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Thomas F. Freeman Honors College
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Fax: 713.313.6772
Email: HonorsDean@tsu.edu
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Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard, Dean
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Dianne Jemison Pollard, Ed.D. is the dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. She is also Professor of Theatre and Theatre Area Coordinator in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. For over ten years, Dr. Jemison Pollard served as the Chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts at TSU (Art, Music, and Theatre). Under her leadership, the Department of Fine Arts received multiple Department of the Year honors at TSU recognizing it for performance, scholarship, research, and community outreach.  In her tenured service to the University she has served as Director of Theatre, Education Coordinator for the Deluxe Theater, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. Among a myriad of responsibilities in the Honors CollegeDr. Jemison Pollard was primarily responsible for developing courses and academic programs, increasing collaborative educational projects with faculty of various academic units, and monitoring and assessing student performance and overall program effectiveness.

Dr. Jemison Pollard is an award-winning university stage director who has directed over fifty productions from Greek and Shakespeare to Contemporary Theatre, Musicals and Children’s Theatre.  She has written eighteen religious pageants that have been produced around the globe. Her academic and creative pursuits have taken her to Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Zimbabwe, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, and across the United States, including Hawaii. She earned the BA degree in Speech and Drama from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the MA degree in Communications-Theatre from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, the MFA degree in Directing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the Ed. D degree in Counseling from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Her dissertation was titled, “The Use of Music to Improve Social skills Development in Children Diagnosed with Autism.”

Her local board appointments have included, the Kuumba House Dance Theatre, the Black Theatre Collective, Ebony Opera Guild and the People’s Family Workshop. Additionally she has served on the theatre panel for the Houston Arts Alliance and the Cultural Arts Alliance in Austin. Recently, she received the Educational Excellence Award from the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts and is listed in the 7th Edition of Who’s Who in Black Houston publication. She is an active member of the Antioch Baptist Church-Downtown, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Texas Spring Cypress Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Dr. Pollard assumed her position as the Dean of the Honors College on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Ms. Renuka Nair, Director of Academic and Student Services
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Ms. Renuka Nair is the Director of Academic and Student Services in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College at Texas Southern University. As the Director of Academic and Student Services, Ms. Nair’s principal role is to serve as an advocate for the Honors Scholars. In that capacity, she provides leadership, direction, and assistance to the Honors Scholars, with academic advisement, records management, as well as personal and/or career counseling. She is responsible for assisting with curriculum development and oversight of the minors housed in the Honors College. Ms. Nair investigates Honors students’ academic concerns and addresses student questions related to academic matters. She monitors all Honors students to ensure completion of Honors enrichment core courses for freshmen and sophomores and course augmentation proposals (CAPs) for juniors and seniors. She also oversees the Honors College’s undergraduate research and creative activities, including organizing the annual Undergraduate Research/Creative Activities Symposium in spring semester. Additionally, she is responsible for assisting with assessment in the Honors College. Ms. Nair works collaboratively with the Honors College’s Director for Outreach and Engagement in designing, implementing, and managing the Honors Internship Program and the Honors Service Learning Program. Ms. Nair oversees Honors student organizations as well as oversees excursions to the theater, the symphony, museums, STEM experiences, study away, study abroad, etc. She collaborates with the Office of Admissions in evaluating admissions portfolios of Honors prospects and with the Office of Student Affairs in developing and assessing programs for student retention. Ms. Nair has spent more than 15 years in the field of education, and shares the TFF Honors College passion for student success and achievement. Having lived in various parts of the world, including India, the Middle East and Canada, she brings a global perspective to her advisement. Ms. Nair holds a B. S. in Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada, and an M.A. in Clinical Community Psychology from TSU.

Mr. Shandon P. Neal, Program Coordinator
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Mr. Shandon P. Neal is the Assistant to the Dean/Program Coordinator for the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. In this role, Mr. Neal provides executive support for the dean while managing the day-to-day operations of the office. He assists the Dean of the Honors College by screening and prioritizing mail/phone calls, planning and scheduling meetings and appointments, and making travel and guest arrangements. Mr. Neal researches and writes memos, analyzes documents, and prepares research reports for the college as necessary. He assists the dean in managing the Honors admissions process. He is also responsible for evaluating programs, managing projects, editing and preparing correspondence, and representing the Honors College at assigned events, all of which round off a myriad of responsibilities in his quest to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the operation of the Honors College. His routine duties also include monitoring and managing expenditures, thus functioning as the business officer for the college. Additionally, within the Honors College he works collaboratively with the Director of Academic and Student Services in staffing student activities, including local field excursions, study away and study abroad programming. He also works with the college’s Director of Outreach and Engagement to provide creative ways of drawing students to the Honors space for a myriad of events and lectures designed for enrichment of Honors students and for campus-wide enjoyment and appreciation. Mr. Neal is responsible for building strong relationships with the Office of Scholarships, the Office of Financial Aid, and Housing to ensure that Honors Scholars enjoy a smooth transition to campus and that they remain worry free about such matters. A native Houstonian, Mr. Neal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Administration from Prairie View A&M University. As a committed leader to lifelong learning, he plans to complete a terminal degree (an Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership with a focus on Higher Education.