Arnold succeeds Alan Fox, professor of philosophy, who served as director since September, 2008.
“We are very enthusiastic and pleased that Michael has accepted the position of faculty director of the Honors Program. We are very confident that he will do an outstanding job and will continue to build on the strong foundations of the Honors Program as we continue to develop academic initiatives that are intellectually stimulating, that actively engage students in experiential learning experiences, and that contribute to the students' excellent educational formation at the University of Delaware,” said Deputy Provost Havidán Rodríguez. “Michael is very enthusiastic about the Honors Program and his leadership role in working with faculty, students, and administrators in this process.”
Rodríguez recognized Fox for his work as director of the program, saying, “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Alan Fox for his leadership and contributions as the former director of the Honors Program.”
Margaret Andersen, acting associate provost for academic affairs, said Arnold will bring strong experience in working with undergraduates as well as a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse groups and diverse ideas.
"He is well-suited to maintain the existing strengths of the Honors Program and also to bring new ideas for its future," Andersen said.
Andersen, too, thanked Fox “for his leadership of the Honors Program and his strong commitment to excellence in the education of all of our students.”
“I am excited about undertaking what is, to me, an ideal position. The Honors Program is well established, has a great reputation, and also presents many new opportunities to advance the mission of the University and key objectives of the Path to ProminenceTM,” Arnold said. “I look forward to working with deans, department chairs, and the faculty to develop innovative programs that will capitalize on these opportunities and attract the very top students to the University of Delaware.”
As well, Arnold said he plans to “collaborate with other offices on campus, including the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Institute for Global Studies, and the Office of Student Life, to ensure that honors students continue to be actively engaged in the wealth of opportunities that UD offers, both inside and outside the classroom.”
Arnold, who joined the UD faculty in 1992, received a bachelor's degree in economics from the College of William and Mary, a master's in economics from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in economics from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Teaching interests include microeconomic theory, economics of the Internet, the economics of information and game theory, and his recent research explores the impact of the Internet on market competition and equilibrium pricing.
He is a member of the American Economic Association and referee for a number of journals on economics.
About the Honors Program
The University of Delaware Honors Program offers a four-year program open to students in all majors and provides enhanced educational opportunities for exceptional students who seek more rigorous coursework. Integral to the University's Path to Prominence, the Honors Program recruits and develops highly talented undergraduates and its faculty and staff mentor students to pursue double majors, participate in undergraduate research opportunities, earn honors degrees and compete for prestigious scholarships, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Truman.