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Meet the Honors College Staff 

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

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


Dr. Minh Nguyen

Dr. Minh Nguyen, Associate Director
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 bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in philosophy, and a doctoral degree in philosophy. I joined the FGCU faculty in July 2019 as Associate Director of the Honors College and Professor of Philosophy. A specialist in the philosophy of mind and theory of knowledge, I also work in the areas of Chinese thought and Japanese aesthetics while maintaining an abiding interest in ethics, political philosophy, and creative writing. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching and playing tennis and soccer, and visiting the beach.


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.  


Janice Nevarez

Janice Nevarez, Administrative Assistant 
Reed Hall, 155
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.


Eric ElgEric Elg, Graduate Assistant, Office of Competitive Fellowships

Originally from West Monroe, Louisiana, my family moved to Stuart, FL on the east coast before I first came to FGCU as an undergrad in 2017. Since then, I graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice and Forensic Studies. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Teacher Credential Certificate Programs with the College of Education and am slated to finish that program in May 2021. Otherwise, I am a huge Star Wars fan, proud dog owner, and looking forward to working with students as they seek to further their academic journey through fellowship opportunities!