We've assembled a faculty of dedicated, award-winning professors for the Rouse Scholars Program. Here's just a sampling of the teaching excellence you can expect . . .

Margaret Armitage, N.C.C.

M.S., St. Bonaventure University

Margaret Armitage is Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development. In addition to her teaching and counseling expertise, she has over twenty years experience in leadership and communications training in business and government. She works closely with the Scholars preparing them to transfer and developing leadership skills. Guiding them from the theoretical aspects of leadership to the practical through experiential exercises, the HCC professor focuses on communication skills, team building, conflict resolution, and negotiating skills. Professor Armitage also teaches the Psychology Honors Class in which she emphasizes critical thinking skills.



Jerrold Casway

M.A. Temple University

Ph.D. University of Maryland

When National Public Radio wanted an expert on baseball in the 19th century, it turned to Dr. Jerrold Casway. But that's only one of his specialties. Dr. Casway, professor of history, has written numerous articles on Irish history and is the author of an award- winning book. Dr. Casway's list of teaching honors includes the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year award in 1990 and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's Award- Winning Community College Instructor in 1989. He is chairperson of HCC's Social Science Division and director of the Rouse Scholars Program.

Barbara Cooper

M.A. University of Maryland

Barbara Graham Cooper is a writing expert. She has coordinated HCC's Freshman Composition and Writing Intensive Programs, given presentations on teaching writing at professional conferences, and has worked as a technical writer and editor. A professor of English, she teaches composition, technical writing, and American literature.

In her English 102 honors class, Rouse Scholars have the opportunity to develop critical consciousness as both readers and writers as they examine a specific and challenging moment in American history when we struggled to define what America means. Through original texts students hear the voices of the participants in those struggles and gain a sense of the variety of perspectives and arguments about the issues at hand. Students see how the texts work and they are themselves empowered as writers. Through a research project of their own design, students are invited to explore issues in greater depth, to follow them to different times and places, to find them in their own regions or their own families. In this serious, contextualized way, students learn how to use writing to think, to discover, to make ideas visible, and to persuade others.



Mark Grimes

M.A., West Virginia University

An Assistant Professor of English and Literature, Mark Grimes combines his love of English and history in his Honors Composition class. Rouse Scholars have studied the immigrant experience of the late 19th century. In his class they will enhance their research and writing skills by creating and producing a documentary film on immigration. The students will set up their own production company, scout suitable film locations, and take research trips to area museums. They will also write research papers on immigration. As a result, Professor Grimes believes his students will experience the many dimensions of research and writing.

Tara Hart

M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland

Tara Hart, an avid tourist, loves how literature gives her and her students opportunities to travel through time and space to other worlds and new experiences. An Assistant Professor of English and the Literature Coordinator of the English division, she teaches composition, literature, and theatre. She is also a regular visitor to cyberspace with an online introductory literature course. An expert in American literature, Dr. Hart has published an award-winning doctoral dissertation and an essay in a university press collection. She regularly writes and presents papers at conferences around the country. In her World Literature class, students will explore the psychological, historical, and philosophical terrain of a wide variety of cultures from the ancient to the avant-garde. They will read, write, and speak their way towards understanding who we are, what we want, and how stories, language and landscape shape our sense of ourselves and our place in the world.

Helen Buss Mitchell

M.M.S. Loyola College

Ph.D. University of Maryland

While some philosophy instructors might require research papers, Helen Mitchell also asks her Introduction to Philosophy students to write "reflective" papers that emphasize each student's own analysis. Dr. Mitchell is associate professor of philosophy. She is the author of an introductory textbook that not only emphasizes traditional philosophies but also examines non-Western philosophies and women philosophers. A strong believer in lifelong learning, she has spoken widely on that subject and on women's issues.



Lisa Wilde



More information on Dr. Wilde will be forthcoming.