Texas Tech University

Leadership

Jon Crider, Ph.D.

Director

Jon Crider returns to Texas Tech University as the new Director of the McNair Scholars Program. He most recently held the same position at Knox College in Illinois. Jon is a native of Rockwall, Texas, earning his Bachelor's at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, his Master's at Texas Tech University, and his Ph.D. in History at Temple University in Philadelphia. His dissertation is titled, "Printing Politics: The Emergence of Political Parties in Florida, 1821-1861," examining the influence of newspapers on party formation. He comes to Lubbock with his lovely wife, four kids, a fish, a snail, and a mouse. Dr. Crider's main goal is to provide more opportunities for the Scholars to excel in research, in graduate school admittance, and by result raise the profile of McNair Scholars on campus.

 

Trish Phillips, M.A., M.F.A.

Program Coordinator

Trish Phillips is currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Research Program at Texas Tech University. Her dissertation focuses on Black veterans and their transition from the military to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Trish was a Thurgood Marshall Fellow at Western Michigan University, where she earned both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) and a Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

As a former McNair Scholar from Grand Valley State University, Trish is honored to be in a position where she is able to make an impact and serve future McNair Scholars. The McNair Scholars Program has played a critical role in preparing and guiding her through all her academic endeavors.

Advisory Council 

  • Chair: Rich Rice, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Director for Technical Communication and Rhetoric, TTU
  • Dave Louis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Higher Education, TTU
  • Julie Isom, Associate Director of Research, Center for the Integration of STEM Education & Research (CISER), TTU
  • Levi Johnson, M.S., Director for Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE), TTU
  • Cory Powell, Director for the Office of Institutional Diversity, TTU
  • Ken Griffith, Ph.D., Program Administrator for Teaching, Learning, and Development Center, TTU
  • Marcus Graham, M.Ed., Director for TRIO Student Support Services, TTU

McNair Scholars Program