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2022-2024 Honors EXCEL Program Affiliates

The Honors College is excited to introduce five Honors Experiential and Community Engaged Learning (EXCEL) Program Affiliates for the 2022-2024 academic years. Program affiliates guide Honors EXCEL students through the development and implementation of their long-term experiential learning projects. By teaching the required Project Development and Summative Experience courses for the program, affiliates support and encourage students throughout the entire Honors EXCEL experience. 

Annie Cui, Virginia Desouky, David Hoinski, Ashton Marra, Lucy Mauro

The 2022-2024 Program Affiliates are:

Dr. Annie Cui

Kmart Chair and Associate Professor of Marketing,  John Chambers College of Business and Economics

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Dr. Annie Cui's research focuses on firms’ branding, pricing and international marketing strategies. She views her role as a marketing researcher to act as a bridge connecting academic findings with business practices. Therefore, she strives to work on leading-edge research that directly addresses and solves business problems. 

Dr. Cui truly enjoys teaching undergraduate students, helping them realize their full potential and reach their career goals. She believes that the Honors EXCEL program is a well-designed program that offers students great opportunities to challenge themselves and combine their passions with their academic program of study. Dr. Cui is happy to provide guidance and assist students on this fascinating learning journey. 

In her free time, she also loves to travel and has been to over 30 countries.

Virginia Desouky

Associate University Librarian / Scholarly Engagement Librarian,  Health Sciences Library at WVU Libraries

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As part of the Health Sciences Library team at West Virginia University, Virginia Desouky serves as a team leader for librarians, faculty, staff and students by providing research support, teaching information literacy, and planning and implementing library initiatives. Her primary focus in her position is instruction on library resources for students, staff and faculty. She also provides specialized research services, including research consultations, systematic review consultations and course-specific library instruction. Her position as a Health Sciences Scholarly Engagement Librarian allows her to actively engage with students, staff, residents and faculty to build strong collaborative working relationships in assigned disciplines. She works closely with the School of Public Health as well as the departments of Surgery, Cardiology and Geriatrics from the School of Medicine. 

She is excited to have the opportunity to serve as an Honors EXCEL program affiliate by helping students build their research skills and creativity. She was attracted to the program due to its emphasis on giving dedicated students a chance to grow through learning as they develop skills that will serve them well in their professional lives. She is looking forward to the challenge of working with students outside of the Health Sciences disciplines, guiding and supporting them throughout their projects’ development while they work to contribute to society via community-oriented outcomes. She enjoys spending her free time exploring West Virginia’s state parks with her dogs and playing viola in several area amateur orchestras.

Dr. David Hoinski

Teaching Assistant Professor,

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

David Hoinski standing next to a reproduction of a dinosaur outside near grass and trees.

David Hoinski teaches Western philosophy, especially ancient Greek and modern German philosophy. He also teaches the popular WVU intro course Current Moral Problems that concerns issues such as climate change, animal rights, misogyny, racism, agriculture and the contemporary refugee crisis. During the spring 2022 semester he co-taught a course entitled “Post-Truth and Democracy” with his WVU Philosophy colleague Dr. Geoff Georgi. He has also taught numerous WVU Honors College courses over the years.

Dr. Hoinski earned his MPhil from the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven and his PhD from the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University. His dissertation concerns philosophers’ use of autobiography as a means of doing and communicating philosophy. He has published articles on Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Albert Camus amongst others. He is also a regular book reviewer for the academic journal Ancient Philosophy and reviews books for the Cleveland Review of Books as well.

Dr. Hoinski is one of the founding members of the Consortium for Classical and Contemporary Philosophy (CCCP), which promotes the careful reading of great philosophical texts. With the Lithuanian philosopher Viktoras Bachmetjevas Dr. Hoinski is furthermore the principal organizer of the Summer Conference in Continental Ethics (SCCE) that meets alternately in Morgantown and Kaunas, Lithuania.

Dr. Hoinski is a student of languages, especially ancient Greek, German, and French. He is currently writing an article on guilt and forgiveness in Camus’ novel The Fall and a book on Nietzsche, the “death of god,” and capitalism.

Ashton Marra

Teaching Assistant Professor, Reed College of Media

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Ashton Marra is a teaching assistant professor in the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, where she teaches television, writing and social media courses. She is the co-founder of Reporting on Addiction, a collaborative project of 100 Days in Appalachia, where she is the executive editor, and the Opioid Policy Institute, working to train professional and student journalists in solutions-focused storytelling and reporting methods that help break cycles of stigma often perpetuated through media coverage. She has spent more than a decade working as a professional journalist for both public media and commercial news outlets, with stories featured on NPR, PBS, Good Morning America and other national news outlets.

Dr. Lucy Mauro

Associate Professor, School of Music, College of Creative Arts

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Dr.  Lucy Mauro is an associate professor in the School of Music. Her publications include several editions of piano ensemble repertoire for Alfred Publishing; two books for Oxford University Press; several CDs for Delos including Mademoiselle:  Première Audience - Unknown Music of Nadia Boulanger, which earned her a 2017 GRAMMY nomination. Her latest project is the documentary Munz: A Pianist’s Story, a fascinating look at one of the great pianists and teachers of the 20th century. Dr. Mauro is looking forward to helping the students in the Honors EXCEL program and sharing her experience in research with them!

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