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
Senior Administrative Assistant
Michelle Sotolongo, MA
Pallavi Krishna Reddy
Student coordinators are the sprockets that keep the Honors machine running, and you caffeinated throughout the day.
Major: Psychology; Concentration: Pre-Med
Minor: Biology, African American Studies
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College and why? I really enjoy seeing the unique courses that are introduced each semester. I feel they allow students to learn core curriculum across different disciplines, an experience I've come to deeply appreciate in my undergraduate studies. One of my favorite things also has to be Lampasas itself; being in this space, encountering different people, and experiencing the changes during my time here has made it very special.
Why did you apply to the Honors College? I applied to the Honors College since I love smaller class sizes. It opens room up for more discussion and lets you become more connected with other students as well as the professor. Not only that, but I wanted to challenge myself to grow further as a student.
Minor: Communication Studies
Why did you apply to the Honors College? I applied to the Honors College because I wanted to take classes that were not only going to challenge me, but allow me to discover new passions that I could learn and grow from. I have always loved going to school, so I knew that being in the Honors College would give me the opportunity to become a better student.
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.
What Honors event is your favorite and why? During finals season, Dr. Galloway makes breakfast for Honors students in Lampasas during late evening. What's better than breakfast with some of your favorite people?
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: Exercise & Sports Science, Concentration: Pre-Rehab
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College and Why? My favorite thing about the Honors College is the community. My freshman year was filled with isolation and COVID-ness, but coming into such a welcoming space to study, relax, talk, or just get a change of scenery helped me get connected to a great community. I am super thankful to have found what is now like a home to me at the Honors College.
Major: Electronic Media
Minor: Women’s Studies & Honors Studies
What is your favorite thing about the Honors College and why? I love the supportive environment the Honors College fosters. The faculty are extremely hands-on and easily accessible to students, and it’s abundantly clear that they want to see all of us chase our passions and succeed in life. I also love that I’ve been taking class with people I’ve known since my freshman year. It’s always nice to see a familiar, friendly face in every Honors course :)
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
Amy Gillis joined the Honors College in August ’21 as the Senior Administrative Assistant after being with the Office of International Affairs for over five years. Amy enjoys traveling, gardening, propagating plant cuttings, mid-century art and design, and her two cats, Moose and Cookie. My favorite part of the Honors College is the fantastic students that I meet and helping to make the Honors College an exceptional place.
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, a strong and dedicated presence in the Honors College, focuses on supporting and showcasing undergraduate research at Texas State. She enjoys her goofy black lab mixes Hank and Macy, the theatre, live music, singing, reading, traveling, volunteer work, good food, and spending her free time on the Texas coast.
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.
Edie Monceaux graduated from Angelo State University, Cum Laude, with a Bachelors in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology back in August 2020. Edie served as an officer for several student organizations during her undergrad, such as Active Minds and Psychology Ambassadors Club, as well as the National Psychology Honors Society, Psi Chi. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at Texas State University. Edie enjoys coffee breaks, her rambunctious puppies, true crime documentaries, meditating, and all things holistic in her free time. She goes nowhere without her trusty moon stone and tigers eye in hand.
Pallavi Krishna Reddy completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bangalore, India. Pallavi has 6 years of work experience in the IT Industry along with 1 year of experience working for the NGO Youth For Seva where she mentored students. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science here at Texas State University. Pallavi enjoys learning new things and loves to meet people.