Honora Howell Chapman, associate professor of classics and humanities,
has been selected as director of the Smittcamp Family Honors College at
California State University, Fresno.
She succeeds Dr. Stephen Rodemeyer, who is retiring after serving as the
honors college’s director for its first 10 years.
Chapman received her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in
Classics from Stanford University. She joined the California State
University, Fresno faculty in 2002 and became the coordinator of
classics. She received a Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty in
Chapman is an acknowledged expert on Josephus, the first-century Jewish
priest and general who moved to Rome after the Jewish War and wrote the
history of his people. She was the co-chair of the Josephus
Seminar/Group of the Society of Biblical Literature from 2000-2008 and
co-author of “Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary,” a
multivolume collection of all of Josephus’ works.
In 2006, she helped to organize the Fresno State College of Arts and
Humanities Honors Program and taught its first cohort.