Seminole 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.
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.
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 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.