David Hornyak Director of Advising
As Director of Advising for the Honors College since 1998, David Hornyak oversees the broad range of general advising initiatives for students, as well as the honors housing and community component. Dave’s specific advising portfolio includes serving as primary advisor for students in the Politics & Philosophy major and coordinating the Bachelor of Philosophy degree process. In addition, Dave manages the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research and Teaching Fellowships. Finally, Dave is the point of contact in the UHC for students wishing to enroll in honors courses, but do not meet the 3.25 GPA requirement to enroll automatically.
Prior to coming to the Honors College, Dave was an Academic Advisor in Pitt’s Dietrich School’s Advising Center. Before becoming an advisor, Dave was in the Student Affairs area of Pitt, where he worked in the Office of Residence Life as a Resident Director and Assistant Director for Health & Safety. The latter position involved advising the Resident Student Association, coordinating the Resident Assistant selection process, site supervision of residence hall security desks, and managing the responses to all student conduct violations in the residence halls -- as you can imagine, he has some very interesting stories from his residence life experience.
As an undergraduate student at Pitt, Dave was a Provost’s Scholar, majoring in Biology and Psychology. He was an active participant in the Honors College and its precursor Honors Program, serving as General Editor of the Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review. Dave continued his education at Pitt by completing a master’s degree in School Counseling, with a specialization in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education. His master’s thesis examined the relationship between Resident Assistant temperament as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, job satisfaction, and supervisor rating. Dave received his third degree from Pitt, a doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology, along with a minor in Quantitative Research Methodology. His dissertation was an examination of the effect that the DISCOVER computer program had on college students’ levels of career development within the Cognitive Information Processing career model. By using an “old” computerized career guidance system with a “new” career theory, he learned a great deal about how college students use technology to make career decisions, as well as how they use technology in general.
In addition to his work at Pitt, Dave is an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University, where he teaches Lifestyle and Career Counseling and Research Methods and Program Evaluation to graduate students in the Professional Counseling program.
Dave lives in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his husband Ed, who is the Director of Computing and Information Services for the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and their two dogs (Brooks, a Llewellin Setter, and Maxwell, a Siberian Husky). In his spare time, Dave enjoys working in his yard and going to art galleries, restaurants, breweries, and distilleries.
Being at Pitt for over 30 years has not only given Dave unique insight into how college students have changed over that time, but also how the University of Pittsburgh has evolved into one of the great universities in America, and he’s proud to be part of that legacy.
PhD (Applied Developmental Psychology), University of Pittsburgh
MA (School Counseling), University of Pittsburgh
BS (Biological Sciences and Psychology), University of Pittsburgh