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. 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. 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.
Professor 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 (http://cte.uh.edu/), 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.
Toni Mooney Smith is the Director of Communication for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She graduated from the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and received a Master of Science in Communication degree from Northwestern University. She has successfully secured major communication, marketing and press opportunities with global and national media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, Univision, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and various print and trade publications. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she served in director-level roles in communications, marketing, and public affairs in academia, healthcare, and government. She is recognized as an elite member of the distinguished 1,000 Point Club based on her basketball achievements with the Lady Coogs.
Janie 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 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.
Executive Director, College Business Operations
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Dr. 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 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.
Research Liaison Officer
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Angela Clifton is the Research Liaison Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. She has been with the University of Houston since 2001. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she was a school teacher.