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The University of Houston College of Education is seeking applicants for faculty positions in the areas of early childhood education, special populations, health/health disparities and school psychology/human development and family studies. As part of a Carnegie-designated Tier One research institution in the nation’s most diverse city, the College is committed to our mission to end inequities in education and health. Join us!

— Posted Oct. 19, 2021

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These positions are slated to start in fall 2022.

*The tenure-track health position is part of UH’s Presidential Frontier Faculty initiative, a university-wide interdisciplinary hiring campaign.

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MEET PROGRAM FACULTY

  • Human Development & Family Studies

    Toya Conston Toya Conston, Ph.D.
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    Program Director, B.S./B.A. in HDFS
    Research/Teaching Interests: My teaching interests include Internship in Human Development and Family Studies and Educational Psychology. My current research interests explore the intersectionality of educational psychology and mentorship programs. My current work focuses on preparing HDFS majors for careers after graduation and leading the HDFS program toward our strategic goals.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? When I arrived at UH as a graduate student in the College of Education, I was able to see the diversity UH had to offer and to become part of its bold vision. I have truly felt a sense of belonging to the University, and this is what I have enjoyed the most. The diversity UH has to offer coupled with my experiences of living in Third Ward made me love all things Houston. It has become a place where I can flourish, prosper and live my best life.
    jdunsmore.jpg Julie Dunsmore , Ph.D.
    Professor, Human Development and Family Studies (primary)/School Psychology (secondary)
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research examines what children learn about emotions from important people in their lives; what patterns of emotional communication promote social and emotional skills, positive relationships with friends and family, and healthy outcomes; and what’s similar or different about all of this across contexts. I enjoy providing research experiences for undergraduates. I mentor graduate students through my joint affiliation with School Psychology.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I was drawn to UH because of the commitment to multidisciplinary research aimed at reducing health and educational disparities, inclusive teaching and mentoring to promote student success, and partnership with the local community. There’s so much to appreciate here — the food for sure, so many museums and other cultural experiences, the beach being just a quick drive away, and simply hearing multiple languages while going about daily life.
    Leslie Frankel

    Leslie Frankel, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research interests are focused on parent-child relationships and their impact on early child development. Specifically, my recent research has examined children’s ability to self-regulate in general, as well as in the context of eating, with a particular emphasis on parents’ role in the development of their children’s self-regulatory abilities. I also investigate how stress and other contextual factors impact parent-child interactions and relationships. 
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I happen to be from Houston. I feel so proud to work at this university because of the things we do for the community and the quality of education we provide for our students. I am especially proud of the diversity of our study body and the fact that many of our students have or will go on to be leaders locally and nationally. I have two small kids, and we love to explore the city and enjoy the delicious food here.

    Erica Jordan Erica Jordan, Ph.D.
    Clinical Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    Assistant Chair for Student Success, Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
    Research/Teaching Interests: I am passionate about undergraduate education and feel privileged to empower students with the ability to critically evaluate claims that are so readily presented to them about families in society. My specific teaching interests include courses that expand students’ understanding about the many internal and external factors that can influence family dynamics and courses that expose students to career opportunities within our field.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I was attracted to UH because of the diversity of its student body and the diverse cultures represented within Houston. A variety of perspectives is especially enriching for the classroom when discussing families. On a personal note, Houston is also a wonderful place for families to explore, and it has been a great place for my partner and I to explore with our young child. We live in the Museum District and are regularly taking in much of the best that Houston has to offer, including the parks, food and museums. We also enjoy getaways from the two airports and road trips together.
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    Saira Rab , Ph.D.
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    Research/Teaching Interests: I am interested in research with social media, online courses and technology use in classroom settings. My area of expertise relies mostly upon mixed-method data analysis, social presence theory, online courses and non-traditional college students (immigrants, first-generation, etc.). I want to add more research in the field of racism, cultural issues in transition from home country to the U.S. (undocumented or immigrant students), and social media use in online teaching. I also have an expertise in teaching introduction to statistics or research methods, human development lifespan, and culture and diversity courses.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I have lived in Houston for 10 years and seen this city grow; even after natural hurricane disasters, the community is there for you. The faculty, students and staff are all lovely to work with and Houston has a lively service-based community. I have been at UH since I was a doctoral student in 2012. Upon graduating with my Ph.D., I stayed. I thrived in a diverse environment, both socially and academically, and was able to connect with faculty at both a professional and personal level. It felt more like a home. Most students here are juggling multiple roles in their lives on top of being college students. I have an enormous amount of respect for the student body and faculty/staff that work so hard to bring UH where it is today.

