Jesup Scott Honors College

Jesup Scott Honors College Directory

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Office Location: MacKinnon Hall 2000

Phone: 419.530.6030

Fax: 419.530.6032


Mail Stop: 504


Appel Heidi M. Appel, Ph.D.
MacKinnon Hall 2000C
 Peseckis Dr. Steven M. Peseckis
Associate Dean
MacKinnon Hall 2000E
Executive Assistant
MacKinnon Hall 2000D
 McKissic Nykolas McKissic
JSHC & OUR Graduate Assistant
Scott Hall 0119



Malaika Bell, M.A.
Success Coach
Scott Hall 0129

Malaika Bell has been a Success Coach for The University of Toledo’s Jesup Scott Honors College since the birth of the initiative in the fall of 2013, and loving every moment of it. She was born in Toledo, but spent 8 years (as a child) living in Los Angeles, California. She is a two-time graduate of UT, receiving her Master’s in Sociology in 2004. Since that time, Malaika worked as an Eligibility Specialist II for Lucas County Job & Family Services, while teaching U.S. Diversity for Owens Community College.  She currently teaches Africana Studies for The University of Toledo as an adjunct instructor. Malaika has served as the faculty advisor for the Association for the Advancement of African American Women for the past 3 academic years. Her study and service abroad include travel to Belgium, France, Benin, Nigeria, and Guatemala. Malaika’s passion for improving self-confidence of young people led to the research and development of a program to increase one’s level of GRIT; the sustained passion for and persistence toward achieving long term goals. She will be implementing this pilot program as an after-school initiative for the Community HUB site; Pickett Academy. In her spare time, you can find Malaika schlepping her two beautiful daughters to their many extra-curricular activities.


Aleiah Jones, M.A.
Success Coach 
Scott Hall 0133

Aleiah Jones, M.A. is a 2013 graduate from The University of Toledo’s College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences in Sociology. She is a first generation Latina graduate who was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating she served on the administrative staff at Adelante Inc., the Latino and Community Resource Center, providing grant management and program development. Her passion for working with college students is being fulfilled in her position as a Success Coach with the Jesup Scott Honors College at UT, and while being an advisor for both the Latino Student Union and Rocket Recess. She has also enjoyed teaching at both UT and Owens Community College.  Her research interests include: religion, gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, politics and qualitative methods. Aleiah has traveled abroad serving on work teams in Chile and Nicaragua. She is actively involved in the Toledo community; serving as the President for the UT Latino Alumni Affiliate, a member of groups such as the Latino Alliance, Young Latino Professionals of Toledo and the Association of Latino Faculty and Staff as well as other social and professional groups. When she has some free time you can find her curled up reading a good book or watching a documentary.

 Josh Martin

Josh Martin, M.A.
Success Coach
Scott Hall 0127

Though relatively new to his position as a Success Coach, Josh Martin has been involved as a student, staff member, and instructor at The University of Toledo for more than a decade. His Rocket roots go back even further than that, however, as the son of a staff member whom has served UT for over 40 years. He earned a BA in Philosophy as well as a BA in Religious Studies from UT before traveling to Virginia Tech to earn his MA in Philosophy. The exchange of blue and gold for maroon and orange was only temporary, though, as Josh’s heart and mind never left the NW Ohio university that gifted him with so many rewarding experiences in and out of the classroom. While a student at UT, he enrolled in the Honors Program, studied abroad in Greece, interned with the City of Toledo, and held various student leadership positions – most notably editorial positions at The Independent Collegian. He returned to UT in 2011 to work in the Office of Marketing and Communications while teaching as an adjunct faculty member of Philosophy. Assisting students now as a Success Coach navigate all imaginable facets of the college experience is considered a great honor by this lifelong Rocket.


Gentry Willis, M.A.
Success Coach 
Scott Hall 0131

Gentry Willis, native of Toledo, Ohio, serves as a Success Coach in the Jesup Scott Honors College.  She has over 17 years’ experience in higher education working in Career Services and Admissions.  Gentry received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University and Master of Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University. 


 Armstrong Dr. Page Armstrong
Lecturer and Director, Honors Living Learning Community
MacKinnon Hall 1370
  Dr. Larry Connin
Administrative Coordinator, Associate Director of Undergraduate Research
MacKinnon Hall 1010D
 Mann Dr. Barbara Mann
Associate Professor of Humanities
MacKinnon Hall 1010A
 Pryor Dr. Ashley Pryor
Associate Professor of Humanities
MacKinnon Hall 1010C
 Sheldon Dr. Glenn Sheldon
Professor of Humanities
MacKinnon Hall 1010F

Dr. Mary Templin
Associate Lecturer
MacKinnon Hall 1010E

Last Updated: 9/19/16