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The Honors Program Office is located in the General Education Office, on the bottom floor of Clements Hall (room G02) on Dyer Street, close to the heart of the University.

To meet with the Director, Associate Director, or current Honors students or to visit an Honors class, please email Honors Director Dr. David Doyle at


University Honors Program Staff



David D. Doyle, Jr.



Dr. Doyle was raised in northern New Hampshire and graduated from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire with a degree in History.  A Masterís Degree in American History followed from New York University.  Working with historians Martin Duberman, David Nasaw, and Randolph Trumbach, Dr. Doyle completed the Ph.D. in American History from the City University of New York.  His fields of interest within American History are the study of gender and sexuality and he is currently at work on a book examining male sexuality in late nineteenth century New York and New England.  He has published reviews and articles in Reviews in American History, and The Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the American Historical Association Lesbian & Gay History Newsletter.

Dr. Doyle teaches both sections of the U.S. History survey and an interdisciplinary Cultural Formations course, ďSex in America: An Introduction", which has readings in American history, anthropology, literary criticism, biology, and psychology.  Dr. Doyle is the recipient of two of the highest awards at SMU: the Rotunda Outstanding Faculty award ('05-'06) and the "M" Award ('06-'07).


Sally Spaniolo
Associate Director

Sally Spaniolo grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She claims her interest in the study of history and political science developed from living in an area steeped in history and politics.  Pursuing these interests, she completed a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science and a M.A. in History from Michigan State University. As an undergraduate she was a member of the MSU Honors College and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Before coming to SMU and joining the Dedman College Advising Center and the University Honors Program as the Honors Academic Advisor, Ms. Spaniolo served for seven years as an Academic Advisor in the Michigan State University Honors College.  She has also held positions in university advancement at the University of Texas at Arlington and in university personnel at the University of Michigan. 

Appointed in 2010 as Associate Director of the University Honors Program and the Dedman College Scholars Program, Ms. Spaniolo serves to cultivate programs and events that will foster a community of scholars within Dedman College and the university.

In addition to being a passionate collegiate sports fan, she loves to travel, read and cook for family and friends.


Rick Garza
Honors Advisor


Rick Garza joined SMUís University Honors Program as the Honors Advisor in January 2011.  Previously, Rick was an Academic Advisor at UT Arlington, where he advised undeclared and at-risk undergraduate students.   During his graduate and legal education, Rick also gained valuable experience within higher education including positions in Student Life, Campus Diversity, Career Services, and Legal Affairs.  Rickís academic interests include studentsí rights, race and gender in higher education policy, and academic freedom.
While he has no immediate plans for any further schooling, Rick has begun engaging the post-9/11 American novel, and may (or may not) pursue that interest in a more formal setting.  In the meantime, Rick will enjoy spending time with his wife, listening to local live music, and rooting for the San Antonio Spurs.
Rick has earned a BA in English from UT Arlington, an MA in Higher Education Policy and Administration from Columbia University, and a JD from Albany Law School.


Hayley Wagner
Honors Coordinator

Hayley Wagner is a senior majoring in Anthropology, French, and Human Rights from Aurora, Colorado.

As Honors Coordinator, Hayley helps with special event planning, the common reading discussion, the mentoring program, online and other media, course evaluations, and serves on the Honors Advisory Council.

Hayley is co-president of the Anthropology Club, a member of the Engaged Learning Student Panel, the Scholars' Den Council, and the Embrey Human Rights Program Student Leadership Initiative.  She is currently doing an Engaged Learning research project with a group of Congolese refugees in Hurst, and is working on a report concerning immigrant health care in Texas.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Medical Anthropology.


Sorsha Huff
Honors R.A.


Sorsha Huff is a sophomore majoring in International Studies and Anthropology from Austin, Texas.

As the Honors Resident Assistant, Sorsha serves as the bridge between the Honors Program and residence life in Virginia-Snider, the Honors Community, by pushing student involvement in the Honors Program beyond the classroom.

Sorsha is the president of SMU's Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the secretary of Anthropology Club. She is also a Dedman College Scholar and a member of the Dedman Dean Student Advisory Council. She is currently preparing to go on a Student Leadership Initiative trip to El Salvador in January where she will study and work with human rights projects. When she graduates she hopes to attend law school to study international law.


Tess Griesedieck

Media Coordinator, Hilltopics Editor-in-Chief