Student coordinators are the sprockets that keep the Honors machine running, and you caffeinated throughout the day.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Favorite Honors Course & Why: Nature and the Quest for Meaning, because I love the Earth
Major: Criminal Justice
Favorite Honors Course & Why: From White Slavery to Sex Trafficking with Dr. Jessica Pliley because it was one of the most challenging but equally rewarding courses I imagine I will ever have taken in my undergraduate years and it really gave me a voice as a student to express my views on research and difficult topics to talk about.
Favorite Honors Class: To be determined. I am excited to take my first honors class this upcoming spring.
Major: Double major in Political Science and Communicational Studies
Favorite Honors Class: American History Through Memoirs with Professor Siengenthaler because I had a class full of wonderful students that were able to have brilliant discussions which were also fun under the guidance of an amazing professor.
Favorite Honors Course & Why: The honors course I am most interested in has to be HON 3396X: Storytelling in Video Games after talking to the professor of the course, Professor Winchell.
Major: Wildlife Biology
Favorite Honors Class: To be determined. I am looking forward to next semester's classes to see what they have in store.
Major: General Studies
Major: Communication Studies
Favorite Honors Course & Why: Electing a President with Kenneth Ward, because the discussion based class was the best way to talk about politics, and it wasn't a monologue lecture like most political science classes.
Major: Philosophy (Pre-Med)
Favorite Honors Course: Exorcism and Demonology with Professor Laycock
Major: Music Education
Favorite Honors Class & Why: Looking forward to possibly taking the C.S. Lewis class
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.
Director of Academic Development
Co-Chair of the Common Experience
Diann McCabe is a senior lecturer and teaches University Seminar, Teaching Poetry to Children, Walking: An Active and Interdisciplinary Investigation, and Senior Seminar: Thesis Development. She builds the Honors course schedule, recruiting professors to repeat class offerings or create new classes. As Co-Chair of the Common Experience she helps coordinate events in Honors as well as on campus. She serves as a member of San Marcos Code: SMTX. She was a student in the Honors Program and graduated with a degree in English and a MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Texas State. Her favorite part of Honors is talking to students and faculty about ideas, and helping set those ideas in motion.
Student Development Specialist I
Michelle was born in Mexico City to a Mexican mother and Cuban father; 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 titled "What Would Jesus Wear?: the Fashioning of the Cross". Michelle is finalizing research for her Master's thesis in International Studies, titled "In Limbo: Bringing Stability to Undocumented Students Enrolled at Institutions of Higher Education in Central Texas".
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.
Senior Administrative Assistant
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.