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Thomas F. Freeman Honors College
Phone: 713.313.6725
Fax: 713.313.6772
Email: HonorsDean@tsu.edu
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Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard, Dean
Dr. Jemison Pollard

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Dianne Jemison Pollard is the Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College and Professor of Theatre 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). In her tenured service to the University she has served as Director and Area Coordinator of Theatre, Education Coordinator for the Deluxe Theater, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. As dean, Dr. Jemison Pollard works with the staff of the Honors College to assure the mission of the College is being implemented. The mission of the Honors College is to provide challenging honors core courses, an upper level curriculum, and academic enhancement experiences. The College must serve the needs of the scholars by providing a learning environment that fosters a commitment to excellence in education.

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 many places internationally, and across the United States. 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. Her dissertation was titled, “The Use of Music to Improve Social skills Development in Children Diagnosed with Autism.”

Dr. Hector Miranda, Jr., Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Hector Miranda

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Hector Miranda, Jr. is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College and Professor of Biology in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (COSET). Dr. Miranda was the Interim Assistant Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College from 2013 to 2015. He earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio where he worked in the field of molecular phylogenetics. After receiving his Ph.D., he spent several years as a postdoc at the Children’s Research Foundation in Cincinnati, at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Miranda also spent time in the Philippines serving as the Science Director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, and as an administrator and faculty member at the University of the Philippines in Mindanao. Prior to joining Texas Southern University in 2005, Dr. Miranda served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Rollins College in Florida. At TSU, he continues his research in molecular phylogenetics and mentors many students, some of whom are now faculty or practicing physicians.

As the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the Honors College, Dr. Miranda is responsible for scheduling honors core courses and meets monthly with the Honors College Faculty. He implements and distributes surveys to faculty and scholars to monitor classroom success in the honors core classes. He also works with the honors staff in completing assessment and evaluation documents.  

Ms. Renuka Nair, Director of Academic and Student Services
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Ms. Renuka Nair serves as the Director of Student Support Services in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. Her 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 advisement, records management, as well as personal and/or career counseling. Ms. Nair assists with ensuring that scholars are in compliance with the Honors College curriculum. She facilitates the Honors College’s Undergraduate Research and Internships Symposium at the end of each semester. She is responsible for assisting with the college's assessment planning. Ms. Nair is the advisor for the Honors College Ambassadors Organization. She is also the instructor of the Introduction to Honors Seminar for the first-year Honors Scholars.

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
Shandon Neal

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Mr. Shandon P. Neal serves as the College Business Administrator (CBA) and is the Scholarship Coordinator for the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. Mr. Neal monitors and manages expenditures as the business officer for the College. He keeps records of all monies coming into the College from state and local budgets, to outside awards through fundraising, grants, and private donors. He travels on sponsored trips for scholars so that all expenditures are documented. As the Scholarship Coordinator, Mr. Neal builds strong relationships with the Office of Scholarships, the offices of Financial Aid and Housing, and keeps a record of all scholarships awarded each scholar from Freshman year to Senior year. 

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. He is a committed leader to lifelong learning.