Heather C. Galloway, PhD
Student Development Specialist I
Michael Burns, PhD
Student coordinators are the sprockets that keep the Honors machine running, and you caffeinated throughout the day.
Major: Electrical Engineering
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College?: My favorite thing about the Honors College has to be the atmosphere and expectation of excellence, as well as the encouragement and the resources offered to facilitate reaching that expectation.
Major: Criminal Justice
What is your favorite honors course & why? My favorite honors course was Free Speech, Free Press, and the Supreme Court of the United States with Dr. Gilbert Martinez because it was very challenging and closely resembled a graduate law course, which I plan to be in after I receive my undergraduate degree. Because of this it was very helpful in encouraging me to work hard and set goals.
Major: Wildlife Biology
Who is your favorite honors professor and why? My favorite honors professor is Dr. Jon Lasser because he is easy to engage in a conversation and he is very open when it comes to hearing other people's opinions.
Major: Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management
What is your favorite honors course & why? I’m currently taking astronomy (2303B) and this will be the first of many honors courses! I am really looking forward to that class!
Major: General Studies
Major: Communication Studies
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College? My favorite thing about the Honors College is the high concentration of unimaginably incredible professors. SUCH GOOD DISCUSSIONS.
Major: Philosophy (Pre-Med)
What is your favorite honors course?: Exorcism and demonology has been my favorite honors class thus far because of all the interesting and unique topics we covered throughout the course. As daunting as the title may sound it exceeded all expectations and even gave way to my honors thesis topic.
Major: Music Education
Why did you apply to the Honors College? I applied to the Honors college because I wanted to push myself. I've always taken advanced classes throughout my years in school and I didn't want college to be any different. I wanted to make sure I made the most out of my time in college.
Honors Staff Profiles
Dr. Heather Galloway is a professor of Physics and teaches a wide range of classes including: University Seminar, Freshman Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and Building a Greener Future: One Home at a Time. Her research and professional activities now focus on science education and her favorite part about being the Honors Dean is reading all the honors theses.
Peter Tschirhart received his Ph.D. in the Critical & Comparative Studies of Music from the University of Virginia and his B.M. from Rice University. His research, which lies at the intersection of music and architecture, explores the emergence of the sound map: graphical schemes and musical notation that make affordances for the spatial—not just sonic—aspects of musical composition and performance. Outside of work, Dr. Tschirhart is a recreational runner and biker who may often be seen puttering around campus on his beloved Brompton. He is also an avid travel and coffee geek who is deeply (some might say suspiciously) dedicated to the mission and aesthetics of “third-wave” coffees.
Student Development Specialist I
Michelle was born in Mexico City and raised with one older sister in Houston, TX. She graduated from Texas State University, Magna Cum Laude, in 2007 with a BFA in Studio Art-Metals/Jewelry, and Fashion Merchandising minor. Additionally, she completed an undergraduate Honors thesis, What Would Jesus Wear?: the Fashioning of the Cross. Michelle earned a Master of Arts degree in International Studies, exploring US immigration, the culmination of which is her thesis, titled In Limbo: Bringing Stability to Undocumented Students Enrolled at Institutions of Higher Education in Central Texas. She enjoys cats, delicious food, travel, and letting her mind get lost in new designs or research topics.
Student Development Specialist II
Melanie Liddle is the Student Development Specialist II for the Honors College as of spring 2017. She earned her BA with Honors in History at Austin College, which included a thesis, "The Boston Massacre or "Massacre"?: A Study in Patriot Propaganda Debates". She has also completed graduate studies in History and Historical Archaeology at the College of William and Mary. Melanie's focus is supporting and showcasing undergraduate research at Texas State. She is a strong and dedicated presence in the Honors College.
Ron Haas is an intellectual historian of Modern Europe and the United States who received his PhD from Rice University in 2007. His research and teaching interests include the “Global 1960s” and European and American traditions of radical and utopian thought. Ron also has extensive experience teaching expository writing and working with student writers. Since joining Texas State University in Fall 2013, he has taught popular courses such as “The 1960s: A History of Movements and Ideas,” “America vs. the World: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship,” and “Alienation and Authenticity: in Search of the Modern Self.” Ron also enjoys advising seniors as instructor of the thesis course (4390B). His main goals as a liberal arts educator are to welcome students to the “life of the mind” and introduce them to critical perspectives they can use in their own lives.
Dr. Burns earned his Ph.D. in Communication from North Dakota State University. He is an applied communication researcher whose professional experiences include working for NBC’s Today Show at the 2006 Torino, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer in both the Department of Communication Studies and the Honors College who teaches a variety of courses including two Honors College courses titled Re-Humanizing Communication and Talking Like TED. Dr. Burns also serves as a Faculty in Residence for the Laurel Honors House, where he lives and works with the Honors and Terry Scholars Living Learning Communities.
Mr. Jordan Morille will be joining the Honors College in Fall 2017 as a professor of Theatre. He graduated from Texas State University with an MFA in Dramatic Writing, earned multiple awards for his work, and published a one-act (Norma's Rest) in The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015. Though he will be new to the Honors College, Jordan has been teaching classes like Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Dramatic Adaptation since 2014.
Emily Hayes graduated from Texas State University in the fall of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Health and Wellness Promotion, Summa Cum Laude. She is currently studying to get her Masters in Health Education. Emily’s goal is to make a difference in the health of people in her community. Emily’s hobbies include hiking with her fiancé Philip, her friend Deana, and her dog Sandy.
Cristina Rodriguez graduated from Texas State University in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Music and Honors Studies. Her thesis titled, "Effects of Undergraduate Housing on Mental Health," helped foster her love for research in an educational setting. She is pursuing her Specialist degree in School Psychology and enjoys spending time with her two cats, Anakin and Audrey.