Honors Faculty: Committed to Excellence

The Art and Phyllis Grindle Honors InstituteSeminole State's honors professors are respected for their excellence in teaching, ability to motivate students, and commitment to building and growing the Honors Institute. They enjoy the challenge of developing courses that include alternative teaching and learning strategies and result in creative interaction for both students and teachers.

Professor Biographies

Dr. Michael Artiaga

Dr. Michael Artiaga is a speech professor at Seminole State. In this capacity, he teaches Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate, and a Freedom of Speech Seminar.

Dr. Artiaga was a debate coach and lecturer of speech and mass communication for six years at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. He then attended the University of Kansas School of Law, where he attained his Juris Doctor in 2001, replete with a certificate in Media Law and Public Policy. Dr. Artiaga has conducted research and written legal briefs for Dines, Gross and Esquivel in Albuquerque, N.M., and served as a telecommunications attorney for Pinnacle Towers Inc. in Sarasota. He also took a leave of absence from his career in 1994 to manage the Ben Chavez for U. S. Congress campaign in New Mexico's Second Congressional District.

Dr. Artiaga has his B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the University of New Mexico, where he graduated with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Professor Samuel Gaustad

Professor Samuel Gaustad has served as a humanities professor at Seminole State since 2003. He currently teaches Renaissance and Baroque Humanities, 18th- and 19th-Century Humanities, African-American Humanities, and Arts and Culture.

Professor Gaustad received his M.A. in Theatre from the University at Albany and his B.S. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Hartwick College. He also studied piano with Lisa Kovalik at the Julliard School in New York.

Professor Gaustad has worked in various areas of music and theatre, winning awards from ACTF for sound design and musical direction. Before coming to Seminole State, he served on the faculties of Phillips Community College, University at Albany and Hartwick College. He published articles and reviews in "Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Novelists Since World War II," "The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Authors" and "Listener Magazine."

Professor Gaustad credits students' ability to learn in many different ways for motivating him to include a variety of delivery methods in his teaching. He said, "If students are to be engaged in the learning and comprehension process, it is important for them to relate ideas and concepts to society in general and their individual lives in particular."

Professor Martha T. Goshaw

Professor Martha Goshaw teaches Honors Statistics. She came to Seminole State in 2000 after teaching in Virginia for 25 years.

Professor Goshaw has a B.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia Wesleyan College (1970), an M.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia University (1974) and an Ed.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Virginia (1982). She also has completed course work for an Ed.D. in Mathematics Education. Her awards and recognitions include the Teaching Excellence Award, American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges, 2003; NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, 2002; Outstanding Teaching Award, Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association, 2002; and Who's-Who Among America's Teachers in 1996 and 1998.

Professor Goshaw enjoys the history of mathematics and exploring real-world applications of the mathematics she teaches. Professionally, she is also involved in state and national professional two-year college math organizations. She served as AMATYC secretary (1993-1999); was the organizer and charter president of the Virginia Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges; and is the  president-elect of the Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association.

"For me, teaching is an interactive activity, so I like to get my students actively involved in the learning process. Mathematics is not just a set of rules and computational skills, but a language all its own! Helping students understand and appreciate mathematics is my goal. To accomplish that goal, I am adamant about showing students how the math is used in real life."

Dr. Michael Hoover

Dr. Michael Hoover graduated cum laude from the University of Florida, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He earned his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Union Institute. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities seminarian; a Florida Political Science Association executive councilor; a Florida Film Festival selection committee member; and a Who's-Who Among America's Teachers honoree several times.

Dr. Hoover is widely published on topics ranging from politics and culture to arts and education. His writings have appeared in various academic journals, including "Asian Cinema," "Journal of Third-World Studies," "New Political Science," "Popular Music and Society," and "Science and Society." He is co-author of "City on Fire: Hong Kong Cinema"(Verso, 1999) and serves on the editorial board of the journal "New Political Science."

Professor Trent Tomengo

Professor Trent Tomengo is a Humanities instructor at Seminole State and the assistant curator of the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. He has an M.F.A. from the University of South Florida as well as a graduate certificate in Museum Studies.

Professor Tomengo's philosophy on teaching includes the notion that students must see themselves and their ideas as valid parts of the ongoing dialogue of humanities in order to have a sense of ownership and interest in the subject matter.

In his spare time, Professor Tomengo is an award-winning artist who has conducted art workshops and lectures throughout the Central Florida area. His work has been exhibited in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana and has enjoyed visibility in both public and private collections.

Other Honors Faculty Members

  • Professor Robert "Bobbie" Bell, Humanities and Languages
  • Dr. Susan Bell, Social Sciences
  • Professor Christina Bisirri, English
  • Professor Melissa Bork, Introduction to Honors
  • Professor Rachel Braaten, Humanities
  • Dr. Monica Butler, History
  • Dr. Jordan Camenker, Business Law
  • Professor Doreen Collins-McHugh, Psychology
  • Professor Laura Dickinson, Speech
  • Professor Dan Gilmartin, History
  • Professor Barbara Greenwell, Honors Selected Studies
  • Professor Marisabel Irizarry, Humanities
  • Professor Margaret Jenkins, Psychology
  • Professor John "Kevin" Jordan, English
  • Professor Katherine Kellen, English
  • Professor Deborah Mead, Physical Science
  • Dr. Jeffrey Smith, English
  • Professor Kerri Smith, Social Sciences
  • Dr. Debra Socci, Biological Science
  • Dr. William "Travis" Suits, Psychology
  • Professor Terri Walsh, Accounting and Business
  • Professor Diana Wenzel, Oceanography
  • Professor Michael McConville, History
  • Professor Michael Mendoza, English

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