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Honors Tutorial College Staff

The staff at the Honors Tutorial College are a tight-knit group of professionals who strive to provide an enriching and highly individualized learning environment for students. 

Dr. Jeremy Webster

Dean of the Honors Tutorial College

Webster_Jeremy_006Dr. Jeremy Webster began his term as the dean of the Honors Tutorial College in July 2009. Before becoming dean, he was an associate professor in Ohio University's Department of English, where he specialized in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Lesbian and Gay Literature. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in History. Webster subsequently received an M.A. in English from TAMU and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is the author of Performing Libertinism in Charles II’s Court: Politics, Drama, Sexuality (Palgrave 2005) and has published articles on various aspects of gender, politics, and patriarchy in Eighteenth-Century British Literature. He is currently working on a book-length study of how representations of Jewish men were embedded in gender and sexual stereotypes in English literature from John Dryden to William Wordsworth. 


Cary Roberts Frith

Associate Dean

Cary Roberts Frith's affiliation with the Honors Tutorial College spans several decades. She graduated from the HTC Journalism program of study and credits the rigors of her tutorial education with much of her professional success. Before re-entering the academy in 2002 as a Park Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she spent more than a decade in magazine, newsletter, and online publishing. She worked as an editor at CompuServe Magazine and as managing editor and later associate publisher of Resources for Educators, a division of Wolters Kluwer. She joined HTC from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism faculty where she served as a frequent HTC tutor and thesis advisor. She received the HTC Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award twice and a College of Communication Transformative Faculty award. She loves the interdisciplinary nature of HTC and the rich intellectual community it fosters. She lives with her husband, preschooler, three dogs, and three horses on a farm outside of Athens.

Elizabeth Clodfelter

Director, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards 

Formerly Director of U.S. Fulbright Programs & Liaison for International Partnerships, Beth Clodfelter oversees the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. She specializes in awards for international travel, research, and teaching, as well as those focused on science, sustainability, and environmental issues. She is an active member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors. Beth received a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Political Science and a Master’s in Latin America Studies from Indiana University. She has held several other positions at OU before becoming the Director of ONCA. Beth loves to travel, hike, and ride her bike. She is very interested in environmental issues.

Dr. Nicholas Osborne


Nicholas Osborne joined HTC as a faculty member from the History Department in 2015. He specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States history, the history of capitalism, and political economic thought. After majoring in History and Mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University as an undergraduate, Osborne went on to graduate study at Columbia University where he earned his Ph.D. in History. He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled "Little Capitalists," that examines the relationship between cultural values and the development of American financial institutions during the circa 1815-1940 period.

Margie Huber

Administrative Associate

Margie Huber has been with the university since 1992 and joined the  Honors Tutorial College in 2008 as a part-time office assistant.  She enjoys getting to know our students and assisting them in any way she can. She coordinates schedules for the busy staff at 35 Park Place and assists with student, admissions, and alumni relations.

Laura Schaeffer

Fellowship Advisor and Director of Special Programs

Laura Schaeffer became the Director of Special Programs and Fellowship Advisor for Honors Tutorial College in 2013.  In this role, she helps students from across the university apply for nationally competitive awards, including: the Boren, Jack Kent Cooke, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, Gilman Truman, Rhodes, Soros, and those through the German Academic Exchange Service. She also furthers engagement activities for HTC students and alumni  by organizing Common Room presentations, serving on various university committees, and collaborating with partners across the campus.  


Before coming to HTC, she served as the Assistant Director for Global Studies Programs and Director of Outreach in the OU’s Center for International Studies for 8 years where she was responsible for student services to undergraduates and collaborations between international students and the local community.  For 9 years before that, she was the Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction in OU’s Academic Advancement Center, an academic support program that utilizes high performing students to run study sessions for traditionally difficult courses.  She also worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for a local non-profit organization for two years after earning her MA in International Development Studies in 1995.  Her academic foci include:  Geography, Education, and Women and Gender Studies.  She served in Peace Corps, Mali 1992-1994 and earned a BS in Family and Consumer Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1991.

Kathy White

Business Manager and Administrative Coordinator

Kathy is currently the Business Manager of the Honors Tutorial College. She started working at the HTC as an Administrative Assistant in April 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Business Communications from Ohio University in 2008 and is currently working on her Masters of Education in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Appalachia through the Patton College of Education.


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