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Klyve named interim director of the William O. Douglas Honors College

Math professor Dominic Klyve has been named interim director of Central Washington University’s William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC). CWU Provost Marilyn Levine recently appointed the former director, Anne Cubilié, to the position of associate provost.

“This is an exciting time for the DHC,” said Klyve. “Enrollment in the Honors College has increased 90 percent during last six years. The number of students completing capstone projects has more than doubled, and the DHC has begun expanding programs for students.”

The DHC offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, and has recently established its four pillars of coordinated intellectual engagement—Critical Thinking, Undergraduate Research, Community-Based Research, and Leadership—which guide course selection and student capstone projects.

As the DHC’s associate director since 2014, Klyve promotes a broad and interdisciplinary research program and is deeply committed to undergraduate research. He has supervised more than 40 research students, and has published seven peer-reviewed publications with undergraduate students, and he holds several national leadership roles in the field.

During his time at Central, he has published research in journals in the fields of mathematics, gastroenterology, philosophy, linguistics, pedagogy, Shakespeare studies, and the history of biology. He looks forward to working with students to expand the diversity of their research experiences and their engagement with the broader scholarly community. 

For the past three years, he has served as a councilor to the national Council on Undergraduate Research, and this year was elected chair of their Mathematics and Computer Science Division. He is the founding chair of the Special Interest Group on Undergraduate Research of the Mathematics Association of America, and he regularly travels around the country speaking to groups of students at the middle school, high school, and college levels.

The Douglas Honors College
Named for the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, the DHC has been in existence for more than 35 years. It’s designed to challenge students to reach their potential as writers, readers, speakers, and critical thinkers through interdisciplinary courses in the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences taught by professors from throughout the university.

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