Meet the Honors College Staff 

Dr. MotleyDr. Clay Motley, Dean
Reed Hall, 155
239-590-7490 | 

As Dean of the Honors College, 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. I love spending time with my family and exploring the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. 


Dr. Minh Nguyen

Dr. Minh Nguyen, Assistant Dean
Reed Hall, 153
239-745-4569 | 

Born and raised in Vietnam, I began my teaching career as a part-time lecturer in philosophy in 1993 at Columbia University, where I earned a BA in mathematics, an MA in philosophy, and a PhD in philosophy. Joining the Florida Gulf Coast University faculty from Eastern Kentucky University in 2019, I am currently serving as Assistant Dean of the Honors College, Professor of Philosophy, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. At EKU (2003-2019), I served as Professor of Philosophy, Director of Asian Studies, and Associate Director of the Honors Program. A specialist in the philosophy of mind and theory of knowledge, I also work in aesthetics and creative writing. My publications include New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018). With Yarran Hominh, I have been editing the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies since 2019.


Terumi Rafferty-Osaki

Dr. Terumi Rafferty-Osaki, Office of Competitive Fellowships Director
Reed Hall, 153

Hailing from New Jersey, I received my BA in history and political science from Boston College. I then graduated with my Master of Arts in Holocaust and  Genocide Studies from the Richard Stockton University. Recently, I earned my Ph.D. in History from American University. It was at AU where I fell in love with fellowship advising. I moved to Florida in 2017 where I served as the Assistant Director for External and Competitive Scholarships at Rollins College. Now, I am excited to take on this new role as Director of Competitive Scholarships at FGCU. Aside from my academic pursuits, I am a runner, classically trained singer, board game enthusiast, and globally ranked Pokémon Go trainer. 


Sarah Stauring

Sarah Stauring, Outreach Coordinator 
Reed Hall, 163
239-745-4567 |

A proud Eagle alum, I graduated from FGCU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Engineering. Throughout my time at FGCU, I have been involved in many sustainability initiatives, served as an Honors Mentor, and was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame. As Coordinator of Outreach, I work with the admissions and recruiting process for the Honors College, as well as engagement with the community and Honors alumni. I have academic interests in sustainability, and bioremediation. I currently serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and enjoy cooking, snorkeling, reading, and exploring.  


Jen JordanJen Jordan, Coordinator of Social Media & Events 
Reed Hall, 163
239-745-4429 |

A native from Chicago, most of my career has been centered around social media in sports. Most recently I served as the social media czar for the AHL Affiliate to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Chicago Wolves. Prior, I worked in the corporate world for brands like Wilson Sporting Goods and ALDI. I graduated from Grand Valley State University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations in 2015. I look forward to creating fun and meaningful events, as well as showcasing our incredible students on social media. On a personal note, I enjoy playing and watching sports and I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I like running 5K races and dabble in background acting. I’ve been an extra in productions like: Transformers 4, Rampage, Empire and more.


Janice Nevarez

Janice Nevarez, Administrative Assistant 
Reed Hall, 163
239-745-4267 |

Originally from Maryland, I started my career as an Administrative Assistant working for the Department of Defense and later I worked in the Financial Aid Office at the Community College of Baltimore County. I moved to Florida in 2010 with my family and in 2011 began working at FGCU in the Graduate Studies Office, followed by eight years working in the Office of Adaptive Services as an Administrative Specialist. I am excited to join the Honors College as the Administrative Assistant. In this role, my responsibilities include budget management and providing administrative support. When I’m not working, I enjoy tennis, drawing and painting, yoga, reading, travel, and spending time with family and friends.


Shannon Rozes

Shannon Rozes, Program Assistant 
Reed Hall, 155
239-745-4624 |

Born in a blizzard in Connecticut, my family gradually migrated south providing me the opportunity to experience life in various states on the East Coast. I am currently the Program Assistant in the Honors College providing support for the Honors Embedded Courses, Honors Contracts, as well as assisting with the Honors Theses. I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor's degree in History. In my personal life I enjoy reading, attending Fathom Events, yoga and traveling. 


Ruxy Apostol

Ruxy Apostol, Administrative Specialist 
Reed Hall, 155
239-745-4263 |

My FGCU professional journey began in April 2019 as an Administrative Specialist for the Office of Research & Graduate Studies. I am honored to join the Honors College team this year and to bring a different perspective as a former high school French language & literature teacher. I live in the present moment and I am grateful for all the beautiful things that surround us. My life purpose is to connect people and help them see the brighter side of life. I adore traveling and spending quality time with the people I love. 


Sam TroastSam Troast, Graduate Fellowship Advisor, Office of Competitive Fellowships

As a Fort Myers native, it was nice to return home to FGCU for my graduate studies in Environmental Science. I received a BA in English with a minor in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation from the University of Florida in 2015 and enjoy continuing my studies of invasive herpetofauna at a university so involved with the local SWFL community. In my spare time, I enjoy kayaking, hiking with my dog, and going foraging for edible plants and fungi. I am so excited for this opportunity, and I look forward to helping students further both their academic and professional careers!