Faculty and Staff

Dr. David D. Doyle, Jr.
Dean, Honors & Scholars Programs
Director, University Honors Program

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 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 Ways of Knowing 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).

Dr. Brandon Gray Miller
Assistant Dean for University Honors Program and Fellowships

Dr. Miller, Assistant Dean of the University Honors Program and Fellowships, grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University with degrees in History and Journalism. He then completed a Ph.D. in Russian and East-Central European History at Michigan State University.  Dr. Miller currently is at work on a book exploring gender, material culture, and everyday life in the final Soviet decades.

Since arriving at SMU in 2013, he has taught a variety of European history courses including “Surviving Fascism & Communism in East-Central Europe,” “WWII in Europe,” and the second half of the Western Civilization survey.

When away from campus, he enjoys keeping up with contemporary Russian literature and spending time in Far West Texas.

Dr. Susan Harris
Honors Academic Advisor

Dr. 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.

Alexandra Thibeaux
Program Coordinator, Scholar's Den

Alexandra Thibeaux returned to the Honors Program in August 2017. She was a student at SMU from 2009-2013 and was an active member of the UHP community as well as a student athlete on the rowing team. She took 10 honors courses while here, including a Richter fellowship in Taos, NM in the summer of 2011 and the travel courses to Paris in the summer of 2012. Her closest friends in college were fellow students in the Honors program and residents of the SMU Service House. After graduating from SMU, Alex taught elementary school in Dallas for 4 years and earned her M.Ed in Special Education from the University of North Texas in 2017. Alex taught pre-school, first grade, and K-5 special education.

When not working or studying, Alex enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending Meadows events and Dedman lectures, trying out new recipes in her kitchen, listening to music, and telling her German Shepherd, Gatsby, what a good boi he is. As Program Coordinator, she also coordinates the President's Scholars Program, Hunt Scholars Program, Hilltop Scholars Program, and the Hyer Society.