Innovation through Integration in Honors Education


Brock Tessman

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UM’s Davidson Honors College claims many strengths: freshmen with exceptionally high test scores and GPAs, major scholarship winners, enviable placement rates, courses taught by outstanding faculty, and unique extra-curricular opportunities. In 2016, the DHC unveiled a new mission, “innovation through integration,” focused on Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring; Career Development; and DHC QUEST, integrated with a strategy focusing on inclusivity rather than exclusivity.

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Brock Tessman joined UM as dean of the Davidson Honors College 3 years ago, following 9 years at the University of Georgia. He chairs UM’s Strategic Planning, the Undergraduate Research Committee, and serves on the UM Forward125 Management Team. Recognized for innovative and effective teaching, he has also led several study-abroad experiences. His political science research focuses on inter-national security and conflict. Dr. Tessman graduated with honors from Brown University, then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Colorado.