Scott DeGregorio named Honors Program director

6/19/2017

Associate Professor Scott DeGregorio has been named director of UM-Dearborn’s Honors Program. He has taught courses within the program since 2012.

Scott DeGregorio

Years ago, Associate Professor Scott DeGregorio was asked to teach an undergraduate course on Western epic poetry.

Class materials spanned more than 2,000 years—from Homer’s Iliad to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. But that didn’t intimate the class. Instead the small class of 12 embraced the challenge, had lively discussions and reflected on the works.

That was DeGregorio’s first Honors Program teaching experience.

Today, DeGregorio leads the program.

“I noticed the deep curiosity the students had in the subject matter. And working with them in a small environment made it like a mini seminar—like the kind you’d do in graduate school,” said DeGregorio, who teaches campus-wide programs. “When Sid Bolkosky (the late professor who founded UM-Dearborn’s Honors Program in the 1980s) asked me to teach the course, I didn’t know what my level of involvement would continue to be. Then I saw what am amazing program it was and I’ve been involved since.”

DeGregorio was named Honors Program director on May 1, taking over for Gerry Moran.

Moran said DeGregorio was an ideal choice.

“Professor DeGregorio has taught Honors courses with great success. He brings a strong commitment to maintaining the high academic quality of the program and to promoting the academic success of its students,” Moran said.

In addition to the Honors courses, DeGregorio has led more than 20 different courses on ancient and medieval literature, history and religion on campus, and has taught graduate courses at UM-Ann Arbor.

“I think the program here is exceptional and I feel privileged to now lead it,” he said. “The small class sizes, close interaction with professors and students choosing to actively participate in these challenging courses make for a very rich experience for everyone. I believe in the program’s formula and am deeply committed to it.”

As director, DeGregorio looks forward to yet another challenging, but fun, academic adventure. He’ll continue the Honors Program legacy Bolkosky created and Moran reinforced by seeking new faculty interest and strengthening the curriculum.

“This fall we will admit our largest honors cohort ever,” he said. “It is an honor to serve as the director of this growing program, and I look forward to the opportunities that come with the role.”