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Hugh BurnsDr. Hugh Burns, Professor of English & Rhetoric

Ph.D. English Education, University of Texas

M.A. English, University of Southern California

A.B. English, San Diego State University

Professor Burns designs and teaches honors study abroad courses in language, literature, and linguistics in Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain.  He especially enjoys having honors scholars write, illustrate, and share literary travelogues while learning abroad.  He loves the four language arts: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 

Professor Hugh Burns specializes in writing studies--the purposes, audiences, and techniques of how human beings communicate.  He is internationally known for his scholarship in using technology to teach.  Professor Burns continues to initiate global studies opportunities for our TWU Honors Scholars--a passion he nurtures as a retired Air Force officer, a Fulbright Scholar, and the former department chair of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages.

Professor Burns and his wife, Mary, can be spotted in the TWU indoor pool doing water aerobics or on their mountain bikes riding back and forth on Redbud Trail and beyond.  They have three daughters--the youngest being an occupational therapist who graduated from TWU in 1997.  He is not shy about telling you about his six grandchildren (4 boys, 2 girls) scattered in Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas.  Just call him "Papu."

Pat DevereauxPatricia Devereaux, Senior Lecturer

B.S. Government, Texas Woman's University

M.A. Government, Texas Woman's University

Professor Devereaux moved to Texas from Long Island, New York in December 1987 when her husband accepted a job based in Dallas. In August 1988, she enrolled at Texas Woman's University to finish an undergraduate degree begun twenty-seven years before at the College of New Rochelle in New York. Like Texas Woman's University, New Rochelle was founded to educate women and this similarity attracted her to TWU.

In 1990, she earned a B.S. in Government and enrolled in the graduate program the following semester. After she received an M.A. in Government from TWU in May 1993, she accepted an appointment as Lecturer with the History and Government faculty and recently was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Professor Devereaux teaches U.S. National Government in the Honors Program. She enjoys teaching this course because of the intellectual curiosity and energy the students devote to their academic endeavors and their involvement in campus and community activities.  She is confident that these are some of our future public policymakers.

When she is not teaching or directing the Departmental internship program, she enjoys playing golf. Since she lives on a golf course, she is constantly tempted to play a few holes when she is at home. One of the biggest adjustments she has had to make living in Texas is not living near a beach. She and her husband head for the ocean (any ocean) or Gulf whenever they have the opportunity. They also love spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Dr. Mark Hamner, Associate Professor

Ph.D., Statistics, Baylor University

M.S., Mathematics, Baylor University

B.A., Mathematics, University of Texas

Dr. Mark Hamner was born in Spain.  His father was Mexican-American and his mother is Spanish-American.  He enjoys Bayesian Statistics and his major research area is finite population predictions.  His most recent research has dealt with predictive modeling with higher education data.  He has also been working on evaluating education using statistical methods.  He has been involved in the Honors Program since 2003, teaching the Elementary Statistics course for the program.  He is also the advisor for Texas Gamma chapter Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society.  He has enjoyed the success that his undergraduate students have at both regional and national KME conferences.  The students who have won recognition at these conferences have been part of the Honors Program as well as members of KME. 

When he is not working on his research, he can be found working out at the TWU gym, playing softball in a coed recreational league, or watching football (Hook ‘Em).  He and his wife met at Baylor University where they were both studying math.  His two daughters aged 14 and 4, have him wrapped around their pinkies.  He and his 14 year old daughter love to stay up late and watch scary movies.  His 4 year old daughter is his female Mini-Me both in looks and attitude.

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