Faculty and Staff

Tamara Valentine, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Valentine

Tamara Valentine is the Director of the Honors Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to coming to the West, Valentine directed the Honors Program and taught linguistics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign studying the relationship between language and gender in South Asia. A sociolinguist, Valentine has published articles and presented papers on topics related to English as an International Language, South Asian languages and linguistics, discourse analysis, language and gender, and cross-cultural communication. Her book Language and Prejudice (Longman, 2004) is a collection of works addressing issues related to the power of language. She has been awarded a number of grants to conduct fieldwork in India, has held a series of lectureships in Lithuania, and has traveled through South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe.

If you have any questions about the Honors Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, contact her at tvalenti@unr.edu

Erin Edgington, Ph.D., Assistant Director

Erin Edgington, Ph.D.

Erin Edgington is the Assistant Director of the Honors Program. She graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Program at the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor's degree in French language and literature and sociology in 2008. Since then, she has taught French at Indiana University, where she also earned master's and doctoral degrees in French literature, Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, and the University of Michigan. A specialist of nineteenth-century French literature and art, she is the author of Fashioned Texts and Painted Books: Nineteenth-Century French Fan Poetry (NCSRLL, 2017) as well as articles on the works of Stéphane Mallarmé, Théophile Gautier, Octave Uzanne, and language pedagogy. She is currently pursuing a second master's degree in educational leadership in the College of Education. Delighted to be back in her native Nevada and at her alma mater, she looks forward to helping the next generation of Honors students make the most of their university experience.

Contact her by email at eedgington@unr.edu.

Kety Luna, Academic Advisor

Kety Luna

Kety graduated from Smith Valley High School where she proudly represented her school for four years on the varsity track and field team. She attended Truckee Meadows Community college where she earned her Associates degree. In 2011 she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and presented a research project entitled Exploration of the Experiences of Latino/a Students as they Transfer from a Community College to a University at the McNair Research Symposium in Berkeley, California. She received her bachelors in Secondary Education and her Master's degree in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Administration Emphasis from the University of Nevada, Reno. Kety enjoys running and hiking.

Kety can be contacted at kluna@unr.edu.

Shay Daylami, Administrative Assistant

Shay Daylami

Shay is a graduate of the UNR Honors Program. She hails from Northern Nevada. She majored in English with a linguistics emphasis and minored in mathematics and U.S. history. Her Honors thesis is on the "Effect of Geminate/Singleton Status and Word Frequency on the Bilabial Nasal /m/ in English." She had the privilege of presenting a portion of her research at the 2016 Western Regional Honors Conference as well as the 2016 Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium. As a student she served as an Honors Ambassador and was active in several clubs on campus, including the Outdoor Adventures Club, of which she was a founding member. Her hobbies include writing, bicycling, and playing the guitar.
You can contact Shay at ldaylami@unr.edu.