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Mailing Address

College Hall, Suite 100
600 S. West St.
Arlington, TX 76019

Email and Phone

phone: 817-272-7215

Staff Directory

Elizabeth Newman, PhD

Interim Dean - Honors College

Dean - College of Liberal Arts

Headshot of Dean Elizabeth Terese Newman smiling brightly

Bio:: Elizabeth joined UTA as Dean for the College of Liberal Arts in July of 2023 and stepped into the role of Interim Dean of the Honors College in January 2024. Receiving a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University, Elizabeth is an expert in historical and environmental archaeology. Her last book, Biography of a Hacienda: Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico (University of Arizona Press 2014) draws on seven years of research in Puebla’s Valley of Atlixco and won the James Deetz Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology. Her current book project, under contract with Bloomsbury Press, will examine the global spread of foods indigenous to the Americas as part of the Press’ History in 15 series. In her spare time, Elizabeth is collaborating on a project to create an online multi-player game simulating the Spanish-Aztec War.

Tim Henry, D.D.S.

Assistant Dean

Professor of Instruction, Biology

Dr. Tim Henry, Assistant Dean

Additional Info: Dr. Henry oversees student affairs; promotes research faculty and undergraduate students internships; assists students with prestigious non-UTA fellowships; reviews science-based senior projects; advises pre-healthcare undergraduates and addresses student grievances. His duties also include Honors College assessment plans for the University Unit Effectiveness Process utilizing the Online Assessment Tracking System, and assessment of Honors College student critical thinking, analytical reasoning, written communication and problem solving. Dr. Henry represents the Honors College as a member of the Undergraduate Research Committee, the Sustainability Committee, the First Year Excellence Committee, and other academic committees. Dr. Henry has worked as a television news anchor, practice management consultant, dentist, professional musician, graphic artist and biologist. He currently teaches human anatomy and physiology, and online distance education courses at UTA.

Bobbie Brown, M.A.

AP Summer Institute, Director

Archer Fellows, Campus Coordinator

bobbie brown

Additional Info: Bobbie is the Director for the AP Summer Institute and is the campus representative for the Archer Fellowship program.

Rebekah Chojnacki, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Undergraduate Research

Rebekah Chojnacki, Honors College staff

Additional Information: Rebekah Chojnacki (pronounced hoy-NOT-skee) advises juniors, seniors, and Goolsby students in the Honors College with regard to Honors progress, the Capstone Project, and graduation. In addition to advising, Bobbie coordinates the Capstone Project Information Sessions, the Honors Research Symposium (HRS), the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, oversees Honors Credit Contracts, and serves as a liaison to the Office of Records and Registration and the University Commencement committee. She also teaches UNIV-HN 1131. Rebekah is the current president for Chapter 300 of Phi Kappa Phi.

Cheryl Gralish

Student Development Specialist II

First & Second Year Advisor

Interdisciplinary Studies Advisor

Cheryl Gralish

Additional Info: Cheryl advises all students who are new to the Honors College in their first semester to discuss Honors requirements and benefits during their initial advising session. She also meets with students during their second year in Honors to discuss progress and how the program is going for each students. Cheryl is also the academic advisor for students in the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Brandon Hoogeveen, M.Ed.

Student Development Specialist II

First & Second Year Advisor

Engineering & Science

Brandon Hoogeveen

Additional Info: Brandon advises all first and second year Honors Engineering and Science students and develops programming for residents in the Honors RLC in Vandergriff Hall. He currently serves as a staff advisor for Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

Bree Baum (she/her), M.Ed.

Coordinator II, Special Programs

Recruitment and Outreach

Bree Baum, Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

Additional Info: As the Coordinator of Recruitment and Outreach for the Honors College, Bree oversees all aspects of Honors Student Recruitment. She manages the admissions process by meeting with prospective Honors students one on one, presenting at various UTA admissions and recruitment events, inviting eligible current UTA students to apply to HC, and overseeing the admissions review process. Bree also advises the Honors Advocates, a group of elite Honors students who represent the college at events across campus and assist new and continuing Honors students through their transition into the college. Lastly, she assists in the coordination of the college's marketing and communication efforts by managing the Honors College social media accounts, and conducting Alumni Outreach to keep our Honors Mavs connected even after they graduate from the college. During the fall semester, Bree teaches a section of UNIV-HN 1131. Bree also represents the Honors College while serving on the Recruitment Coordinating Committing, Campus Visit Advisory Committee, and is the faculty advisor for Omicron Delta Kappa.

Emily Spaulding (she/her), M.S.

Coordinator II, Special Programs

Student Engagement

Emily Spaulding, Honors College Student Engagement Coordinator

Additional Info: Coordinates student events, programming, and scholarships within the Honors College. Emily advises the Honors College Council, the Honors Programming Board, and Veneratio Newsletter. Additionally, she is responsible for the Honors College scholarship review and awarding process. Lastly, Emily assists in the coordination of the college's marketing and communication efforts by managing the Honors College social media accounts, and distributing weekly "This Week in Honors" e-mail announcements to all Honors students. During the fall semester, Emily teaches a section of UNIV-HN 1131.

Mira Fakhran

Administrative Assistant II

Mira Fakhran

Jim Perry

Web Administrator II

Jim Perry

Additional Info: Jim manages course scheduling, departmental data, departmental technical and event support, DSA/ISA, the Honors College website, and internal web application development.