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The Staff of Honors

Heather Galloway

Heather C. Galloway, PhD

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.


Diann McCabe, MFA
Director of Academic Development

Co-Chair of the Common Experience

Diann McCabe is a senior lecturer and teaches University Seminar, Teaching Poetry to Children, and Honors Senior Seminar. As Co-Chair of the Common Experience she helps coordinate events in Honors as well as on campus. She is also the chair of the LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial Project and serves on the board of the Friends of the Fine Arts and is a board member of the San Marcos Arts Commission. 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.

Melanie Liddle

Melanie Liddle
Senior Administrative Assistant

Melanie Liddle is the Administrative Assistant for the Honors College and has served in this position for seven years. She earned her BA in History at Austin College and has completed graduate studies in History and Historical Archaeology. Melanie is responsible for scheduling events and meetings, planning and holding receptions, and a multitude of other responsibilities. She is a strong and dedicated presence in the Honors College.


John Hood

John Hood, MFA
Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor

and Student Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Advisor

A former professor and department chair at Yale, John Hood has pursued a long and eclectic career in the creative arts (theatre, music, literature, writing, architecture, engineering). As a senior lecturer he teaches several popular courses such as Screenwriting and the Art of Storytelling, and develops at least one new honors course each year. He also supervises several honors theses and mentors students who compete for prime international fellowships and scholarships.

Robby Sanchez

Robby Sanchez
Graduate Assistant

A second-year graduate student in the Department of Sociology, Robby Sanchez rejoins the Honors College as a graduate assistant. Robby received his B.A. in Sociology with minors in Honors Studies and Leadership Studies from Texas State University in May 2013. Robby's undergraduate thesis is titled, "The RISING STAR Model: Achieving a Successful Transition and Sense of Community Among On-Campus Residents," and provided a brief evaluation of the programming model used within residence halls. Robby's favorite activity is laughing. After completing his degree, Robby hopes to find a full-time staff position in university administration.

Victoria Brieske

Victoria Brieske
Graduate Assistant

Victoria Brieske is a graduate student pursuing a M.A. in Literature with a minor in Secondary Education. In Spring of 2013, she received her B.A. in Humanities –with a concentration in English –from the University of Houston-Victoria. Victoria is delighted to be a member of the Texas State student body, as well as an assistant in the Honors College. In her spare time, she can usually be found mingling with her fellow Liberal Arts majors and undiscovered talents at the local coffee shops. After graduation, Victoria plans to apply to the Peace Corps and teach English overseas.