McNair Staff

Dr. Lydia Fox
Director

Dr. Lydia Cruz Fox- Program Director

Dr. Lydia C. Fox is a first-generation college student from Laredo, Texas.  She obtained her baccalaureate degree in psychology from Texas A&M University in 1994.  She then attended Texas Tech University where she obtained a Master’s degree in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 1999, both in developmental psychology.  She was a university professor at a liberal arts college in West Virginia for three years before moving back to Texas. She came to SHSU in January of 2004 at the inception of the McNair Program.  She was initially hired as Coordinator and later became Director of the McNair Program. Dr. Fox truly enjoys working with and serving as a mentor for McNair Scholars.  She also serves as adjunct instructor for the College of Education at SHSU.

Dr. Fox is married to another psychologist, Daniel, and has two children, daughter Alex—9 years and son Sebastian—7 years.  They live in The Woodlands.

Tama Hamrick
Coordinator

Tama obtained her bachelor's degree in speech communication and master's degree in human communication from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), where she also obtained postbaccalaureate teaching licensure in secondary education.  After earning her master's degree, Tama served as the Coordinator of Tutoring Services for a TRIO Student Support Services program and as an Adjunct Instructor and Teacher Education Consultant for UNC's Department of Communication Studies.  She later attended the University of Denver where she taught courses in communication studies and worked as a research assistant while completing her coursework for a  Ph.D. in human communication.  Tama recently relocated from her native state of Colorado to join McNair in its efforts to prepare students from populations historically underrepresented in advanced degree programs for doctoral study.  She also works with the Graduate Studies Office as a dissertation reviewer and faculty senate liaison for the committee book.

Reade Dowda

Graduate Mentor

Reade graduated from Oklahoma State University with an undergrad degree in American Studies.  He then moved to Thailand and taught English at the American University Alumni Language Center and science at the Ayudhaya International Preparatory School for two years.  He returned to Oklahoma to spend time with his grandparents and earn a master's degree in Counseling at Oklahoma State University.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. Reade is married to an aspiring chef, Duangduean, and they enjoy cooking, traveling, and visiting their family and friends.


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