Honors Staff and Faculty
Heather C. Galloway, Ph.D.
Peter Tschirhart, Ph.D.
Ron Haas, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Writing
Jordan Morille, MFA
Emily Roehl, Ph.D.
Louie Valencia-García, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History & Faculty-In-Residence for Laurel Honors House
Student coordinators are the sprockets that keep the Honors machine running, and you caffeinated throughout the day.
Major: Communication Design
Why did you apply to the Honors College? I originally knew nothing about the honors college until I started looking for jobs on campus. Honors was offering a position that I was interested in, so I applied and learned that I needed to be in the Honors College to work that position. From there, I started to look into what exactly honors was and what was offered within the college; seeing that the honors college was something I was looking for in my college career, opportunity and challenge, I decided to apply!
Major: English with a minor in Pop Culture Studies
What is your favorite honors course & why? My favorite Honors course was Screenwriting (3396C). It was such a fun class while being incredibly educational in screenplays and the overall industry.
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Business Management
What is your favorite Honors course and why?
My favorite honors course is Storytelling in Video Games. This course offered an interesting perspective on the use of creative writing to drive the development of interactive and immersive stories to create meaningful and enjoyable game world experiences for players, which is something I'm passionate about.
Major: Theatre Performance & Production
Who is your favorite honors professors and why? I've had the opportunity to work with Jordan Morille in three classes thus far, and I plan to participate in every class he offers. As an aspiring playwright, it is so great to have such a casual yet caring professor provide me with nuanced insight into the world of dramatic writing.
Major: Public Health
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College and why? As a transfer student who was coming into a new school, I was very curious and I was always on the Texas State University website, and that is how I found out about the Honors College. My favorite thing about the Honors College is that we get to belong to a learning community and we are provided with so much support and space to learn.
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.
Major: Communication Design & Art History
Minor: Honors Studies & Art
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College and why?
The intersectionality of ideas and culture are so incredible just within Lampasas, from the art displayed in the Gallery of the Common Experience to the Multicultural Lounge and Black Students' Resource Library, which aids in the fight for justice on campus while providing an environment for minority students.
Major: English & Communication Studies
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College? My favorite thing about the Honors College is that the program allows us to explore more than just standardized courses we need to complete our degree. The types of classes offered allowed me to really delve into myself and think about who I am outside the physical realities of the world. For me, it was a philosophical experience in academics that I know I can't get anywhere else. I was encouraged to take classes like "Meaning of Death," "Eating Animals," and "Screenwriting," and it was participating in such thought-provoking courses that really molded me into what I am today. These philosophical experiences were based on the diversity of Honors students and were rooted in intersectionality between race, culture, orientation and much more. The College is truly representative of its students and what we believe in.
Honors Staff Profiles
Dr. Heather Galloway is a professor of Physics and teaches a wide range of classes including: University Seminar, Freshman Physics, Modern Physics, and Building a Greener Future: One Home at a Time. Her research and professional activities focus on science education and her favorite part about being the Honors Dean is reading honors theses and mentoring our incredible students.
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.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Michelle was born in Mexico City and raised in Houston, TX. She is a proud first-generation college graduate of Texas State University, 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. Her primary role as an academic advisor is to guide undergraduate Honors students on their unique educational journeys. Michelle also serves as the Coordinator for the TXST Monarch Center for Immigrant Students, continuing a decade of work researching and training other higher education professionals on how to support undocu/DACAmented students. Michelle enjoys cats, delicious food, immigrant rights, travel, and letting her mind get lost in new designs or research topics.
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.
Director of Research and Writing
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.
Jordan Morille is a lecturer, award-winning playwright, novelist, script doctor, and content creator. He earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Texas State University in 2015. His novella -The Juneborn - is published in The Running Wild Press Novella Anthology, and his podcast - GMWKS - is available on all platforms. He is the Region 6 vice-chair of the New Play Program for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and currently teaches courses in Playwriting, Screenwriting, Dramatic Adaptation, and Creative Arts. Jordan also leads the weekly Honors College Writer’s Circle.
Emily Roehl is a cultural historian and artist who makes work about energy, the environment, and social justice. Dr. Roehl received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas, and she is the co-founder of Mystery Spot Books, an artist book publisher that produces small-run artist books, zines, and other publications that trace the contours of place-based experience. In addition to sharing her research on environmental activism, Dr. Roehl loves to teach about performance, media, and the history of energy. When she isn't teaching or writing, you can find her taking very long walks, playing board games, and mailing letters.
Louie Valencia-García, Ph.D.
Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-García earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York City, has taught at Harvard University, directed the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton, and is a Research Editor for EuropeNow., the journal of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. He loves to write, draw, read, swim, drinks massive amounts of coffee, and is a rare book collector. In particular, he enjoys talking to students about their plans to graduate in Honors, internship and research strategies, preparations for graduate school, and everything from superhero television series to contemporary social issues.
Isabelle graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's degree in Business focusing on Management, supplement with two minors - one in Art, and one in Urban & Regional Planning. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on Preservation & Conservation. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on with a cup of coffee in hand, baking at all hours of the night, working on a variety of art projects in various stages of completion, and annoying her two cats.
Nakenya Minnieweather is a graduate from Texas State University, Cum Laude, in May 2020 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Communication, and a minor in Business Administration. During her undergrad at Texas State, Nakenya was involved in several prestigious organizations such as the Iota Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Student Foundation, and the Order of Omega Honors Society. She has also had the pleasure of representing Texas State as the 2019 Homecoming Queen and the 2020 LBJ Outstanding Senior. She is currently studying to obtain her Masters in Business Administration, in hopes of one day owning her very own dance studio. Upon graduation, Nakenya hopes to move to Atlanta, Georgia, where she will dance professionally for recording artists. In her leisure, Nakenya loves painting, working out and giving back to the community.