Thomas F. Freeman Honors College
Lower Level, Robert J. Terry Library
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX 77004
Voice - 713 313 6725; Fax - 713 313 1879
For information about College personnel, please click on the appropriate section heading
Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Deans
The administrative team in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College includes the dean,
associate dean for academic affairs, assistant dean for academic affairs, and assistant
dean for student services.
The dean, associate dean and assistant deans optimize the relationships between the
college and the human and other resources that support its program. The resources
include faculty members, departments, schools and colleges, other officials and offices
in the university; experts who make presentations related to themes in the college
and courses students take in its program; sites of observations, experiences, contributions
and special studies; educational institutions from which students seek admission
into the college; and alumni and benefactors of the college.
The Dean is the chief visionary, academic and administrative officer of the college.
The person who holds this position leads the development of its academic program,
the provision of services to its students, and the optimizing of its relationships
with partners and benefactors inside and outside the university. This official
is responsible for making sure that students who graduate from the college embody
the achievement of the mission of the college, embody the attributes of a superior
graduate of the university, and apply their education in work and in further study.
Dianne Jemison Pollard, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The associate dean for academic affairs focuses on the academic aspects of the college.
That official is responsible for ensuring the observing of requirements for admission,
progression and graduation in the college. These include courses the college develops
and offers, and courses that other academic units offer and that earn honors college
credit. This official also acts as the chief administrative officer of the college
in the absence of the dean.
Karen Kossie-Chernyshev, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
The interim assistant dean for academic affairs focuses on the relationships between
the College and initiatives undertaken by the university to enhance academic performance.
They include the Urban Academic Village (UAV), Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), projects, and the work of units
in such specialized areas as undergraduate research.. This official works with the
Dean, Assistant Dean for Student Services and University Advancement personnel to
cultivate external relationships that benefit the College.
Candy Ratliff, Assistant Dean for Student Services
The assistant dean for student services meets the needs of College students and
serves as an advocate for them. This official advises students, facilitates the
advising of them, promotes the establishment and operation of student organizations,
ensures students have the technological and other resources for their development,
and serves as the reporter, writer, editor and manager for communication and relationships
between the college and its publics.
The college business administrator is responsible for the organization, operations
and efficiency of the college. This official manages the business relationships
between the college and its clients and partners, and maintains its master student,
personnel, financial, and budgetary records. The official also facilitates the
execution of the activities and events of the College.
The administrative assistant provides clerical support to the dean, but also serves
the associate dean for academic affairs, the assistant dean for academic affairs,
and the assistant dean for student services. This official also receives, responds
to, and/or directs, visitors and communication coming in to the college.
Student assistants help officials in the College address their responsibilities.
They embody the ideals of multidimensionality and "interdisciplinarity," and help
the officials serve the students and partners of the College.
Associated Faculty Members
Faculty members associated with the Honors College belong in categories on the basis
of the courses they teach and the advising they offer to the College and its students.
They may be Honors College Section instructors; Honors-Credit-Proposal Course instructors;
assigned Honors College Student Advisors; members of the College Faculty Advisory
Board; advisors of student observations, contributions, internships or projects; and
College Faculty Fellows.
Honors College Section Instructors
These professors teach sections of courses that departments reserve for College students.
They also cover its themes and develop its skills, and are the subjects of special
agreements between the College and the departments.
Honors-Credit-Proposal Course Instructors
These instructors enter with students into agreements under which students take courses
that yield College credit because the students engage in work that meets requirements
of the College and goes beyond the work other students undertake. The instructors
and students sign the agreements, which must receive the endorsement of the associate
dean for academic affairs and the dean at the College, before the courses begin.
Designated Honors College Student Advisors
The principal manager of the advising of students in the Honors College is the Assistant
Dean for Student Services. Among other functions, this dean makes sure that students
meet its academic, observation, contribution, project and other requirements. The
assistant dean receives help from faculty members whom their departments assign the
task of advising majors in Honors.
Faculty Members of College Advisory Board
In developing, implementing, reviewing and revising Honors College policy and practice,
the Dean, Associate Dean and Assistant Dean receive help from the College Advisory
Board. The Dean nominates faculty members of this board after consulting with chairs
of their departments and/or deans of their schools or colleges.
Student Observation, Contribution/Internship and Research/Creative/Professional Project
Students in the Honors College engage in at least four activities for which they receive
academic credit: the observation of experts and/or organizations who work on imperatives
in their majors; participation in offices, agencies or organizations that cultivate
or augment the sense of local, national and global membership; internships that include
contributions to the addressing of imperatives in their majors; research/creative/professional
projects that apply or advance the understanding of the imperatives.
Students engage in the observation with the guidance of the instructor for the course
for which it is a requirement. They participate in the office, agency or organization
under the guidance of the Assistant Dean for Student Services, who may receive help
from faculty members who focus on the work of the office, agency or organization.
Their contributions in their internships are under the supervision of faculty members
in their departments, who report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. They
conduct research/creative/professional projects under the supervision of advisors
in their departments, who report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Honors College Faculty Fellows
The Dean of the College and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Research select tenured and tenure-track faculty members (assistant, associate or
full professors) for service as Honors College Fellows. These fellows will be interdisciplinary
academics who celebrate the integration of the local, national and global.
Faculty fellows normally will meet the following expectations:
1. advise organizations specific to Honors College scholars;
2. serve as academic advisors for College scholars in their departments;
3. serve as chairpersons or members of thesis committees of College scholars;
4. advise and evaluate College scholars engaging in observations, internships and/or
projects, and provide College scholars with opportunities to participate in projects
that fellows initiate;
5. advise and evaluate College scholars making voluntary contributions to various
6.organize, and help maximize the success of, College co-curricular activities (such
as lectures, workshops, presentations, seminars, competitions, "study away/abroad"
programs and student exchanges);
7.serve as academic, professional and social role models for College scholars;
8. provide College scholars with opportunities to learn from specialists in their
9. help plan and execute College fund-raising campaigns;
10. promote the College before potential students, potential benefactors, and other
The College will work with chairs to include the teaching of Honors sections of courses
in the assignments of fellows. If fellows teach the sections as overloads, the College
will compensate them at the rates the university pays for overloads in their departments.
For courses taken by students from across the university, faculty fellows develop
augmentations that lead Honors College students to earn Honors credit. The augmentations
are in agreements that the fellows and students negotiate and the dean and associate
dean for academic affairs of the College endorse. For these courses, fellows receive
no extra compensation.