  • School Psychology

    Jorge Gonzalez Jorge E. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
    Professor, School Psychology
    Program Director, Ph.D. in School Psychology
    Research/Teaching Interests : My scholarship focuses on the early literacy predictors of and challenges to reading with comprehension at the intersection of important questions about culture, especially for dual language learners. My works focus on school readiness at entry to preschool for Latinx children who are emergent bilinguals and the home literacy environments that support learning. As important, I also investigate the psychometric properties, especially construct invariance of instruments designed to assess key cognitive, socio-emotional and psychological aspects of children’s development.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? Mostly I love the diversity in people, places, food and things to do in Houston. Houston is also home to one of the major airport hubs, making travel all over the world, especially to Mexico, easy. I love the many opportunities to take part in the arts as well.
    Milena Keller-Margulis Milena Keller-Margulis, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, School Psychology
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research agenda is focused on the measurement of academic skills for all students in efficient and accurate ways that facilitate identification of those in need of supportive intervention. My early work as a school psychologist in public schools highlighted the gaps in research regarding the technical adequacy of academic skills screening measures used in practice and the absence of measures for certain purposes. The main focus of my research team, Promoting Academic Skills Success (PASS), is on curriculum-based measurement (CBM), an approach that involves collecting brief samples of basic academic skills in reading, math and writing, and is used as a screening tool to identify children at-risk for poor academic performance and to monitor progress in response to instruction or intervention. My teaching is also focused on measurement as well as the practical field training experiences of students.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? Houston is a wonderful place to both work and live, as well as a wonderful place to train future school psychologists. The city is home to so many people from diverse backgrounds that results in a rich and exciting community in which to live and learn. UH reflects the diversity of the broader region and is a vibrant learning and scholarly community.

     

    Sarah Mire Sarah S. Mire, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, School Psychology
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research bridges research and practice by understanding the systems surrounding children and adolescents with autism. This includes families, school personnel, and providers in medical and community settings. Through my lab, UH*sparc (School Psychology Autism Research Collaboration), we partner with these key stakeholders to investigate and elevate factors that contribute to selecting, implementing and evaluating interventions that promote quality of life in youths with autism. My scholarship focuses heavily on connecting these systems, with a special emphasis on marginalized communities.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? Houston is a truly vibrant city to work, live and raise a family. The diversity of Houston’s people extends into the food, arts and happenings in and around the city. This makes UH an ideal place for students to study, train and thrive. I am so proud to be a part of the UH community, which is influential in training tomorrow’s leaders in so many fields.
    Bradley Smith Bradley H. Smith, Ph.D.
    Professor, School Psychology
    Research/Teaching Interests: I train students to be sensitive community partners who engage in the development and application of socially-valid, evidence-based practices that improve well-being and student success. I direct the University of Houston Mindfulness, Well-being, and Spirituality Lab, studying ways to make mindfulness a part of the culture of diverse educational communities. Along with my students, we work with community organizations to evaluate and strengthen youth serving programs that provide summer camping programs with an emphasis on understanding benefits for historically underserved groups (e.g., HoustonLEAD.org; TheWoodsProject.org).
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? UH is a great place to work, and I think Houston is one of the best places in the country to train school psychologists because of the diversity of the population and learning opportunities. Relatedly, the food scene in Houston is vibrant, diverse and excellent. 
  • Health

