Roles and Responsibilities of Honors College Faculty Fellows
(A) Honors Faculty Fellows will meet the following expectations:
- Serve as mentors to senior Honors Scholars in preparation for their Senior Thesis;
- Assist with career counseling/mentoring for Honors College Scholars in their departments or related departments;
- Promote the Honors College before potential students, potential benefactors, and other publics;
- Commit to assisting the Honors College with
recruitmentof high academic profile students.
(B) Benefits to fellows for their contributions to students and the Honors College include:
- The opportunity to help some of the most intellectually gifted students on campus to graduate and become leaders locally, nationally, and globally;
- Assistance from Honors College scholars in their research, creative, professional and service projects;
- Financial assistance for fellows to use for helping the College make strides in Texas Southern University's Top Five Priorities: Student Success and Completion, Academic Program Quality and Research, Culture, Partnerships, and Finances.
Dr. Tanya Allen is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Texas Southern University. Prior to joining the faculty in the fall of 2016, she observed and evaluated alternative certification teachers and provided music instruction to public school students. She completed her Master’s and Doctorate degree in Music Education at Florida State University and her undergraduate degree and teacher certification at the University of New Orleans.
While her primary responsibilities at TSU include music education courses and observing preservice music teachers, she also enjoys instructing non-music majors and cultivating relationships with public school educators. Besides effectively utilizing technology in all aspects of education, her interests include open educational resources and practices in higher education and effective teacher training. She is an active member of several organizations including the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and the Association of Teacher Educators.
Dr. David Baker is the Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Administration of Justice Department at the Barbara Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Dr. Baker is on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies and International Journal of Criminology and Sociology Theory. He received his Ph.D. from York University Sociology Department, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Baker's teaching areas include Qualitative Methods in Administration of Justice, Administration of Justice Ethics and Theory. His research and scholarship includes 2 books, 19 Journal articles (Peer Reviewed), one book review and one chapter: The Child in Care; The Politics of Care and the Politics of Race; Perception of Restorative Justice by Jail Inmates; Criminology and Civil Society: A Critical Review; Preventing Substance Abuse Recidivism: An Examination of Rehabilitation and Punishment Approaches; and A Theoretical Consideration Towards An Understanding Of Schools as Breeding Grounds for Prisons.
Dr. Baker is currently researching in the areas of justice reform.
Dr. Collette M. Bloom is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations, in the College of Education. She received her Ed.D. from Texas A & M at College Station, Texas specializing in Educational Administration. Her dissertation was entitled Critical Race Theory and the African American Woman Principal: Alternative Portrayals of Effective Leadership Practices in Urban Schools. She was awarded a scholarship by American Education Research Association, SIG Research on Women in Education, Special Interest Group (SIG) for outstanding dissertation research on African American women in Educational Administration. Her master's (M.Ed.) degree was conferred by the University of Houston in the areas of Educational Administration and Supervision. She received her bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from the Xavier University of Louisiana in elementary mathematics education.
With more than twenty-five years of experience in public school education, Dr. Bloom has served in various teaching assignments, supervisory and leadership positions at all levels of education in Texas, including the middle school principal.
Dr. Willie Capers II, is the Interim Assistant Dean of Student Services and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he is responsible for simulation labs and experiential education faculty development and affiliate relations for clinical laboratory science, environmental health, health administration, health information management, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy programs.
Prior to academia, he held leadership, management, and clinical positions in large community hospitals and academic medical centers. He is a founding PGY1 Residency Program Director and has taught pharmacy residents and students for over 10 years. He earned his MBA from Arkansas State University and PharmD from Texas Southern University. He completed his PGY1 and PGY2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration residencies at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dr. Claiborne is Professor of Business and Marketing in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business. He has a longstanding relationship with leadership development programs beginning with his selection as a Presidential Scholar from Virginia. Dr. Claiborne was the first African American basketball player at Duke University. His interest in teamwork and leadership fostered his work with psychologist James Farr, founder of the Center for Creative Leadership. He has led several student experiential education trips designed to teach principles of leadership and teamwork. He has also accompanied students on educational experiences in Yokohama, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Dr. Claiborne has worked for Westinghouse, Ford, Duke Power and two consulting firms, Charles T. Main and Booz-Allen. In 2003, he was one of 25 initial
Dr. Mayur S. Desai is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research/MIS and Professor of Management Information Systems at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. He has 15+ years of industry and 20+ years of academic experience. While at Indiana University Kokomo for nine years he received excellence in teaching awards, established an e-business lab, served as a webmaster for the school of business, involved in promoting the MBA program, wrote research grants and developed database application for the city of Kokomo. His research involves outsourcing strategies, information technology ethics, end-user development, curriculum, assessment, and student enrollment development, e-commerce, and systems security. Dr. Desai, an award-winning researcher, has published several refereed articles and presented papers at professional conferences. Dr. Desai holds a Ph.D. in Business Computers Information Systems from the University of North Texas, an MBA from Hardin-Simmons University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University–Kingsville, and a BE in electrical engineering from the University of Bombay.
