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King Hall D1045
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Telephone: (323) 343-5969
FAX: (323) 343-5966
Administration and Staff
Michelle Hawley, Ph.D
Director, Honors College
As Director of the Honors College, Dr. Hawley is responsible for developing strategies to enhance CSULA's reputation for recruiting outstanding students and supporting them. She works with the Honors College Advisory committee to develop Honors College goals and objectives and plans for evaluation and assessment. She participates in external fundraising, coordinating and assessing effective curriculum, and oversees the Early Entrance Program, the President's Scholars, and other Honors College scholarships. Hawley also coordinates with the University's colleges and other units to advance programs that support academic excellence.
Prior to this position, she has been a Professor in the College of Arts and Letters' English Department since 1999. She has taught a wide range of courses in Victorian literature, children's literature, and cultural studies. Hawley has produced dozens of publications and presentations related to her teaching and interests. She has also served as director of Service Learning and Community Engagement and director of Students Learning in Communities.
Trinh Pham, Ph.D
Associate Director, Honors College
Dr. Pham graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and joined the Mechanical Engineering department at CSULA in 2007. She was the Director of the Professional Practice Program for over three years, developing and implementing an industry-sponsored capstone program for the ECST College. She co-wrote and was awarded two $5 million grants, one to support aerospace research, and another to support research in energy and sustainability. Her experience in research extends from working with middle school students through doctoral students, with her own projects focusing on characterizing combustion processes and pollutant emissions from aircraft using optical visualization methods and laser diagnostics. Dr. Pham has extensive experience with and an immense passion for student projects and organizations, having started a Formula-One-style race team at CSULA, and having advised a number of other student-run projects as well as four student organizations. She was a dedicated professor, and has won four Faculty of the Year awards in Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Pham joined the Honors College in September 2013, and is serving as Associate Director. Having been a product of accelerated education in primary and secondary school, she highly values and understands the need to provide gifted students with the mechanism to thrive in a challenging academic environment, surrounded by like-minded peers and mentors. She works closely with Dr. Hawley to promote academic excellence, which requires that students be supported through mentoring, financial assistance, and opportunities to participate in innovative research. Specifically, Dr. Pham will oversee Honors admissions, recruitment, advisement, theses, and national and international scholarships. She is proud to be a part of the Honors College family.
Richard Maddox, Ed.D
Director, Early Entrance Program
Richard Maddox is the Director and principal advisor for the Early Entrance Program. He has 20 years of experience working with highly gifted early entrants and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from USC. His research centers on the importance of engagement, motivation and self-regulation in student achievement and on the important roles played by peers, parents, faculty in the development of gifted adolescents into involved citizens and scholars.
Advisor & Coordinator for National and International Scholarships and Honors
Cassidy Zimmerman is the Advisor & Coordinator for National and International Scholarships and Honors theses. Ms. Zimmerman joined the Honors College in October of 2013. She assists students interested in applying for prestigious national and international scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Marshall, Churchhill, Gates, Beinecke, and more. She will also support students with their Honors theses. Ms. Zimmerman graduated with a BA in English from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and is currently completing her MA in Humanities from Mount St. Mary's College. Prior to the Honors College, Ms. Zimmerman served as the West Coast Talent Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Having worked in gifted education, Ms. Zimmerman has witnessed how scholarships can change lives. She firmly believes students should have access to as many scholarship opportunities as possible.
Maria is the Program Coordinator/ASC for the Honors College. She has 10 years experience coordinating programs for students in a variety of settings. Maria earned a Bachelor's of Art in Sociology and a Master's of Science degree in Counseling from Cal State L.A. Maria enjoys seeing the development and high quality results of projects/events completed from beginning to end. She works closely with the Director and staff of the Honors College to make sure all operations and projects are scheduled, planned, and implemented effectively. Maria's duties include scheduling classes and room assignments, tracking and projecting budgets, coordinating Honors field trips; organizing special events including Honors Preview Day, Honors Orientation, and Honors lectures and teas, and more...
Program Assistant, Early Entrance Program
Isabelle is the Program Assistant for EEP and oversees the day-to-day operations of the office. She coordinates all events for the program, including the biannual (SEAA) Search for Exceptional Academic Achievement talent search program. Isabelle has been a part of Cal State L.A. for 4 years, and joined the EEP and Honors College in April 2011. In the spirit of growth and success within her person and the program, Isabelle is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Administration at Cal State L.A.
Peng-Yi (Sharon) Zhu
Honors Student Assistant
Sharon is the student assistant for the Honors College. An Honors student majoring in Biochemistry, Sharon is the President of the Academic Honors Association (AHA!). In her capacity as Honors student assistant, Sharon works closely with the Director and the staff in the office. She assists with day-to-day operations of the Honors College as well as with events, recruitment, Honors Ambassadors, flyers, social media, and much more.