Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Staff

Dr. David D. Doyle is a white man with brown curly hair and round tortoise shell colored glasses. He wears a brown blazer, a gold bow-tie, and a light blue button up oxford shirt.

Dr. David D. Doyle, Jr.

Dean, Honors & Scholars Programs
Director, University Honors Program

Dr. David D. 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, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the American Historical Association Lesbian Gay History Newsletter
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).


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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.


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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.


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Program Specialist, Honors & Scholars Programs

Hannah Park Lee provides support to the five Honors and Scholars programs as the Program Specialist. Before joining SMU, she worked with non-profit organizations and managed leadership programs by overseeing program logistics as well as thinking through high-level strategy in creating new leadership development initiatives, such as curriculum around Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion, as well as data assessment and program evaluation. She also has extensive experience in fundraising and development and has worked with alumni, parents, community leaders, and faculty and staff. Hannah earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and graduate degree in Higher Education Leadership here at SMU. She is currently a doctoral candidate for Higher Education at the Simmons School of Education at SMU where she is researching program and curriculum creation and development. 


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Alexandra Thibeaux

Program Coordinator, Scholars' Den

Alexandra (Alex) Thibeaux returned to the Hilltop in August 2017. She was an undergraduate student at SMU from 2009-2013 and was an active member of the University Honors Program as well as a student athlete on the rowing team. 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. She is currently a candidate for a Master's of Science in Data Science at SMU. As Program Coordinator, she coordinates the Hilltop Scholars Program, Mustang Scholars Program, President's Scholars Program, University Honors Program, as well as the Hyer Society.

When not working or studying, Alex enjoys playing rugby for the Dallas Harlequins Women's Rugby Team, spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, and telling her German Shepherd, Gatsby, what a good boy he is.