Meet the Honors College Staff
Dr. Minh Nguyen, Interim Dean
Reed Hall, 155A
239-745-4569 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in Vietnam, I began my teaching career as a part-time lecturer in philosophy in 1993 at Columbia University, where, as a first-generation college student, I earned a BA in mathematics, an MA in philosophy, and a PhD in philosophy. Joining the Florida Gulf Coast University faculty in 2019, I am currently serving as Interim Dean of the Honors College, Professor of Philosophy, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture. In 2021, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council, an association of undergraduate honors programs, colleges, directors, deans, faculty, staff, and students. A specialist in the philosophy of mind and theory of knowledge, I also work in aesthetics while maintaining an abiding interest in ethics, political philosophy, and creative writing. My work has appeared in a number of philosophical, literary, and interdisciplinary journals, including Comparative Philosophy, The Journal of Philosophical Research, The Journal of Value Inquiry, The Kenyon Review, Evolution and Cognition, Dialogue, and Think, as well as newspapers in the Gannett | USA TODAY Network. I am the editor of New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Lexington Books, 2017) and, with Yarran Hominh, an editor of Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives on Japanese Aesthetics (Lexington Books, forthcoming). With Hominh, I have been editing APA Studies on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies, a journal published by the American Philosophical Association, since 2019. In 2002, I received a Rockefeller Essay Prize from the APA for my journal article “Davidson on First-Person Authority.” Two decades later, the APA awarded me a 2022 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Prize for my opinion piece “When Your Daughter Is Told ‘Your Face Is Not American.’” In 2023, the APA Board of Officers selected me as one of the first two recipients of the Chair’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of my “outstanding service to our profession and the APA,” especially my “leadership on behalf of diversity in philosophy.” I was twice selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: one on self-knowledge in Eastern and Western philosophies in 2018 and the other on the Vietnam War and its legacy in 2023. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching and playing tennis and soccer, and visiting the beach.
Dr. Senthil B. Girimurugan, Interim Associate Dean
Reed Hall, 153A
239-745-4322 | email@example.com
Dr. Girimurugan (affectionately known to many as BeeJay) focuses on teaching that prepares a student for their future, not just a semester and toward a grade. He has been affiliated with the Honors College for nearly eight years as of 2024. He has been an Honors Faculty Fellow teaching Honors Standalone Courses. He has engaged students in Honors Embedded Courses in interesting projects and closely worked with students who have Honors Contracts. He is the current President of the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also a founding charter member of the chapter. In teaching, he encourages students to learn statistics and mathematics by relating them to our everyday experiences going beyond the formulas, notations, and proofs. He has mentored over fifteen undergraduate and graduate students in projects from a wide variety of fields such a genomics, image processing, machine learning, and time series analysis. His research includes applying wavelet transforms in the analysis of high-dimensional data such as functional data, images, and volumes. In particular from the Human Connectome Project (HCP). He is an avid programmer mostly in Python/R, php, and MySQL. When it comes to operating systems, his motto is “Fedora Forever.”
Dr. Hilal Peker, Director of the Office of Competitive Fellowships
Reed Hall, 153B
239-745-4570 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Hilal Peker (Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2016) is a Fulbright alumna (2011-2013), and also an alumna of Erasmus (2009 & 2010) and Comenius (2008-2009) Fellowships. She completed her M.A. degree in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Education as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin after obtaining her B.A. degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) field from Middle East Technical University (METU) Turkiye. She worked as a Federal Projects Coordinator and as an Educational Policy Consultant at Florida Department of Education (2021-2023), and as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University (2016-2018) and Bilkent University (Turkiye) (2018-2021). Her research interests include inclusive dual-language immersion programs, reconceptualized L2 motivational self-system (R-L2MSS; Peker, 2016), bullying-victimization of L2 learners, L2 identity, simulation technology, and pre-service teacher training. She has taught in ESOL and EFL contexts, conducted workshops and research, given keynote speeches in Europe, Colombia, Ecuador, and the U.S., and published extensively on topics related to ESOL/EFL teacher education and DEIA issues regarding Pre-K students. Her work has appeared in Wiley and in prestigious academic journals such as Foreign Language Annals, TESOL Journal, TESL-EJ, Topics in Language Disorders, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, and Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research. She has recently has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for her dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia. She has multiple awards in TESOL field such as 2019 & 2021 TESOL International Association Professional Development Scholarship Award, 2019 ACTFL Early Career Award by the Teaching and Learning of Culture & Research SIG, 2015 The National Network for Early Language Learning Santillana Scholar Award, 2015 Sunshine State TESOL Dissertation Award, and 2015 UCF College of Education and Human Performance Graduate Teaching Assistantship Excellence Award.
