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The Honors Program

Staff Profiles

Benjamin Withers


(859) 257-8450

Ben Withers joined the Art Department in 2004. He studied medieval art under Michael Camille at the University of Chicago, where he developed research interests in early medieval art, with a particular focus on Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. His work on the illustration of biblical texts, the construction and design of illustrated books and, more recently, issues of gender and monastic identity in the early Middle Ages has appeared in several leading scholarly periodicals, including the Art Bulletin, Anglo-Saxon England, and the Old English Newsletter. He has co-edited two volumes of essays, one devoted to the Old English Hexateuch (co-edited with Rebecca Barnhouse, Kalamazoo, 2000) and the other an examination of the attitudes toward gender and the human body in Anglo-Saxon England (Naked Before God, co-edited with Jonathan Wilcox, West Virginia, 2003). He is currently completing a monographic study, The Illustrated Old English Hexateuch, Cotton Ms. Claudius B.iv: The Frontier of Seeing and Reading in Anglo-Saxon England. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ameritech/SBC Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Indiana University President’s Arts and Humanities Initiative, among others.

Meg Marquis

Director of Student Affairs

(859) 257-3619

Meg serves as the advisor for all Honors students, program coordinator (scheduling classes, organizing events, serving as faculty liaison, running student programs, coordinating admissions processes), LLC partner, and Singletary Scholars program coordinator. 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 second-grade daughter, reading voraciously, knitting, cooking, and skating with her roller derby team, the Rollergirls Of Central Kentucky (ROCK).

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Heather Carpenter

Student Affairs Officer


Heather Carpenter serves as an advisor and co-curricular coordinator for the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky. She also teaches in the Women and Gender Studies program 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. 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 in May of 2007. 

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

Brad Hubbard

Student Affairs Officer


Brad serves as an Academic Advisor for the UK Honors program, beginning his work with UK Honors in August of 2012. He recently moved to the Lexington area from Southern California so that he and his wife Victoria can start a family and enjoy the lower cost of living. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of California San Diego in 1998 and has worked as an Academic Advisor for San Diego State University, University of California Irvine and Weber State University in Utah.

As a young adult Brad and his friends were playing with paint ball guns without using safety goggles and he was accidentally shot in his right eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment. Unfortunately his eyesight was rendered monocular and he cannot enjoy all the awesome 3-D movies that are coming out now.

Brad is skilled in karate/self-defense and will soon be training locally in other martial arts disciplines. He is a huge fan of competitive mixed martial arts and watches Ultimate Fighting Championship matches whenever possible.

Brad Hubbard
Sue Scheff

Student Affairs Officer

(859) 257-2614

Sue Scheff joins the Honor’s Program to assist with academic advising, work to identify students for national and international awards, assist with career planning and development, and help to execute service learning opportunities.

Her background in advising and program development spans many years both in California and Kentucky (UK). Her years spent in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering program (1991 - 2005) opened her eyes to the many job opportunities in science and engineering (STEM) fields.  As AMSTEMM's coordinator/advisor (2005 – present) Sue directs her energies to assist Appalachian and minority students as they pursue their STEM major. She  is currently excited about her new role in the Honors Program and is looking forward to meeting  the 1st year class as well as the returning students. Sue also serves as Co-Chair of Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project, a partner with the National Girls Collaborative Project  ( ).

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Chelsea Leigh Brislin

Admissions Counselor

(859) 257-1189

Chelsea Brislin serves as the admissions counselor for the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky. She is responsible for developing recruiting initiatives and public outreach programming.

A Louisville native, Chelsea is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky Honors Program, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, with a minor in French. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree from New York University in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on Appalachian photography.

Outside of her work within the Honors Program, Chelsea enjoys cooking, reading, and running. She is widely known for plastering her phone, office, ipad, and computer with pictures of her four year old adopted dog Ollie, and will frequently try to play matchmaker with dogless friends and humane society dogs.

Chelsea Leigh Brislin
Penny Mazur

Staff Support


Penny is the jack-of-all-trades in the Honors Office. You will see her as you open the main door and you will hear her when you call the office. Her duties include maintaining the HP database, the HP website, and processing applications and prospective student visits. She helps the Honors Program faculty with their book orders, syllabi, and grades. Penny can also be found un-jamming a copier, reattaching a doorknob, or bringing in cookies for the students. She voluteers with FUSION and is a member of the Staff Senate.

Penny started working in the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky at the end of September in 2008. Her past work experiences include everything from sending a US Swimming Team to compete in the Pan American Games through “Checkpoint Charlie” in East Berlin - to testing the software that controlled the Space Station toilet prototype. With her work background, Penny has acquired experience in database management, website design, accounting, and non-profit administration.

In over the past 15 years, Penny has volunteered countless hours to organizations such as the Girl Scouts, the Lexington Ballet, and Project Linus. A mother of three, Penny lives in Lexington with her husband, Paul, four dogs and two cats.