    Chakema Carmack Chakema Carmack, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Health
    Program Co-Director, B.S. and Minor in Health
    Research/Teaching Interests: My primary program of research is STI/HIV prevention among African American and LGB young adults and cervical cancer prevention among African American and Hispanic females. Particularly, I am interested in the social and built environment factors that impede or promote risk-related sexual behavior and HPV prevention behaviors. I direct the Social Sciences in Young Adult Risk Behavior Lab.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I enjoy the student diversity and beauty of the UH campus. I’ve lived many places before settling on Houston, and I enjoy that there are pockets of Houston MSA that remind me of all the other places I’ve lived making the diversity of the people, the landscape and the food the primary reasons I enjoy Houston.
    Virmarie Correa-Fernandez Virmarie Correa-Fernández, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Health (primary)/Counseling Psychology (secondary) 
    Program Co-Director, B.S. and Minor in Health
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research and scholarship focus heavily on two main areas: understanding psychosocial determinants of tobacco dependence and cessation outcomes; and developing and testing behavioral interventions that are culturally relevant for Latinx who smoke. I have a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its applicability to smoking cessation and the comorbidity of tobacco dependence and affective disorders.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I definitely enjoy the cultural diversity of Houston as evidenced by its people, culinary options and arts/festivals/music. I like the access to a variety of well-maintained parks, the possibility of enjoying activities outdoors, as well as the relative proximity to other cities/towns of interest. UH is a microcosm of Houston in terms of cultural diversity and I enjoy the environment it creates. I also value UH leadership and its constant goals of being a top tier university and serving the local community.
    Kelli Drenner Kelli Drenner, Ph.D.
    Clinical Associate Professor, Health
    Teresa Fedor Amador Theresa Fedor, Ph.D.  
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Health
    Research/Teaching Interests: My main motivation for a career in academia has been to bring eye opening learning experiences to students, while also strengthening the tools they have to discover, learn and produce independently. I strive to create a challenging and rewarding learning environment to students in my classroom, through a focus on expanding their horizons by exposing them to, and deepening their understanding of, complex issues that we face in our communities and our broader social world. As a faculty member in the health program, I do this through the lens of population health with a focus on health inequalities. My past research has focused on population health topics related to sexual and reproductive health. 
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? The diversity of the UH community and of Houston in general is wonderful and helps foster rich classroom discussions about diversity and inequality, among many other things. I also really love the positive and encouraging work environment in the PHLS department and the wonderful colleagues that make it possible. In terms of the city of Houston, it’s great to be in such a large, connected and diverse city. Also, even though summers are extremely intense, we essentially have no winter. It’s fun to be able to have things like outdoor Thanksgiving garden parties!
    Rosenda Murillo Rosenda Murillo, Ph.D., MPH
    Associate Professor, Health
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research focuses on the social determinants of modifiable chronic disease risk behaviors and health among underserved populations. The emphasis of my work has been on understanding the pathways through which social determinants and cultural factors contribute to physical activity, health and well-being among Latino adults.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I enjoy UH’s diverse faculty and student body, and its focus on addressing educational and health disparities in Houston and beyond. I love Houston’s beautiful parks, delicious food and great museums.
    Ezemenari Obasi

    Ezemenari M. Obasi, Ph.D.
    Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair
    UH Associate Vice President for Research Administration and College of Education Associate Dean for Research
    Research/Teaching Interests: My current program of research focuses on substance use/abuse, neurobiology of stress, cultural predictors of health behaviors, and health disparities that disproportionately affect minoritized communities. As the director of the Hwemudua Addictions and Health Disparities Laboratory (HAHDL) — a Biosafety Level II laboratory — I take a transdisciplinary approach and leverage a diverse range of settings to investigate biological, psychological, social and cultural determinants of health. I’m the founder and director of UH’s HEALTH Research Institute. I’m also the PI for UH’s Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention (NIMHD U54 RCMI).
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? Access to cultural diversity in food, sports, shopping and entertainment.

