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Honors Faculty

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 Master’s 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 inReviews 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, “Sex 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, Associate Director of the University Honors Program and Associate Director of the Dedman Scholars Program 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.


Susan Harris
Honors Academic Advisor

Susan Harris joined the University Advising Center in August of 2013.  She has been teaching as an Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 2003.  Prior to coming to Dallas, she was an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University, a visiting Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.  Susan earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas (and remains a faithful Jayhawk to this day!) and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

During her time at SMU, Dr. Harris has been honored with the Extra Mile Award for excellence in teaching students with learning disabilities, as a HOPE honoree for professors who “have made a significant impact to student academic education both inside and outside of the classroom” and has received awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching in the Department of Psychology. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  They are all avid runners and enjoy playing, or at least watching, soccer.  Susan loves to read, play tennis and follow Kansas Basketball.


Micah Oxner
Honors Office Coordinator

Micah Oxner, born and raised in Memphis, TN, is currently a second year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Health Sciences. She has been a member of the UHP since Fall 2016 and assumed the role of Office Coordinator in Fall 2017.

Through the honors program she has taken an trip to New York to study art and has also learned about ancient Indian civilizations while exploring the Indian culture right here in    



In her spare time, Micah enjoys embroidery, drawing, baking, and petting dogs.



Where to Find Us:

The Honors Program Office is located in the General Education Office, on the bottom floor of Clements Hall (room G02).