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Honors Program Faculty and Staff

University Honors Program
Kearns Hall 116

Michael Ruse, Assoc Dean/Director, University Honors ProgramMichael Ruse, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors Program; Associate Dean, University College
Kearns Hall 116A

Michael Ruse, an associate professor of philosophy, is director of the Honors Program and associate dean of University College. Ruse received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1984 and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in New York in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He was an assistant professor of philosophy at the American University in Cairo from 1993 to 1998, when he joined the Coastal faculty. He served as chair of the Department of Philosophy from 2008-2011, chair of the Faculty Senate from 2009-2011, and has served on many university-wide committees. He is the author of many publications, including "Technology and the Evolution of the Human: From Bergson to the Philosophy of Technology" and "Henri Bergson's Critique of the Intellect: Prologue to an Organic Epistemology." His areas of expertise include the philosophy of technology and social-political philosophy.


Debra Hamm, Program Assistant, University CollegeDebbie Hamm
Program Assistant
Kearns Hall 116



Agatha O'Brien GayesAgatha O'Brien Gayes
Honors Advisor; Director, Academic Advising, University College
Kearns Hall 215G

In addition to advising students in the Honor Program, Agatha O'Brien-Gayes focuses on first-year student athletes and exploring students. O'Brien holds a Master of Arts in human resources development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She began her career with Coastal as adjunct faculty in the Wall College of Business where she served for 16 years. She transitioned to academic advising and first-year programs in 2006. Students at Coastal Carolina University have honored her with Advisor of the Year 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 and with the Student Athlete Faculty Member of the Year Award 2009-2010. She has published recently on academic advising in The Journal of College Orientation and Transition and at the International Technology, Education and Development Conference on integrating experiential learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Jeremy Killian, Lecturer, Honors Program, University CollegeJeremy Killian
Honors Lecturer
Kearns Hall 114E



Christine Rockey, Lecturer, Honors ProgramChristine Rockey
Honors Lecturer
Kearns Hall 114F

Christine Rockey received her Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University, her Master of Science in wellness from the University of Mississippi, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Since getting her master's degree, she has been teaching at the college level almost exclusively, beginning at the University of Mississippi, then at Missouri Western State College and Texas State at San Marcos, and now at Coastal Carolina as a full-time lecturer. Christine spends a lot of her time volunteering in community fitness; she has conducted after school fitness programs for parents, kids and teachers at local elementary, middle and high schools. She coaches kids' running clubs and has been an integral part of university-wide wellness initiatives. Running is one of her main passions; she has competed in over 65 races, even winning a few of them. She is also the mother to three kids, and spends her free time with them and her husband, Don, baking and decorating cakes.