    Norma Olvera

    Norma Olvera, Ph.D.
    Professor, Health
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research interests are focused on identifying maternal, cultural and environmental influences on pediatric obesity, body image, disordered eating behaviors, anxiety and physical activity in Latino and African American families. Results derived from these studies have led to the development of innovative community and family-based obesity interventions designed to promote healthy eating, exercise and positive body image in Latina and African American youth. My research has been published in high impact factor journals such as Appetite, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Pediatric Psychology and Obesity. 
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? Cultural diversity in people, languages, traditions, music and, of course, food. 

    Lorraine Reitzel Lorraine R. Reitzel, Ph.D., FAAHB, FSRNT
    Distinguished Professor of Education, Health (primary)/Counseling Psychology (secondary)
    Research/Teaching Interests: Trained as a clinical psychologist, I direct the Social Determinants and Health Disparities Lab. My research program focuses on: 1) the influence of social determinants on cancer-related risk behaviors/conditions among minoritized and marginalized groups with an emphasis on generating results to inform policy and intervention; 2) dissemination and implementation science to expand tobacco control capacity within real-world healthcare settings to address behavioral health inequities; and 3) execution and evaluation of research, education and training programs in addictions and cancer prevention with an emphasis on diversifying the pipeline and building capacity to address health inequities.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? Amazing diversity and great culinary options!
    Nathan Grant Smith

    Nathan Grant Smith, Ph.D. 
    Chair, Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences  
    Research/Teaching Interests: I am affiliated with the Counseling Psychology doctoral program and direct the CORE (COping & REsilience) Research Team. I conduct research on health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer adults. My research focuses on the impact of minority stress on mental and behavioral health outcomes of LGBTQ persons, particularly outcomes such as sexual health, substance use and mental health. I am interested in identifying intervenable factors that can promote health and well-being, and my research includes the development of interventions to increase resilience.  
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? Houston is a vibrant city with a diverse population. As such, there are endless opportunities for great food, art and entertainment. New vegan restaurants and dog-friendly bars are opening all the time — two of my favorite things! Like Houston, UH serves diverse students, faculty and staff. I appreciate being able to live and work in a culturally diverse environment. Moreover, I value the College of Education’s shared commitment to ending health and educational disparities.

    Kayce Solari Williams Kayce Solari Williams, Ph.D.
    Clinical Associate Professor, Health
  • Early Childhood Education

    Teresa Edgar

    Teresa "Sesa" Edgar, Ed.D. 
    Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies 
    Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education 
    Research/Teaching Interests: In my position as associate dean, I research initiatives that support students’ academic success throughout their undergraduate careers. The undergraduate office focuses on learning what the student needs by listening to the student, helping students set realistic and attainable goals, and fostering mental and physical well-being. My teaching interests focus on lesson planning, which is a crucial factor to the success of the future teacher. 
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I enjoy the collaboration among our faculty and staff. I can’t imagine finding a better team to work with outside of UH. The Houston area offers everything you might look for in recreation or hobbies. A great place to live! 

    Celeste Alba

    Celeste Alba, Ed.D.
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education/Literacy Education/Teacher Education
    Research/Teaching Interests: My primary area of teaching and research is the art and science of teaching. I love igniting the joy of teaching reading in undergraduates beginning their professional journey as educators.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I really enjoy the collaboration, cooperation and support of the faculty and staff at UH. I love our diverse student population. It’s reflective of our beautiful city. From sports to art, theater, festivals and music, there is always something to do on every budget. Kayaking on Buffalo Bayou is a hidden treasure and one of the most relaxing ways to explore the outdoors and our beautiful skyline. The food scene is the best! You could eat at a different restaurant or food truck three meals a day for a year and not even scratch the surface.

