Honors Program Faculty and Staff
University Honors Program
Kearns Hall 116
Louis E. Keiner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, University College; Director, University Honors Program
Kearns Hall 116A
Louis E. Keiner is an associate professor of physics and physical oceanography at Coastal Carolina University. He earned his B.A. and M.S. in physics from Wake Forest University, and his Ph.D. in marine science from the University of Delaware, and was a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA before coming to CCU. He has taught courses here at CCU in both introductory and advanced physics and marine science. His research has focused on using satellite sensors to observe and analyze processes in the coastal ocean. He has previously served as director for CCU’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning and as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics.
Program Assistant, University Honors Program
Kearns Hall 116
Agatha O'Brien Gayes
University Honors Program 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. She holds a Master of Arts in human resources development and a Bachelor of Arts 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.
Assistant Professor, University Honors Program
Kearns Hall 114F
Lecturer, University Honors Program
Kearns Hall 114E