Dr. Heather Honore Goltz was recognized as this 2018 recipient of the Jimmy D. Long, Sr., Louisiana Scholars’ College Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented annually to a graduate of the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University who has been extraordinarily successful in their career and also exemplified the life of public service and commitment exhibited by the late Louisiana Senator Jimmy Long.
Dr. Goltz, an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston, has a long list of accomplishments. Beyond her teaching experience and honors, she has an extensive research background particularly in support of patients with cancer and genitourinary conditions. Dr. Goltz has also been very involved in advocacy groups, not only for cancer patients but for health issues for minority groups.
Goltz earned a degree in biology with a concentration in scientific inquiry at NSU in 1997. She earned an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction-teaching with emphasis in the health sciences and M.S.W. with a mental health concentration at the University of Houston. She earned her Ph.D. in health education at Texas A & M University.