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The Honors Living-Learning Community is centrally located in Palmetto Hall in South Village. The Honors LLC provides an on-campus housing environment conducive to supporting the Honors Program’s mission to provide exception student scholars unique opportunities to maximize their university experience. The Honors LLC offers academic courses right in South Village as well as programs/activities that contribute to the students’ intellectual and social engagement.

The Honors Community in North Lake Village is aimed for our upper-class students in the University Honors Program to share their passion for learning. The Honors Community provides a living environment that allows students to interact, grow, and develop together. This Community is available to Honors students in their second year at FGCU.

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Meet the  Faculty

Clay Motley 

Dr. Clay Motley - As Honors Program Director, it is a joy to work with students, faculty, and staff to help students make the most of their FGCU experience and achieve their long-term goals.  I am originally from Richmond, KY with degrees in English from the University of South Carolina (Ph.D.), Eastern Kentucky University (MA), and the University of Kentucky (BA).  My primary area of research is the culture of the American South, particularly its music, literature, and religion.  I am currently writing a book on the music history of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and I serve on the board of directors for the new Clarksdale Museum of Music and Culture.  I love spending time with my family and exploring the natural beauty of Southwest Florida.  

 Melodie Eichbauer

Melodie Eichbauer is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Assistant Director of the Honors Program, and an Honors Fellow. Dr. Eichbauer also won the 2013-2014 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She received a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University; she received her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. with a research focus in legal and ecclesiastical history. Since law does not happen in a vacuum but in dialogue with a broad spectrum of other developments, legal texts offers an opportunity to explore how the work of ecclesiastical and secular jurists alluded to and reflected issues relevant to the time, such as property distribution, marriage customs, definitions of crimes and punishments, and concepts of justice and righteousness. Even before her appointment as Interim Assistant Director, she was very involved in the Honors Program. She has taught a number of courses, such as Heresy, Witchcraft, and Inquisition; Global History and Human Culture; The Crusades: Interdisciplinary Approaches; Women in the Middle Ages. She has also played on the faculty BroomBall team, and has served as judge for the annual student Chili Cook-Off and Bake-Off. Like Dr. Foote, Dr. Eichbauer is committed to supporting Honors students in their quest for personal and academic excellence, and is equally delighted to have the opportunity to introduce incoming students to the Pillars of Honors as part of the Honors LLC!

 Catherine Gorman

Catherine Gorman has been involved in the Honors Program for over 6 years.  As a student, Catherine graduated from Honors with a B.A. in English, minors in Elementary Education and Business Management.  Catherine also earned her M.A. in English from Florida Gulf Coast University and continues to work at FGCU as a Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies.  In her role, she oversees multiple, diverse mentoring programs on our campus, including the Honors Mentor Program, which she founded.  Catherine also founded the Eagle Ambassador Program at Florida Gulf Coast University, allowing high-achieving FGCU students to represent the university at various events and functions.  In addition, she co-founded and organizes the annual FGCU St. Baldrick’s Day, a campus-wide event that has raised over $35,000 for childhood cancer research.  As an instructor, Catherine has taught Honors Composition, Lessons in Leadership, and Happiness and Literature.  Her research interests include Victorian Gothic Literature.