favorite things to read include fantasy literature, classic literature, history and social science. He also has a very large collection of relatively obscure music.        

Lauren James

Staff Support Associate

Lauren James serves as the staff support associate for the Honors Program.  She is responsible for maintaining the database that tracks students from Honors enrollment to graduation and beyond, and is working on increasing contact with Honors Program alumni.  She also works with Honors finances and budgetary administration.
Originally from Indiana, Lauren has a B.A. in English (2011) and a Master's in Library Science (2013) from Indiana University, which she hopes no one will hold against her during basketball season.  She has worked in banking and health care as well as higher education.
Outside of her work in Honors, Lauren enjoys walking, reading, writing short stories, and making lists and plans to organize things.  She is always looking for more bookshelves (and more space).