History Professor Amanda Podany Named Director of Cal Poly Pomona's New

History Professor Amanda Podany Named Director of Cal Poly Pomona's New
Amanda Podany, history professor and director of the University Honors Program.

Cal Poly Pomona?s newly created University Honors Program took another step forward recently when history professor Amanda Podany was selected as the program?s first director.

With its pioneer class of 60 students beginning coursework this spring, the honors program has hopes to create a community of scholars that will seek to attain higher levels of academic achievement while also recognizing their role as leaders in society. It is anticipated an additional 80 new scholars will enter the program in Fall Quarter 2003.

Podany, a faculty member since 1989, earned her doctorate in history at UCLA in 1988. She spent four years (1993-97) as executive director of the California History-Social Science Project, a statewide program designed to improve the teaching of history and social sciences through professional development. She also served four years (1998-2002) as co-director and principal investigator of the university?s ?Reading the Past? professional development program for local grade school teachers.

Podany believes the University Honors Program will help promote Cal Poly Pomona as an exceptional educational opportunity for outstanding high school students.

?Rather than separating itself from the rest of the university, I imagine the honors program will become an integral part of the campus,? says Podany. ?Students can engage in research projects with individual faculty members. Community service will be an important component, as will enrichment activities utilizing cultural opportunities and scientific resources within the greater Los Angeles area.?

Podany?s husband Jerry works at the Getty Museum. They live in Hancock Park with their two children, Emily and Nicholas.