Dr. Amy Fuqua, associate professor in humanities, has been named interim director of the Honors Program at Black Hills State University.

Fuqua has served on the Honors Advisory Council since 2005 and has taught Honors courses in composition and literature. She replaces Dr. Roger Ochse, who retired last semester.

“I am pleased to serve as interim director because I think the Honors Program is one of the university's most valuable programs,” Fuqua says. “Honors students at BHSU have the opportunity to tailor their educational programs to fit their own needs. They work individually with faculty members whose research interests match their own. These students have the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic community of scholars who work hard, serve their community, and make the most out of their college years. I really can't think of a job that would be more fun or more rewarding than to work with these young people.”

Fuqua is co-director of the Stewart Bellman Awards for Undergraduate Writing and also is faculty advisor for the English Club. She teaches survey and seminar courses in American literature and courses in composition as well as a Women in literature course.

The Honors Program was established at BHSU in 2003.  Four students have completed their senior theses. The program currently has approximately 90 students enrolled.

Honors students take general education courses designed specifically for the Honors Program. They also complete Honors colloquia, topical courses designed by teams of professors in various disciplines for their capstone experience. Each student completes an Honors Thesis under the guidance of a professor in the student's own area of academic interest. The program has a director and an Honors Advisory Council made up of faculty members and two student representatives. There is also a very active student organization led by BHSU students Amanda Scott and Kelly Kirk.

Fuqua has a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (1996), an M.A. from James Madison University (1991) and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University (1989).