Roles and Responsibilities of Honors College Faculty Fellows
(A) Honors Faculty Fellows will meet the following expectations:
- Serve as mentors to senior Honors Scholars in preparation for their Senior Thesis;
- Assist with career counseling/mentoring for Honors College Scholars in their departments or related departments;
- Promote the Honors College before potential students, potential benefactors, and other publics;
- Commit to assisting the Honors College with
recruitmentof high academic profile students.
(B) Benefits to fellows for their contributions to students and the Honors College include:
- The opportunity to help some of the most intellectually gifted students on campus to graduate and become leaders locally, nationally, and globally;
- Assistance from Honors College scholars in their research, creative, professional and service projects;
- 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 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. Willie Capers II, is the Interim Assistant Dean of Student 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. Claiborne is Professor of Business and Marketing in 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
Dr. Mayur S. Desai is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research/MIS and 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 webmaster 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 the 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 is the Director of the China Center 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, the 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. Mario Hollomon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Prairie View A&M University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Texas Southern University. After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Hollomon served as a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the departments of immunology and pediatrics. Dr. Hollomon joined the department of biology as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2014. Dr. Hollomon is currently an Associate Professor in the department of biology. Dr. Hollomon’s research focuses on the role of autophagy on cancer cell tolerance to anticancer treatment. Dr. Hollomon’s research also focuses on the non-apoptotic functions of FADD in osteosarcoma. Dr. Hollomon is currently expanding his research interest to the field of redox transcription factors and their role in cancer cell development and tolerance to anticancer treatment. Dr. Hollomon is currently collaborating with researchers here at Texas Southern University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Iris M. Lancaster earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2009. Her dissertation analyzes the cultural metaphor in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Since receiving her PhD, she has written: “Nanny, Signifying Empowerment: The Evolution of the Dispirited Black Woman in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God” published in Cultural Intertexts - Academic Journal of Literary Studies; Queen Sugar: A Book Review published in the CLA Journal; and “The Rose that Grew from a Legacy of Hope: A Study of Tupac Shakur’s Poetry” published in THE GRIOT: The Journal of African American Studies.
Currently, Dr. Lancaster is writing a chapter on the writings of Tupac Shakur for Reading Between the Lines: A Genealogy of Racial Discourse in American Literature from the 17th Century to the Present (A Critical Collection). Since 2004, Dr. Lancaster has taught several classes. American Literature, World Literature, Women's Literature, Graduate Writing Seminars, Studies in Literary Biography and Non-Fiction, Literature and Film, and African American Fiction. The courses Dr. Lancaster enjoys teaching the most are the Honors English 1301 and 1302 courses. Her teaching philosophy reflects her interests in collaborative authorship. Instead of the “sage on the stage” teaching method, she prefers student-centered teaching that encourages learning by both students and teachers. She favors classroom dynamics that permit dialogue and foster a degree of student input. Also, she supports students thinking about the class as a community. The students spend a fair amount of time in smaller groups in which they talk, think and write together. Her teaching philosophy fits the Honors student dynamic well because these students are excited to learn about writing, and they are ready to work in a collaborative setting. In the Honors English courses, collaborative work is strongly encouraged. Honors students are ready to share their ideas and their insights, so the course work is structured to foster this type of learning environment. In Honors courses, special attention is given to the six core levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. Students are taught these various levels and then asked to connect each level to the various assignments. The pace is rigorous, but steady, and the students enjoy being challenged at every level.
For Dr. Lancaster, teaching the Honors’ students is more than a privilege; it is a joy!
Oluponmile Olonilua, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy from Texas Southern University and made history as the first graduate of the program. She also received her Master of Public Administration degree from Texas Southern University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Currently, she is the coordinator for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree program at Texas Southern University. She is a certified flood plain manager (CFM).
Dr Olonilua’s research interests include hazard mitigation/emergency-management, diversity, equity, and inclusion planning, land use planning, evaluation planning, environmental planning, and policy and community development and public participation. Her research is in several journals including the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Risks, Hazards, Crisis and Public Policy, Journal of Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education, among others. She co-chairs the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship award for the Natural Hazards Workshop, an award she received herself in 2009. She served as the Continuing Education Credit Coordinator for the Natural Hazards Workshop until 2020. Also, she is a Board Member of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association, and a member of the Texas Floodplain Managers Association.
Dr. Yi Qi is the Chair of the Transportation Studies Department and Professor at the Texas Southern University. Her research areas include transportation air quality analysis, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), system performance assessment, roadway geometric design, and transportation safety. As a prolific scholar, she has served as the principal investigator and directed more than 20 externally funded projects sponsored by various federal and local governments. She has over 30 publications in Science Citation Index (SCI) journals, along with more than 50 conference proceeding papers and numerous technical report publications. Dr. Qi is a nationally recognized scholar and has been appointed onto two Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees. She received her Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University -Polytechnic Institution.
Dr. Monica L. Rasmus is the Director of the Program in Health Administration and an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her 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. Dr. Rasmus 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). She 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 is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 2008 and a B.S. in Biology in 1990, from Texas Southern University. Dr. Sodipe 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. His areas of research are Mycology and Forensic Biology. Dr. Sodipe has published several articles and serves as a reviewer for several journals including NASA EPSCOR and NSF. He is an active member of the College of Science Engineering and Technology Research Committee.
Dr. Chris Chinwe Ulasi is Professor and Chair of the Radio Television and Film (RTF) department and 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 over twenty-eight years. He is a screenwriter, producer, and poet. From 1993-1996 he