Dr. Trisha Posey, Director
Dr. Posey earned her Ph.D. in American History at the University of Maryland. Before that, she lived in Canterbury, England, where she finished her M.Phil. She received a B.A. in History from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Recently, Dr. Posey was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award and the One of Fourteen "Women to Watch" in 2016 by JBU peers. In 2008 she was awarded Rookie of the Year teaching award. She also was a finalist for the Fulbright Teaching/Research Award (Uganda) in 2013. She received a research fellowship from Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in 2008 and the Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 2005.
A recent research project on a 19th century farm school on Thompson's Island in Boston Harbor, was published in the Massachusetts Historical Review. She is also interested in the history of slavery in the United States as well as the enduring legacy of racism left by slavery. More recently, she has begun researching and writing on Christian higher education in Africa and has led faculty workshops on faith integration at Uganda Christian University. She is passionate about teaching American history, the history of poverty in the United States, American slavery, and African history.
Dr. Jessica Hooten-Wilson, Associate Director
Dr. Wilson currently serves as Associate Director of the Honors Program and Assistant Professor of English. Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. from Pepperdine University, M.E. from University of Dallas and a Ph.D. from Baylor University. In 2014 she won a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at Charles University in Prague. She served as guest speaker at Pepperdine University in 2016. Her books are: Giving the Devil his due: Flannery O'Connor and Dostoevsky (Wipf & Stock 2016), The Search for Influence: Walker Percy and Dostoyevsky (Ohio State UP 2017), and A Guide to Walker Percy's Novels (LSU 2018). She currently serves on the Honors and Gateway committees, along with the Vocational Task Force with Career Development. Dr. Wilson, also serves as Director of the Giving Voice Writers Festival held each fall at JBU which features workshops and public performances by established writers and musicians.
Traci Letellier, Advisor and Co-Curricular Coordinator
Ms. Letellier's roles include academic advising for current and prospective Honors Program students. She also coordinates experiences and events beyond the classroom as Co-Curricular Coordinator. An award-winning poet born in Siloam Springs, her poem, "Outlaw Country", was selected by final judge and Pulitzer-prize winning poet, Claudia Emerson, for the 2014 Guy Owen Award for poetry and published in Southern Poetry Review. Ms. Letellier earned a B.A. in English Literature from John Brown University in 2001 and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas in 2014. She has also studied poetry in Oxford, U.K. and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2015, Letellier was nominated for the Masters Thesis Award at the University of Arkansas and was selected as a finalist for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Letellier possesses five years of experience teaching writing at the college-level. Her community involvement includes serving on the Siloam Springs Friends of the Library Foundation board, volunteering for Main Street Siloam Springs, and serving on The Homegrown Festival committee.
Glenda Manos, Assistant
Mrs. Manos has worked at JBU for over 20 years and works in the Honors Office assisting the honors faculty, staff and students. She makes arrangements for honors travel and events, keeps records, and other office duties. Glenda served as an AWANA commander for twenty years at Siloam Springs Bible Church and lectured at many conferences state-wide. She is passionate about teaching others about Christ and His love for them. Her husband, Larry and she have been married for 44 years and enjoy spending time with their family and friends.