Dean's Office

Dr. Steven Craig

Interim Dean
Professor, Economics
(713) 743-3812
202 McElhinney Hall

Associate Dean Dr. Dr. Steven Craig Dr. Steven Craig is the Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and professor of Economics, specializes in studying the economic behavior of state and local governments. He received his A.B. from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His extensive published work includes empirical studies of how state and local governments respond to financial incentives from higher level governments (federalism), as well as specialized studies of low income assistance policies including AFDC/TANF, Food Stamps, and Medicaid. His recent work is focused on whether and how state governments are good vehicles for managing savings accounts, primarily using the management of the Unemployment insurance system as the evidence. Dr. Craig was instrumental at crafting the initial by-laws when CLASS was created, and was the chair of its first promotion and tenure committee. He served in the UH Faculty Senate, and became its President. His duties as Associate Dean include managing the promotion and tenure process, and enhancing the College’s research efforts.

Dr. Sarah Fishman

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Professor, History
(713) 743-3098
402D Agnes Arnold Hall

Associate Dean Dr. Sarah FishmanDr. Fishman, Professor of History, specializes in Modern French history, focusing on twentieth-century social and gender history in the years around World War II. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1979 and her Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1987. She has published several books including, “We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War 1940-1945,” and “The Battle for Children: World War II, Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth-Century France.”  Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Undergraduate Director in the UH Department of History. As Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, she works with faculty and students on curriculum and policy issues for the college, as well as on undergraduate grievances and academic honesty.

Dr. Catherine Patterson

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor, History
(713) 743-3110
402L Agnes Arnold Hall

Associate Dean Dr. Catherine PattersonDr. Patterson is an associate professor of history specializing in early modern British and urban history. Professor Patterson received her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary in 1986 and her Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1994. She teaches early-modern British and European history. She has published "Urban Patronage in Early Modern England: Corporate Boroughs, the Landed Elite, and the Crown in England, 1580-1640", as well as numerous articles. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department. She has also chaired the College’s Faculty Governance and Advisory Committee.

Dr. Anadeli Bencomo

Associate Dean of Faculty and Research
Professor, Hispanic Studies
(713) 743-3068
422 Agnes Arnold Hall

Associate Dean Dr. Anadeli BencomoProfessor Bencomo has served as Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies (2010-2013), as UH Senate representative (2007-2010), and as Graduate Director (2004-2007). She was also a founding faculty and member of the Board of Directors of the UH Center for Teaching Excellence (, and she is a recipient of the 2011 UH Teaching Excellence Award. Bencomo received her MA in Latin American Literature from the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela) in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999.

Janie Graham

Director of Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs
(713) 743-4001
320 Agnes Arnold Hall

Director of Academic Affairs - Janie GrahamJanie Graham is the Director of Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth and Human Services from Salem-Teikyo University where she also earned her certificate in American Humanics (now known as Nonprofit Leadership Alliance).  She has been with the University of Houston since 1999.  Prior to joining the University of Houston, she served as the Dean for an all girls private high school in San Antonio.

Dr. Amy O'Neal

Director of Assessment and Accreditation Services
Office of Assessment and Accreditation Services
(713) 743-8735
320 Agnes Arnold Hall

Director of Assessment and Accreditation Services - Amy O'NealDr. Amy O'Neal earned her bachelor's in history from Texas A&M University and her master's and doctorate in history from the University of Houston. Her research focuses on medieval history specifically Norman and Anglo-Norman women in 10th-12th century England and France. She teaches history and has worked in UH's Department of History and the Women's Studies Program. As director of Assessment and Accreditation Services, Dr. O'Neal coordinates assessment initiatives within the college, provides faculty and staff support for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Institutional Effectiveness Plans (IEPs), and collects and analyzes data for the college.

Andrea Short

Director of Budgets & Administration
(713) 743-2988
402 Agnes Arnold Hall

Director of Budgets & AdministrationAndrea Short is the director of budgets and administration. In that capacity, she supervises the budgetary and administrative operations of the college. She also retains the duties of managing the human resources and payroll functions of the college in her role as College Business Administrator. Andrea is a second-generation alumna of the University of Houston, having earned her bachelor of science degree in political science. She joined the UH staff in 1999.  Prior to her work in the Dean’s Office, Andrea was employed as a business administrator in the college’s departments of English and Modern & Classical Languages.

Shannon Buggs

Director of Communication
(713) 743-1916
402J Agnes Arnold Hall

Associate Dean Dr. Catherine PattersonShannon Buggs is the director of communication for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. A native Houstonian, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. Her master’s degree in journalism is from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her certificate in personal financial planning is from the University of Houston. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, Shannon worked for more than 15 years as a reporter and columnist for newspapers in Houston, Dallas and Raleigh, North Carolina and as a featured financial news commentator on national and local television and radio programs.

Dr. Linda Davis

Director of Educational Technology
Office of Educational Technology
(713) 743-3688
333 McElhinney Hall

Director of Educational Technology Dr. Linda DavisDr. Davis is Director of Educational Technology for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Governors State University. Her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education is from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Director of Staff Development and Instructional Technology Facilitator for Kirby School District in Illinois and taught online courses for University of Northern Iowa.

Frank Houston

College Information Systems Manager
CLASS Information Services
(713) 743-4003
304 McElhinney Hall

College Information Systems Manager - Frank HoustonFrank Houston is the College Information Services Manager and Information Security Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Science in Management with a focus on Information Security. Prior to joining the University of Houston, he served as Director of Information Technology for a major medical management corporation in south Florida.

Angela Clifton

Research Liaison Officer
402 Agnes Arnold Hall