Office Staff

Honors Faculty & Staff

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Dr. Kimberly Bell


Years at SHSU: 17

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. Maria Alexander Holmes

Associate Dean

Years at SHSU: 16

Area of Study: Psychology, Counseling, Higher Education Leadership

Research Interests:  Inclusive Excellence for Ethically Diverse Honors Students, Intrusive Academic Advising and Talent Development for Gifted Collegians, Gender and Ethnic Differences in College Readiness, Infusing Emotional Intelligence in First Year Experience Courses, and Student Success and Academic Community Engagement.


About: Dr. Holmes devotes her time to counseling, teaching, and researching gifted collegians. She holds certification to administer and provide feedback on Emotional Intelligence instruments. She is the University Coordinator for the Terry Scholars Foundation program. Dr. Holmes is the faculty advisor to the Honors Student Ambassadors and SHSU's Active Minds chapter. She is also a contributing author to Case Studies in Higher Education Leadership.

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Dr. Patrick Lewis

Associate Dean

Years at SHSU: 13

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

Assistant Dean

Years at SHSU: 33

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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Connie Rodriguez

Administrative Coordinator

Years at SHSU: 11

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


Haley Cook

Applications Specialist

Major: Psychology

Minor: Human Services

Classification: Sophomore

Hometown: The Colony, TX

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Cecilia Hendrickson

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Major: Mass Communication Broadcast

Minor: Spanish

Classification: Sophomore

Hometown: Huntsville, TX

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Morgan Marsh

Terry Scholars

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Minor: Spanish

Classification: Sophomore

Hometown: Houston, TX

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Ashlyn Uva

Data Specialist 

Major: Forensic Chemistry and Biology

Minor: Criminal Justice

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Plano, TX

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Jessica Bilsing

Data Specialist Trainee

Major: Psychology

Classification: Freshman

Hometown: Huntsville, TX

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Honors Council

Kimberly Bell

Dean, Honors College

Joyce McCauley         


Maria Botero Jaramillo


Kenneth McIntyre      

Political Science

Tamara Cook


Ashton Mouton          


Brandy Doleshal


Janet Mullings

Criminal Justice

Hannah Gerber          


Benjamin Park


Jason Ingram 

Criminal Justice

Kevin Sweeney           


Praphul Joshi  

Population Health

Jeffrey Wozniak          


Barbara Kaminska      


Hannah Menendez     

Newton Gresham Library

Victoria Lantz 


Berna Abed el Satar   

Family & Consumer Sciences

Kimberly Bell

Maria Botero Jaramillo Tamara Cook

Brandy Doleshal

Hannah Gerber Jason Ingram
Praphul Joshi Barbara Kaminska Victoria Lantz

Brandy Doleshal

Hannah Gerber Jason Ingram

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The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College

Academic Building IV Suite 202 | Box 2479 | Huntsville, Texas 77341-2479

Phone: (936) 294.1477 | Email:

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