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Dr. Kimberly Bell


Years at SHSU: 20

Area of Study: Medieval Literature

Research Interests: Middle English romances and saint's lives, manuscript studies, and cultural game theory

Hometown: Milton-Freewater, Oregon

About: Dr. Bell has been involved in Honors since 2004, when she taught her first Honors course (ENGL 2332: World Lit I). Afterwards, she knew she wanted to be more involved in honors. Dr. Bell was thrilled to be named Assistant Director in 2008 and then Dean in 2015. She has really enjoyed working with and helping motivated, outstanding, and truly inspiring students.

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Dr. Patrick Lewis

Associate Dean

Years at SHSU: 16

Area of Study: Paleontology

Research Interests: Dr. Lewis researches various groups of mammals and reptiles spanning the last 240 million years, and does his field work mainly in Southern Africa.

Hometown: Evansville, Indiana

About: Dr. Lewis served eight years in the US Air Force before going to school to study anthropology and anatomy. He has been serving Honors since 2010 and his primary focus is organizing the Honors seminars.

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Dr. Tracy Bilsing

Associate Dean

Years at SHSU: 36

Area of Study: 20th British literature, material culture and sensibility of home front during wartime

Research Interests: Late 19th-20th century British literature, literature of war, short fiction, WWI, material culture/popular culture (specifically in literature of war)

Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela

About: Dr. Bilsing earned a PhD from Texas A&M in 1998, and has taught in the English department for many years. She joined the Honors College in 2015 as Assistant Dean of Honors. She feels a distinct pleasure in helping to organize and host the Undergraduate Research Symposium with the Honors Ambassadors each Spring.

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Kendall Gragert

Associate Director II

Years at SHSU: 4

Area of Study: English, Literacy

Research Interests: Medieval, Neomedieval, and Fantasy Literature

Hometown: Willis, Texas

About: Kendall is a former middle and high school English teacher who transitioned to higher education in 2018, serving in both the SAM Center and Academic Success Center. Kendall is a first-generation college student who earned her BA and MA in English at SHSU and is now working on her Doctorate of Education in Literacy at SHSU with a research focus in the impact of the Fantasy genre on literacy. She is passionate about creating meaningful touchpoints to help retain other first-generation college students through the power of community.

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Connie Rodriguez

Administrative Coordinator

Years at SHSU: 14

Area of Study: Business Administration

Hometown: Huntsville, TX

About: Connie first joined SHSU in 2008 and worked for Undergraduate/Graduate Admissions for 7 years. She has been working for Honors since 2015. She is currently working towards earning her bachelor's in Business Administration.

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Abigail Roberson

Administrative Associate II

Years at SHSU: December 2021

Area of Study: Business Management 

Hometown: Conroe, TX

About: Abbie first joined the SHSU Honors College in 2021. She is a graduate of Texas A&M and Mays Business School with the University Honors program. She currently works on marketing, communications, recruiting, and events at the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College.

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Student Assistants

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Haley Cook

Applications Specialist I

Major: Psychology

Minor: Human Services

Classification: Junior

Hometown: The Colony, TX

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Cecilia Hendrickson

Marketing & Communications Specialist I

Major: Mass Communication Broadcast

Minor: Spanish

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Huntsville, TX

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Morgan Marsh

Terry Scholars

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Minor: Spanish

Classification: Junior

Hometown: Houston, TX

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Jessica Bilsing

Data Specialist Trainee

Major: Psychology

Classification: Freshman

Hometown: Huntsville, TX

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Huda Yousif

Marketing & Communications Specialist II

Major: Animation

Classification: Junior

Hometown: Katy, TX

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Edward Agsunod

Data Specialist Trainee

Major: Supply Chain Management & Finance

Classification: Freshman

Hometown: Montgomery, TX

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Alex Kinsel

Applications Specialist II

Major: Music Education

Classification: Freshman

Hometown: Meyerland, TX

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