About the Honors College
Our dual mission provides an innovatively delivered curriculum for high achieving
advances the intellectual growth and recognition of the university. Our program challenges a
diverse community of students to individualize their academic experiences, while serving as an
institutional champion for undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies and creative
Goals for Student Learning
Honors graduates will:
- Identify resources and evaluate evidence used to support arguments or critiques in multiple academic disciplines.
- Analyze the commonalities and discords of the different disciplinary perspectives.
- Design independent inquiry projects that require critical and creative thinking.
- Demonstrate effective research or performance skills in their academic discipline.
- Connect their academic experience with local and global community experiences.
- Experience interactive, innovative, and engaging instructional methods.
Meet Our Staff
Columbus State University
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645
Dr. Cindy Ticknor, Dean
Dr. Cindy Ticknor began serving as the Director in the Fall of 2009, and currently serves as the Dean of the Honors College. She is also a Professor of Mathematics Education in the department of Mathematics and Philosophy and has been a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education. Since arriving at CSU in 2003, she has received over $2.5 million in grants to support STEM initiatives and has served as the Associate Dean of the College of Science. She holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Columbus State University, and Auburn University.
Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz, Associate Dean
Dr. Susan Hatch Tomkiewicz is the Professor of Oboe at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University since 2009. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated summa cum laude, the University of New Mexico and the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Tomkiewicz is an active proponent of new music, and she has commissioned and premiered many new solo electronic and chamber works for oboe and English horn by such composers as Brooke Joyce, Bruce Pennycook, Jeremy Baguyos, Matt McCabe, John Lato, and Nancy Galbraith. Dr. Tomkiewicz began her appointment with Honors in Fall 2012 as the Director of the RiverPark Campus and was appointed Associate Dean in 2019.
Ryan J. Lynch, DPhil(Oxon), Honors Faculty Fellow in Residence
Dr. Ryan Lynch served as the inaugural Honors Faculty Fellow from 2018-2020 before becoming the Faculty Fellow in Residence, teaching honors courses including Understanding Non-Western Cultures, Historical Problem Solving, and a course on the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. He is an Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History and Geography, and is a specialist on Islamic and Middle Eastern history. He completed his graduate degrees at the University of Oxford and the University of St Andrews.
Dr. Lynch arrived to CSU in Fall 2016, having previously taught for the University
of Oxford, Stetson University, and Middlebury College's Centre for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies. He is always delighted to meet with students to discuss their career goals,
how to make the most of their time at CSU, and to provide guidance on applications
to graduate or professional schools.
Ms. Jasmine Reid, Advisor
Ms. Jasmine Reid has worked within higher education since 2015 and has been with Columbus State since 2009. During her time at Columbus State, she has gained experience in Financial Aid and New Student Orientation and University Advancement. She graduated from Columbus State with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 2015 and completed the Master of Education Leadership degree in the Higher Education Track at Columbus State University in 2017.
Mrs. Kristi Rehrauer, Administrative Coordinator
Mrs. Kristi Rehrauer has worked in higher education since 2006 and has been with the Columbus State Honors College since 2019. Kristi joins us from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Kristi has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She brings multiple years of higher education experience to the Honors College at Columbus State University.
Erica Schneider, Honors College Graduate Assistant
Erica Schneider is currently a second-year master’s student pursuing an oboe performance degree at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Erica holds a double bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Florida Atlantic University. Her primary teachers include Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz, Dr. Erin Gittelsohn, Sarah Bates-Kennard, and Dane Philipsen. Erica has worked in several different departments of higher education since 2018. She looks forward to working with the CSU Honors College!