Honors College Staff
Edward J. Harpham
Associate Provost and Professor of Political Science
Dr. Harpham heads the Honors College and serves as Director of the Collegium V Honors Program within the Honors College. Dr. Harpham is Associate Provost and Professor of Political Science at The University of Texas at Dallas. He teaches courses in political theory, American government, Texas Politics, and public policy. Dr. Harpham is a previous winner of the Chancellor Council's Outstanding Teaching Award. He sits on the Board for the Archer Center in Washington D.C. and serves as the faculty advisor for the Archer Internship program. He has published extensively on the role that economic ideas play in modern political thought and their impact upon modern state institutions. His more recent work focuses on the role of the passions in modern political thought. Visit Dr. Harpham's homepage to learn more about his research and courses.
Ph.D., Cornell University
Douglas C. Dow
Associate Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Government and Politics
Douglas C. Dow is the Associate Director of Collegium V, and Clinical Associate Professor of Government and Politics. He also heads the Office of Distinguished Scholarships, recruiting and advising students applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. Dr. Dow teaches courses in political theory, American politics, Constitutional law and history, ethics and technology, and film and politics. His research interests include the history of political thought and language, human rights, and jurisprudence.
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Director of the Terry Scholars Program
Blythe Torres is the Director of the Terry Scholars Program and has worked in higher education for 15 years. Prior to her arrival at UT Dallas, she was the Manager of the Education Division in Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She accepted the position as Director of the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) Program at UT Dallas in 2004 and soon thereafter was asked to oversee the implementation of the Terry Scholars Program while continuing her role as Director of AES. In 2010, she transitioned full-time into her current position. She is a member of two national scholarship organizations and has served on several committees within the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). She was invited to present at a recent NSPA national conference due to her experience in the management of large-scale merit-based scholarship programs.
Michael Seeligson is Assistant Provost and a graduate of the University and oversees the National Merit Scholars Program. Mr. Seeligson worked with the Office of Undergraduate Education and is currently working to develop the Honors College at UT Dallas. A McDermott Scholar, Mr. Seeligson graduated from UT Dallas with a Degree in Mathematics and continues to be an active alumnus, serving on the Board of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Alumni Association and remaining active with the UT Dallas alumni community.
Honors Program Coordinator
Valerie Brunell is the Honors Program Coordinator for Collegium V. She is a graduate of University of California at Irvine where she received her Masters in Chemistry. She is a former academic advisor for Natural Science and Mathematics students at UTD and Psychology and Psychobiology students at Binghamton University. Her office is located in GC 2.202. She can be reached at 972-883-3527.
Administrative Assistant II
Helen Roth is the Administrative Assistant for the Honors College. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and she received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Her office is located in GC 2.216. She can be reached at 972-883-4295.
M.B.A., The University of Houston
Sheila Kelly is the Honors Program Specialist for Collegium V. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, where she received her Bachelors in English Literature. She also holds an Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas and is the former Director of Student Affairs for a private French school. Her office is located in GC 2.216B. She can be reached at 972-883-4297.