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Honors Staff and Faculty

Dr. Heather C. Galloway

Heather C. Galloway, Ph.D.
Dean
galloway@txstate.edu

Dr. Peter Tschirhart headshot

Peter Tschirhart, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
petert@txstate.edu

 

Ron Haas

Ron Haas, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Writing
rmh109@txstate.edu

 

Jordan Morille

Jordan Morille, MFA
Lecturer
jm1952@txstate.edu

Louie Valencia-Garcia

Louie Dean Valencia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History & Faculty-In-Residence for Laurel Honors House
lvalencia@txstate.edu

Amy Gillis Headshot

Amy Gillis
Senior Administrative Assistant

amygillis@txstate.edu
 

Melanie Liddle Headshot

Melanie Liddle
Honors Advisor
mliddle@txstate.edu

Michelle Sotolongo headshot

Michelle Sotolongo, MA
Honors Advisor
ms84@txstate.edu

Gwen Heng

Gwen Heng
Program Coordinator
nhj9@txstate.edu

Edie Monceaux

Edie Monceaux
Graduate Assistant
e_m413@txstate.edu

Pallavi Krishna Reddy
Graduate Assistant
osg12@txstate.edu

Student Coordinators

Student coordinators are the sprockets that keep the Honors machine running, and you caffeinated throughout the day.

Tafia

Major: Psychology; Concentration in 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.

Elisabeth

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Major: Accounting

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. 

Brodrick

Major: Psychology

Minor: Honors Studies

What is your favorite thing about the Honors college? Besides the coffee, I love the energy that fills Honors, whether it be the building itself or staff. The environment makes it easy to talk to people, share ideas, communicate, and find how you fit in Honors College. It has allowed me to be close to and meet so many people I otherwise would never get to know and experience life with, and I have no doubt the same can happen to anyone who takes the chance to join the Honors community. 

Sandra

Major: Advertising

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.

Diego

Major: Psychology

Minor: Honor Studies

What is your favorite Honors class and Why? As hard as it is to pick a favorite honors course, I think I'd have to say it was American History Through Memoirs with Dr. Emily Roehl. As a history nerd, I loved learning about American movements and historical events from the stories of those who lived through them. As a first-generation Cuban immigrant, the honors college became a second home where I felt safe and seen, which was the reason I applied and decided to declare a minor in Honor Studies. Coffee helped as well!

Whit

Major: Theatre/Acting

What is your favorite Honors class and why? My favorite class that I have taken in the Honors College is probably a tie between 'Nature and the Quest for Meaning' and 'American History Through Memoirs'. Both of these classes challenged me to reconsider the way I viewed the natural world and history respectively in ways that I had never thought of before. At the time of writing this, it has only been a year since I took these classes, but I can already tell that the lessons I learned in them are ones that I will take with me long after I graduate from TXST.

Alyssa

Major: International Studies; Concentration in Latin American Studies

Minor: Mass Communication

Why did you apply to the Honors College? I applied to the honors college because of the number of courses available for my major. I've always been a good student, so when I saw that my GPA was enough to be admitted and rewarded with interesting alternative courses, I had to try and apply. Since being admitted, I have taken a variety of honors courses and am grateful to experience something other than college basics.

Julia

Amrin Madhani

Major: Exercise & Sports Science, Concentration in 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. 

Kera

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

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Heather C. Galloway, Ph.D.

Dean

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.

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Peter Tschirhart, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

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.

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Amy Gillis

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.

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Michelle Sotolongo, MA

Honors Advisor

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. 

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Melanie Liddle

Honors Advisor

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.

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Ron Haas, Ph.D.

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.   

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Jordan Morille

Jordan Morille, MFA

Lecturer

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 first novel, The Blacktop Lagoon, released in 2022, and his podcast - GMWKS - is available on all platforms. He is the Region 6 chair of the National Playwriting Program for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and currently teaches courses in Playwriting, Screenwriting, Dramatic Adaptation, Southern Gothic Storytelling, and Creative Arts. 

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Louie Valencia-Garcia

Louie Dean Valencia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Digital History & Faculty-in-Residence for Laurel Honors House

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia 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 researches European youth culture. 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.

 

Gwen Heng

Gwen Heng

Program Coordinator

Gwen Heng joined the Honors College as the Program Coordinator in the fall of 2022. Born and raised in Singapore, she moved to San Marcos in the middle of the pandemic to start a new life here with her partner. She graduated from the University of Sydney and was trained as a pediatric speech therapist specializing in feeding, speech-sound and voice disorders. Gwen now combines her experience in communication and writing with her interest in design to create publicity materials for the Honors College.

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Edie Monceaux

Edie Monceaux

Graduate Assistant

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.

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Pallavi Krishna Reddy

Graduate Assistant

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.

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Honors Organizational Chart

Org Chart (PDF, 745 KB)
Updated Org Chart 10/29/21