Honors Program Faculty

Michael Joy, Ph.D.  Michael Joy, Ph.D.                                                                               


Educational Background

M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.A., Carleton College

A dedicated College Quiz Bowl coach, Dr. Joy enjoys working with students from the Honors Program.  During the winter 2019 semester, he taught HON 201, Origins of Western Values - Medieval to Modern.




Nelly G. Kupper, Ph.D.Nell_Kupper


Educational Background

B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville 


Dr. Nelly G. Kupper, Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies, has been involved in NMU's Honors Program since 2004.  She frequently teaches HON 111, Modern Art - European Sources, and recently taught HON 301, World Cultures: A Humanities Perspective - Russia, during the 2019 winter semester. Dr. Kupper has served on the Honors Program's Board. Dr. Kupper's biography



Russell Prather, Ph.D.Russ_Prather

Educational Background

B.A., University of British Columbia
M.A., University of Washington
M.F.A., University of Washington
Ph.D, University of Washington

Dr. Prather taught HON 111, Fine Art: Modern Sources, in the fall 2018 semester. Dr. Prather has taught in the Honors Program for a number of years, and has served on the Honors Program Board.   Dr. Prather's biography