Dr. Roger Hart is the Director of the China Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Geography at Texas Southern University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History, University of California -LA, his M.S. from Stanford University in Mathematics and a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mathematics. Dr. Hart spent a total of six years teaching, studying and researching in China. He has received numerous fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Hart’s previous appointments include Seoul National University, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Chicago, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard University. Dr. Hart is also the author of “The Chinese Roots of Linear Algebra” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and “Imagined Civilizations: China, the West, and Their First Encounter” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).
Dr. Iris M. Lancaster earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2009. Her dissertation analyzes the cultural metaphor in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Since receiving her PhD, she has written: “Nanny, Signifying Empowerment: The Evolution of the Dispirited Black Woman in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God” published in Cultural Intertexts - Academic Journal of Literary Studies; Queen Sugar: A Book Review published in the CLA Journal; and “The Rose that Grew from a Legacy of Hope: A Study of Tupac Shakur’s Poetry” published in THE GRIOT: The Journal of African American Studies.
Currently, Dr. Lancaster is writing a chapter on the writings of Tupac Shakur for Reading Between the Lines: A Genealogy of Racial Discourse in American Literature from the 17th Century to the Present (A Critical Collection). Since 2004, Dr. Lancaster has taught several classes. American Literature, World Literature, Women's Literature, Graduate Writing Seminars, Studies in Literary Biography and Non-Fiction, Literature and Film, and African American Fiction. The courses Dr. Lancaster enjoys teaching the most are the Honors English 1301 and 1302 courses. Her teaching philosophy reflects her interests in collaborative authorship. Instead of the “sage on the stage” teaching method, she prefers student-centered teaching that encourages learning by both students and teachers. She favors classroom dynamics that permit dialogue and foster a degree of student input. Also, she supports students thinking about the class as a community. The students spend a fair amount of time in smaller groups in which they talk, think and write together. Her teaching philosophy fits the Honors student dynamic well because these students are excited to learn about writing, and they are ready to work in a collaborative setting. In the Honors English courses, collaborative work is strongly encouraged. Honors students are ready to share their ideas and their insights, so the course work is structured to foster this type of learning environment. In Honors courses, special attention is given to the six core levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. Students are taught these various levels and then asked to connect each level to the various assignments. The pace is rigorous, but steady, and the students enjoy being challenged at every level.
For Dr. Lancaster, teaching the Honors’ students is more than a privilege; it is a joy!
Dr. Yi Qi is the Chair of the Transportation Studies Department and Professor at the Texas Southern University. Her research areas include transportation air quality analysis, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), system performance assessment, roadway geometric design, and transportation safety. As a prolific scholar, she has served as the principal investigator and directed more than 20 externally funded projects sponsored by various federal and local governments. She has over 30 publications in Science Citation Index (SCI) journals, along with more than 50 conference proceeding papers and numerous technical report publications. Dr. Qi is a nationally recognized scholar and has been appointed onto two Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees. She received her Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University -Polytechnic Institution.
Dr. Monica L. Rasmus is the Director of the Program in Health Administration and an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her research focuses on health care quality and access, health disparities, research for the betterment of the public’s health, and curriculum development for and impediments to student success. Dr. Rasmus has mentored and supervised many students on their research projects, and has received several awards from TSU’s Research Week, including the 2016 first place award for Faculty Presentation (along with co-presenter, Dr. Renard Thomas). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University, her Master of Education from the University of Houston, her Master of Business Administration degree from Texas Woman’s University, and her Master and Doctor of Public Health degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.
Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 2008 and a B.S. in Biology in 1990, from Texas Southern University. Dr. Sodipe has developed and teaches courses in “Biological Sciences” at TSU at both undergraduate and graduate levels where he includes: "Literature review and its interpretations" (BIOL 795) and "Preparation and presentation of projects reports" (BIOL 499). He also serves as an advisor to the large population of Pre-Health professional and undergraduate students. His areas of research are Mycology and Forensic Biology. Dr. Sodipe has published several articles and serves as a reviewer for several journals including NASA EPSCOR and NSF. He is an active member of the College of Science Engineering and Technology Research Committee.
Dr. Chris Chinwe Ulasi is Professor and Chair of the Radio Television and Film (RTF) department and the Coordinator for the Entertainment and Recording Industry Management program, in the School of Communication. Dr. Ulasi has been a professional communicator, scholar, and researcher for over twenty-eight years. He is a screenwriter, producer, and poet. From 1993-1996 he
Professor April Walker is a tenured law professor at one of the most diverse law schools in the nation, Texas Southern University’s very own-Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Professor Walker has worn many hats during her tenure at TMSL. Prior to becoming a Full Professor of Law, she was formerly the Director of the Homeless Clinic and Director of Legal Writing Program. Currently, she is a full-time professor focusing on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. She is also the director of the performance-based conditional program for prospective law students known as Legal Education Advancement Program (LEAP) at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. In her past work experience, she was an Associate Judge for the City of Houston, an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Houston and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. Professor Walker also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She has written several articles. She currently serves as the General Counsel of Texas Southern University Faculty Senate, is the Faculty Advisor for the Black Law Students Association and serves on several law school committees. Professor Walker also received the HLA Robeson L. King Excellence in Education Award in 2017.