Ms. Courtney Satkoski, Coordinate of the Honors Mentor Program
Reed Hall, 0207A
239-590-1466 | email@example.com
Courtney Dwyer Satkoski is two-term Honors College Faculty Fellow and has taught at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2007. Courtney’s courses center on community engagement, humanities and social issues, and servant leadership. Courtney’s vision as an educator is simple: for students to graduate not as seekers of degrees, but instead, conscious, productive, and civically engaged citizens who use their education and talent to positively impact the world around them. Courtney has taught more than a dozen different courses at FGCU for the Honors College and College of Arts and Sciences and served as the Interim Program Coordinator for the Honors College and Director of the Leadership Through Service LLC . Courtney founded the FGCU Malaria Project in 2009 in partnership with the Jimmy Carter Center, is the founder and CEO of Hunting for A Cure, a non-profit organization striving to fund a 2.5 million dollar clinical trial they believe will lead to the cure of Hunter Syndrome, and co-founder of Unlocked Memories, a not-profit organization striving to provide the dementia and Alzheimer's community with service, advocacy, and fundraising opportunities. Courtney’s passion for hosting large-scale blood and bone marrow drives has led to numerous state records, hundreds of first time and returning donors, and thousands of saved lives. Courtney co-leads the Honors College Immokalee Immersion weekend and serves as the Registered Student Organization Faculty Advisor for four of the largest Greek and student organizations on campus, including Global Medical Brigades. Courtney has traveled with students on international medical brigades to Panama, Honduras, and Guatemala and enjoys guiding students through the challenging and deeply rewarding work done in under-resourced communities. Courtney was appointed the Honors College Mentor Program Coordinator in 2024, a role that allows her to work directly with Honors College students chosen to mentor first-time-in-college students through a competitive application process centered on leadership and mentoring best practices. Courtney has been awarded over 60 awards at the state and national level for community engagement, leadership, and teaching excellence, including eBella Magazine Person of the Year, Faculty Mentor of the Year, Presidents Award of Merit for Outstanding Person of the Year, FGCU Faculty Service Excellence of the Year, FGCU Instructor Teaching Excellence of the Year, WINK TV’s Person of the Year, as well as is a two-time recipient of the Dr. Helen Mamarchev Distinguished Advisor of the Year award. Courtney enjoys photography, spending time with her friends, family, and two labs, and believes the purpose of teaching is simple: to inspire and impact. (& to wake up and do it all again the next day)
Ms. Patty Krupp, Business Operations Specialist
Reed Hall, 163A
239-745-4267 | firstname.lastname@example.org
I grew up amidst the orange groves and many lakes of central Florida. As an adult I moved to south Florida where I met and married my husband of 35 years and raised our two children. It’s been a pleasure to be employed at FGCU since 2014. For the past ten years I worked in the University Colloquium Office as the Administrative Assistant. I am excited for my new position in the Honors College as the Business Operations Specialist and working with the dynamic honors team. I also facilitate several service-learning opportunities for our FGCU students; Mats for the Homeless, Period Poverty, and Ethnic Hair Care. When I’m not at FGCU, I operate a non-profit, The Halo Project of Southwest Florida Inc., that teaches life-skills and brings a sense of normalcy to youth living in group home foster care in Lee and Collier counties.
Ms. Gail Mishler Murray, Outreach Coordinator
Reed Hall, 163C
239-745-4567 | email@example.com
Gail Murray joins Honors College as the Outreach Coordinator, bringing over six years of experience as an academic success coach and tutoring services coordinator at FGCU and a demonstrated ability to guide students toward achieving their academic goals. Gail's approach centers on developing essential college success skills, offering individualized coaching that includes metacognitive, executive functioning, self-regulation, and study skills. Equipped with a 6th year Master's in Instructional Technology & Digital Media Literacy from the University of New Haven, CT, a Master's degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor's in Business & Economics from Albertus Magnus College, CT, Gail brings diverse skill base to Honors College. She holds certifications in Appreciative Advising, NCLCA - LCLC Level 1, and FGCU Diversity & Inclusion, and has received training in Safe Zone and Safe Talk. Gail has served as an adjunct instructor at FGCU, Albertus Magnus College, and Goodwin College, sharing her expertise with students. Beyond her professional pursuits, Gail's passion for the arts has been a constant in her life, stemming from her years as a professional singer, choir director, and Radio Broadcaster. She has also performed in musical theater productions throughout high school, college, and a community dinner theater. Gail takes immense pride in her three grown children, who share her love for music and the arts. Her daughters work in higher education at Harvard University and Curry College in Massachusetts, while her son is a professional singer, songwriter, and producer. Recently blessed with her first grandchild, Gail cherishes the joys of both her professional and personal accomplishments.
Ms. Ruxy Apostol, Administrative Assistant
Reed Hall, 155
239-745-4263 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Ms. Lela Boswell, Program Assistant
Reed Hall, 155
239-745-4624 | email@example.com
Originally from the Midwest, I had the privilege of living all over the United States before making my way to beautiful Southwest Florida around 10 years ago. I am endlessly thankful to live in paradise every day! I have been working in a wide variety of Administrative Support positions over the past 20 years, covering the fields of Higher Education, Real Estate, Law, and Human Resources. I am thrilled to be working back in an academic setting with the Honors College! I am passionate about helping others and encouraging them to reach their goals. When not working, I enjoy reading, board games, listening to music, an occasional karaoke outing, and spending time at home with my husband and cat.