Honors Faculty

Nancy DiMarco, PhD

Honors Course Taught: Introduction to Nutrition

  • PhD Nutritional Physiology, Iowa State University
  • MS Biochemistry, Iowa State University
  • BA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado

Dr. Nancy DiMarco is an educator truly dedicated to her field and to TWU. Out of her thirty-two years of teaching, all of them have been spent at Texas Woman’s University. Born and raised in Boulder, CO, after getting her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, Dr. DiMarco moved on to Iowa State University where she earned a Masters in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Physiology. She is a licensed dietician and specialist in sports dietetics and sports medicine, being named the inaugural director of Sports Dietetics-USA from 2004-2007, receiving the Texas Dietetic Association’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2007, and being a Chancellor’s Research Fellow at TWU from 2005-2010. She has had her researched featured on the cover of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2013, and her self-proclaimed magnum opus titled, “Modified activity-stress paradigm in an animal model of the female athlete triad” was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2007 after she spent nearly ten years working on it.  

In her spare time, you may find Dr. DiMarco watching her favorite TV show NCIS, gardening, playing the piano, getting in a Crossfit workout, or vacationing in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She and her husband Dennis (who has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry) have three children, two grandchildren, three cats, and two parrots, Congo and Baby. Her favorite quotation is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” –Philippians 4:13. When asked what she loves about teaching honors students, her response was: “I love that they are engaged, interesting, don’t have to be spoon-fed, inquisitive, and most of all high-achieving. They inspire me to do a better job, to be more engaged, to know more and work harder because they do.” Her advice to students is: “Accept responsibility for yourself in all the dimensions of wellness. . .You and only you determine the choices you make, so they need to be ones that help and cause you to. . . [become] a better person today than you were yesterday.”

Lybeth Hodges, PhD

Honors Courses Taught: U.S. History and World Civilization

  • PhD History, Texas Tech
  • MA History, Texas Woman’s University
  • BA History, University of North Texas

Dr. Lybeth Hodges has her dream job. When asked what she would be doing if she weren’t teaching, her answer was: “No idea! . . . Probably wishing I were teaching!” This dedication shines through in her extensive teaching history. She has been teaching in college for thirty-five years and has been teaching at TWU for twenty-five years. There are many reasons Dr. Hodges enjoys teaching honors students. In her words, “They are always enthusiastic, usually humorous, and genuinely committed to doing what’s necessary to succeed.” Perhaps it is because of Dr. Hodges’ dedication to teaching honors students that she was named “Outstanding Honors Faculty Member”. All of her professional awards relate to teaching.

It’s not surprising that in her free time Dr. Hodges likes reading history books, but it may be surprising to find out that she also enjoys rodeo (especially bull riding), mystery novels, TV cop dramas, and a Top Twenty VH1 show on Saturday mornings—recorded, so she can skip through songs she doesn't like. Dr. Hodges and her husband have two daughters, two rabbits, and five guinea pigs. Her favorite vacation spot is a place she and her sisters have in Alto, NM. One of her favorite quotations is from astronaut Buzz Aldrin. She explains the situation and her response: “Just before he left for the moon, he was asked what he’d do if the engine broke down and he had one hour ‘till crash and burn. He replied, ‘I’d work on the engine.’ Is that not great? I think when people are faced with serious problems they should follow Buzz’s advice.” Speaking of advice, Dr. Hodges has some wisdom of her own to share with honors students: “Study what you love; jobs will work out later. In the so-true words of Semisonic, ‘Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end’; don’t get too down when something you want doesn’t work out.”

Gladys Keeton, M.Ed

Honors Course Taught: Dance and Globalization, DNCE 2143

  • MEd Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Northwestern State University – Louisiana
  • BS Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Northwestern State University – Louisiana
  • BS Elementary Education, Northwestern State University – Louisiana

Gladys Keeton never intended to teach at a collegiate level. Her entrance into college teaching happened due to a professor’s recommendation of her for a university position at Memphis State University. Fast-forward a few years and Professor Keeton is now approaching her fiftieth year of teaching—forty-five of those years being spent here at TWU. She is a recipient of the Larry White Dance Educator Award, the TWU Dance Golden Wrench Recognition Award, and the Brace Award, which is the highest award from the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She is also in the Texas Dance Educators Association’s Hall of Fame.

In her free time Gladys enjoys social dance, and when she has time for a vacation, you can find her at the beach. She has another social outlet that may be a bit of a surprise. According to her, there is: “Not enough drama in my life—I have to watch 'Days of Our Lives' every so often to make sure that I know my life is wonderful. How can any family have so much happen to them?” In her own family, Professor Keeton has one son, two daughters, four grandchildren, and two dogs. She encourages students to be themselves and to enjoy learning; she loves teaching honors students because: “They are able to apply [and] connect knowledge to the real world and think outside of the box.”

Jennifer Wilson, MSN

Honors Course Taught: The Joy of Capstones

  • MSN Oncology, George Mason University
  • BSN Nursing, University of Maryland

Jennifer Wilson has been a part of the TWU nursing program faculty for nine years; she is an Oncology Clinical Specialist, researcher, educator, and serves as both coordinator and mentor for the honors program nursing students at the TWU Dallas campus. When asked what she finds rewarding about teaching honors students, she responded: “Helping students realize that their potential is greater than they can imagine and helping them realize the countless opportunities that await them in the nursing/medical profession.” With such a positive outlook, it’s no surprise that Prof. Wilson has received the TWU College of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence in Service and the TWU Redbud Award for Faculty Champion. Her favorite quotation comes from Leo Buscaglia: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the power to turn a life around.”

Professor Wilson says that if she ever has an abundance of free time, she would like to spend it running marathons, vacationing in the mountains, knitting, needlepointing, and playing Words with Friends. She and her husband Tom have two children, one cat, and at any given time may be found with extra cats as Prof. Wilson fosters kittens for a local pet rescue agency. Aside from advising students to go to graduate school before having children, Prof. Wilson’s advice to students is: “Let life unfold the way it’s meant to—accept when things don’t always go the way you plan for them to, because it usually is for the best.”

Jennifer Danley-Scott, PhD, Visiting Faculty

Honors Course Taught: Texas Government

  • PhD Political Science, University of California, Riverside
  • MPS Political Science, University of California, Riverside
  • BS Political Science, University of Southern California

A California native, born in La Verne, Dr. Jennifer Danley-Scott is a visiting faculty member at Texas Woman’s University. Bringing her nearly twelve years of teaching experience to TWU, Dr. Danley-Scott has been at TWU teaching Texas Government since 2011. When asked who motivated her to become a professor, Dr. Danley-Scott gave two examples: “As an undergraduate, I had an amazing constitutional law professor; his love of the subject made material approachable and fascinating. As a graduate student, I was a teaching assistant for my dissertation adviser; his dynamic lecturing style made him effective. . .even in large classes. Both of these faculty [members] inspired me to become a professor and teach general education courses.”

Dr. Danley-Scott has two sons, and in her free time she enjoys volunteering at their schools or relaxing at home watching Top Chef. If she hadn’t become a professor, she may instead be found writing fiction at one of her favorite vacation destinations, Mont Saint-Michel, France. When asked what her best piece of advice for students is, she said: “Try to take more than one class with a professor in your field so that he can get to know you. When students take more than one class with me, I am able to write much better recommendation letters and I pass [the students] information on scholarship and internship opportunities that will fit their interests.” 

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