Dr. John F. Chuchiak, IV, Director & Professor of Colonial Latin American History
Dr. Chuchiak is a specialist on colonial Latin American history with a research emphasis on the history of Mexico and Maya ethnohistory. He teaches a variety of history courses, ranging from introductory courses on Western and world civilizations, upper level undergraduate courses on Latin American civilization and pre-Columbian cultures, and graduate courses on the history of Mexico, Mesoamerican ethnohistory, and the history of the Inquisition in Spain and the New World.
Dr. Chuchiak's general research focuses on the history of the colonial church in México with a special emphasis on the Franciscan Missions, the Inquisition and the Catholic Church in colonial Yucatán. His most recent publications have examined the contact and colonial transformation of the indigenous cultures of México, most notably the Maya of Yucatan. He is especially interested in researching the realms of Christian mission history, religion, ethnic conflict, gender and social change in the wider Atlantic world.
Dr. Chuchiak has served as Director of the Honors College since 2011.
Scott Handley, Assistant Director & Coordinator of the University Fellowships Office
Scott earned a B.A. in History from the Honors College at Texas Tech University in 1997 and an M.A. in German & European Studies from Georgetown University in 2000. His academic interests include 19th & 20th century European history, German politics, and political integration within the European Union. He has lived and traveled in Europe and the Middle East.
Scott serves as the primary academic advisor for all undeclared students in the Honors College. He assists students with all aspects of academic planning, including progress towards graduation, major selection, course registration, and preparation for graduate study. He also advises students on competitive national scholarships and fellowship opportunities.
Scott has served as Assistant Director since 2010. He was certified as a Master Advisor in August of that year.
Hanna graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Honors College in May 2014. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Writing, with the goal of working professionally in publications after her graduation in May 2016.
Hanna plays several roles within the Honors College, including managing the production of LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research and overseeing Honors College communications. Her most important role is serving as a student advisor. Students are encouraged to contact Hanna for assistance on selecting majors/minors, registering for classes, exploring departmental distinction, preparing for graduate study, or for assistance on any matter pertaining to their academic studies.
Hanna was certified as a Master Advisor in 2014.
Janelle Melton, Program Administrator
Janelle has served as the Honors College Program Administrator since 2009. She assists students in navigating Missouri State University policies and procedures and is a valuable liaison to a range of administrative offices. Janelle advises students on Honors College activities and opportunities, as well as schedules advising meetings with members of the Honors College staff. She is an active member of the Horticulture Club, with a special interest in hostas. She is also a veteran of the Springfield chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Janelle completed the University Ambassadors Program in 2012. She will serve as a Missouri State University Staff Senator from 2013-2016.
She has been certified as a Master Advisor since 2006.