Honors College Staff
Edward J. Harpham
Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Political Science
Dr. Harpham is the Dean of the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College and Associate Provost at The University of Texas at Dallas, overseeing its many activities. A Professor of Political Science, Dr. Harpham teaches courses in political theory, American government, Texas politics, and public policy. With Wendy Harpham M.D., he has developed a sequence of honors readings tutorials that explore the history, philosophy, and practice of medicine. Dr. Harpham is a previous winner of the Chancellor Council's Outstanding Teaching Award. He sits on the Board of 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 public policy. His more recent work focuses on the role that emotions and passions play in modern political thought. He is the co-author with Anthony Champagne of the bestselling textbook Governing Texas. Dr. Harpham also works closely with the McDermott Scholars Program. Visit Dr. Harpham's homepage to learn more about his research and courses.
Ph.D., Cornell University
Douglas C. Dow
Associate Dean of the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College and Clinical Professor of Government and Politics
Douglas C. Dow is the Associate Director of Collegium V, and Clinical 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 and Texas government, 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
Professor of Computer Science
Ravi Prakash is a professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas. His areas of teaching and research include wireless and sensor networking, mobile computing and distributed computing. He is the recipient of multiple research grants from federal agencies and industry including the NSF CAREER award and the NSF Major Research Infrastructure award. He has served the technical and university community in his roles as an editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Mobile Computing, as the President of the IEEE Dallas section, and as a member of the UT Dallas Faculty Senate and Academic Council.
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience
Eva LaDow is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience with Collegium V. She did her Ph.D. at the University of California San Francisco, focusing on neuronal signal transduction and synaptic plasticity. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the Gladstone Institutes of Neurological Disease, she performed a high content analysis drug-repurposing screen to find potential therapies for ALS. Dr. LaDow teaches courses related to neurobiology, including Cellular Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology.
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Christina Thompson is a lecturer in Chemistry with Collegium V. She obtained her PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she focused on synthetic organic chemistry and completed the first total synthesis of the natural product Dykellic Acid. From there she went to work at Abbott Laboratories, designing and developing new drugs for Schizophrenia. Dr. Thompson teaches introductory organic chemistry lecture and lab, and works in Dr. Smaldone's research lab developing new materials for energy storage. She is also part of a team at UT Dallas developing Polycraft World, a mod for the popular game Minecraft, designed to teach polymer chemistry and energy science through enhanced game play.
Director of the Terry Scholars Program
Blythe Torres is the Director of the Terry Scholars Program and has worked in higher education for 20 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 has been invited to speak at the NSPA national conference on multiple occasions, lecturing on topics such as the management of large-scale merit-based scholarship programs and the unique enhancements of the UT Dallas Terry Scholars Program.
Valerie Brunell is the Assistant Dean and Director of the National Merit Scholars Program, the Collegium V Honors Program and the Liberal Arts Honors Programs. She has worked in higher education for almost 15 years both at UT Dallas and Binghamton University. She is a graduate of University of California at Irvine where she received her Master's degree in Chemistry.
Sheila Kelly is the Assistant Director for the Collegium V, Honors Program. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, where she received her Bachelors in English Literature. She also holds a 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.
Assistant Director of the Terry Scholars Program
Cassie Cure is the Assistant Director for the Terry Scholars Program. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she received her Masters in Higher Education Administration. She was previously the Study Abroad Coordinator at Sam Houston State University and the Administrative Program Specialist for a business honors program at Texas Christian University. Her office is located in GC 2.216F. She can be reached at 972-883-4284.
Assistant Director for the National Merit Scholars Program
Wendi Kavanaugh is the Assistant Director for the National Merit Scholars Program. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce where she received a B.S. in Radio and Television. She has a M.A. in Humanities, Aesthetic Studies and an M.F.A. in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the former Membership Outreach Manager for the Dallas Museum of Art. Her office is located in GC 2.212. She can be reached at 972-883-4285.
Patrick Muenks is a Program Specialist with the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College. He is a graduate of Drury University where he earned a Masters in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Change. He is the former Program Coordinator of the Honors Program at the University of Texas at Tyler. His office is located in GC 2.216G. Mr. Muenks can be reached at 972-883-6311.
M.A., Drury University
Honors Program Specialist
Katy Jordan is a Program Specialist with the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where she earned a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a final research project on Stratification in Higher Education. Katy is a former Academic Advisor for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her office is located in GC 2.216A. She can be reached at 972-883-4205.
Administrative Assistant II
Josh Kreuter is the Administrative Assistant II for the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College. He is currently studying Criminal Justice through Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to UT Dallas, Josh was the Associate Director of Admissions at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas and Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach. He assisted the team in winning five state championships. Josh’s office is located in GC 2.2 and he can be reached at 972-883-4295.
Josiah Summerville is the Accountant for the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler where he received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. During his undergraduate career he was a part of the Men’s Basketball team at UT-Tyler where he served as team captain his last two years and was a part-time employee for the university’s Financial Services Office and Ingenuity Center. Josiah was previously a Budget and Reporting Analyst for Enrollment Management at The University of Texas at Tyler in Fall 2015. His office is located in GC 2.216C, and he can be reached at 972-883-3845.
B.B.A., The University of Texas at Tyler