Honors College Staff

Dr. John Chuchiak, Honors College Director

Dr. John F. Chuchiak, IV

Director and 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

Scott Handley

Assistant Director and 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.

Casondra Prock

Casondra Prock

Administrative Assistant III

Cassie earned a B.S. in Historic Preservation and a B.A. in History with a minor in Archaeology at Southeast Missouri State University. She graduated with academic distinction in the Department of History and Anthropology and as an honors scholar in the Jane Stephens Honors Program. Her academic interests include counterculture history, historic North American human/civil rights movements, historic architecture, forensic anthropology, and pre-contact archaeology. Cassie is an anime/manga enthusiast and enjoys painting, embroidering clothing, and frequenting local coffee shops. 

Cassie assists students in navigating Missouri State University policies and procedures and is a valuable liaison to a range of administrative offices. She advises students on Honors College activities and opportunities, as well as schedules advising meetings with members of the Honors College staff.

Emma Bishop

Emma Bishop

Academic Advisor and Managing Editor of LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research

Emma Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Honors College in May 2021. She also had minors in French and Technical Writing. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in English. She hopes to start her career in editing or publishing after she receives her Master's. Emma's favorite area of study is British literature, specifically early British literature such as Chaucer and queer studies of Victorian literature. Emily Brontë is a particular favorite of hers.

Emma 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 adviser. Students are encouraged to contact Emma for assistance with becoming involved in or submitting to LOGOS, selecting majors/minors, registering for classes, exploring departmental distinction, or preparing for graduate studies. Any other questions about matters pertaining to academic studies are also welcome.