Staff

Dr. Kevin Dodson, Dean

Dr. Kevin Dodson was named the Founding Dean of the Reaud Honors College in 2014.  Dr. Dodson has taught philosophy at Lamar University since 1991 and now holds the rank of Professor.  He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Washington in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991.  Dr. Dodson’s scholarship has focused on the history of modern philosophy, moral and political theory, and the philosophy of history and has received support for his work from the German Academic Exchange Service and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Dr. Dodson has published numerous articles and is a coeditor of the Online Encyclopedia of Enlightenment and Revolution and senior editor of Ways of Knowing:  Classical and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Knowledge (Kendall/Hunt).  He has served as an officer in several proessional organizations.  Dr. Dodson has been involved in honors education at Lamar since 1992, when began teaching honors courses in philosophy.  He was appointed Assistant Director of the University's Honors Program in 2004 and Director in 2008.

Andrew Strange, Graduation Counselor

In November 2017, Andrew Strange joined us as the College Graduation Counselor.  Mr. Strange graduated from Lamar University in 2013 and continued his education by earning a Masters of Arts degree in sociology from University of Houston in 2016, completing a thesis focused on US media framing of Russian artistic-political social movements. He also teaches intro to sociology at Lamar University. 

Kim Vizena, Executive Assistant

Reaud Honors College Executive Assistant Kim Vizena is the mainstay of our office. Mrs. Vizena joined the Honors College staff in June 2006.

Dr. Tilisa Thibodeaux, Director of Digital Literacy

Tilisa Thibodeaux is an Assistant Professor in the Digital Learning and Leading (DLL) Master’s Program and Director of Digital Literacy of the Reaud Honors College at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Her experience has been in the public education system in Florida and Texas for over 11 years serving as an elementary teacher, district interventionist and coach, a campus academic coach, and a digital learning coach. Dr. Thibodeaux has a B.S. in Elementary Education, an M. Ed. in Special Education, and an Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education & Educational Leadership. Dr. Thibodeaux helps educators, administrators, and corporate use technology innovation as a catalyst for change within their organizations by setting up significant learning environments that give learners choice, ownership, and voice through authentic learning opportunities. Dr. Thibodeaux is the international practices and pedagogies SIG lead for the Association of Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning ePortfolio group, is the co-developer of the CSLE+COVA Professional Learning Framework, scholarship board member for the Texas Distance Learning Association,  and is co-author of Learner’s Mindset Discussions videocasts. Since 2015, Dr. Thibodeaux has conducted 51 professional learning experiences with educators all over the world that include academic workshops, faculty retreats, keynotes, and presentations. She has written 23 published works including journal articles, book chapters, a book, and informal publications around ePortfolios and the CSLE+COVA PL framework and currently serves as an associate editor and reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.