As the director of the Honors College, Tiffany Sippial is responsible for the vision, mission, and overall success of the program. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American History with distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2007 and joined the Auburn University history faculty that same year. Sippial has completed prestigious fellowships with the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Leadership Development Program, the HERS Leadership Institute, and was the university’s Presidential Administrative Fellow in 2017. She has secured a number of prestigious research grants and awards, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Grant, a CCWH Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Award, and an American Historical Association Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere. A strong advocate for student international experiences, Sippial leads the Honors College study and travel courses to Cuba. She also published an award-winning book on Cuba in 2013 with the University of North Carolina Press, and is currently completing her second book with that press. Sippial will also serve as president of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association in 2018-2019.