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Roles and Responsibilities of Honors College Faculty Fellows

(A) Honors Faculty Fellows will meet the following expectations:

  1. Serve as mentors to senior Honors Scholars in preparation for their Senior Thesis;
  2. Assist with career counseling/mentoring for Honors College Scholars in their departments or related departments; 
  3. Promote the Honors College before potential students, potential benefactors, and other publics; 
  4. Commit to assisting the Honors College with recruitment of high academic profile students.  

(B) Benefits to fellows for their contributions to students and the Honors College include:

  1. The opportunity to help some of the most intellectually gifted students on campus to graduate and become leaders locally, nationally, and globally;
  2. Assistance from Honors College scholars in their research, creative, professional and service projects; 
  3. 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

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

Dr. David Baker received his Ph.D. from York University Sociology Department, Toronto, Canada. He is the interim Chair and a Professor of 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. His 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

Dr. Collette M. Bloom is a tenured professor and currently, the interim chair in the department of Educational Administration & 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 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 middle school principal.

Dr. Willie Capers II

Dr. Willie Capers II, is Vice-Chair of Clinical and Administrative 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. Claudius B. Claiborne


Dr. Claiborne is Professor of Business and Marketing at TSU and is the Interim Dean of 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 faculty chosen to start a new campus and business school at Cal State Channel Islands. Dr. Claiborne has advanced degrees in engineering and business from Dartmouth and Washington University (St. Louis), and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he studied with noted behavioral psychologist M. Joseph Sirgy. Dr. Claiborne has published widely in Quality-of-Life Studies, Marketing and Consumer Behavior. In addition, he has served on the Advisory Board, and as Journal Editor for the International Journal of Business Research (IJBR).

Dr. Mayur S. Desai

Dr. Mayur S. Desai is 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 web master 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 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

Dr. Roger Hart is the Director of the Confucius Institute 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, 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

Dr. Iris M. Lancaster earned her BA and MA degrees in English from Texas Southern University, and a PhD from Texas A & M-Commerce. After completing five years on tenure track as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Lancaster was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of English, April 2018.
For the last five years, Dr. Lancaster has sustained continued growth in the areas of teaching and learning, contributed two articles to two peer reviewed journals, one book review to a peer reviewed journal, and is currently working on a book project that focuses on the Buffalo Soldiers. She has also received two prestigious awards, Outstanding Faculty (presented by COLABS at Texas Southern University-April 2017) and Outstanding Educator Award (presented by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority-November 2016). In 2015, Dr. Lancaster was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she was also invited to participate in the UNCF/ Mellon Faculty Teaching and Learning Institute in 2016. She has taught several courses including English 131 and 132: Freshman Composition, English 235: American Literature, English 529: Studies in Literary Biography, English 501: Graduate Student Writing, etc. Dr. Lancaster is also a member of the Honors College Faculty and will be teaching the Honors ENG 131 class during the Fall 2018 semester. 

Dr. Yi Qi

Dr. Yi Qi is the chair of the Transportation Studies Department and professor at the Texas Southern University. Dr. Qi is a very productive scholar who has directed more than 20 external foundered projects sponsored by various federal and local governments and has more than 30 publications in Science Citation Index (SCI) journals, more than 50 conference proceeding papers, and numerous technical report publications. Her research areas include transportation air quality analysis, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), system performance assessment, roadway geometric design and transportation safety. She is a nationally recognized scholar and has been appointed onto two Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees. Dr. Qi received her Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University -Polytechnic Institution.

Dr. Monica L. Rasmus

Dr. Monica L. Rasmus is an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Director of the Program in Health Administration. Dr. Rasmus’ 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. She 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). Dr. Rasmus 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

Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe received his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 2008 and a B.S. in Biology in 1990, from Texas Southern University. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology.
He 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. Dr. Sodipe has published several articles and is currently researching in the areas of Mycology and Forensic Biology. He serves as a reviewer for several journals such as NASA EPSCOR, NSF and is an active member of the College of Science Engineering and Technology research committee.

Dr. Christian Ulasi

Dr. Chris Chinwe Ulasi is a full professor and chair of the Radio Television and Film (RTF) department. He is also 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 more than twenty-eight years. He is a screenwriter, producer, and poet. From 1993-1996 he was journal editor and book editor of the Journal of Nigerian Affairs (formerly CONPO REVIEW). He is the Executive Editor of USAfrica, a community newspaper, and The Black Business Journal, both based in Houston. He has published scholarly articles, book chapters, and presented papers at numerous conferences. He has been a consultant on International Communication and Development for the International Education Foundation in Austin, Texas.
Since 1988, he has taught courses in media, culture and society, international communication, screenwriting, film theory, media aesthetics, and media criticism at Texas Southern University’s School of Communication. Ulasi holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communications, an MA in Telecommunication Policy and Administration, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in International Communications. Dr. Ulasi has also served as a Graduate Studies Advisor in the School of Communication.

Dr. April Walker

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.