    Jahnette Wilson

    Jahnette Wilson, Ed.D.
    Clinical Professor, Early Childhood Education/Teacher Education
    Director of Accreditation
    Research/Teaching Interests: Although I enjoy teaching Assessment for Children, my primary area of focus is my work with the supervisors of student teachers. Thus, both my teaching and research interests lie in the realm of program improvement in teacher education.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I moved to Houston over 30 years ago from a small Texas town and have never looked back. I love the city of Houston with its diversity, culture and all the foodie options that abound throughout the city. I am thankful for the privilege of teaching prospective teachers at the beautiful University of Houston campus nestled in the heart of the city.

  • Special Populations

    Jacqueline Hawkins

    Jacqueline Hawkins, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor, Special Populations
    Program Director, Ed.D. in Professional Leadership — Special Populations
    Research/Teaching Interests: Improving outcomes, both academic and social, for students who experience challenges along the educational pipeline has been my research interest for the past three decades. Currently, I am the PI on a Powell Foundation project to prepare pre-service teachers to identify and support students with dyslexia and/or mental health challenges; the co-PI on a federal Office of Special Education Programs project that supports doctoral education; and an investigator on the OSEP model demonstration project Assessment, Intervention, Instruction for the Prevention and Treatment of Dyslexia (AIIPat), building a plan to guide future educators to match evidence-based practices with the specific needs of their students. Using both UDL and improvement science approaches, our doctoral students learn to see challenges in a systemic manner, to focus on end-users (teachers and students), and to engage networks to help move the work forward.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? As an immigrant to the U.S. from Scotland, the cosmopolitan feel of Houston in 2021 appeals to my progressive outlook on life. Opportunities abound in this region and the value for the cost of a UH education is unparalleled. Our students experience an inclusive and thoughtful environment in which to grow and excel. The energy capital of the nation is not just about the oil industry; it is the energy in the classrooms and social locations across campus where you will witness cross-cultural engagement. We have a growth mindset here and hope that more high-quality scholars will join our ever more diverse faculty. Whatever your interests — food, the arts, museums, music, fitness, travel — Houston fits the bill and exceeds expectations.

    Kristen Hassett

    Kristen Hassett, Ph.D., NCSP
    Clinical Associate Professor, Special Populations
    Program Director, Special Populations undergraduate, M.Ed. and certification
    Research/Teaching Interests: I have the privilege of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, assessment, professional practice and consultation. My areas of expertise include individually administered norm-referenced assessment, assessment of learning difficulties, identification of learning disabilities, intellectual giftedness, intellectual disability, twice exceptionality, gender differences in special education, law and ethics, and professional development for educators.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? As a graduate of UH myself, I recognize the unique opportunities to work in a diverse setting. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city comprised of 47 public school districts and 40 open-enrollment charter schools, UH is a minority-serving institution with unique learning and networking opportunities for students. I love working at the University of Houston because of the values espoused, including diversity, inclusion, freedom of expression, innovation, collaboration and resilience. I love Houston’s diversity and urban environment with amazing people, restaurants and museums.

    Charlotte Carp

    Charlotte Lynn Carp, Ph.D., BCBA-D
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Special Populations
    Research/Teaching Interests: My teaching and research focuses on behavioral interventions for learners with disabilities. I teach undergraduate and graduate classes on how to implement and use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the educational setting and in the clinical ABA setting. Specifically, my research focuses on ways to make language interventions more effective and efficient. I evaluate different prompting procedures to teach listener behavior, as well as some translational research on stimulus equivalence.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? I grew up in the Houston area, so Houston just feels like home to me. I love how diverse the city is, and all the opportunities that come along with that diversity. I can drive west and be in the country, or I can drive east and be in the city. I love the amazing people and how we all come together to support our sports teams. On game days I always see tons of Astros, Texans or Rockets shirts, which makes me grateful and reminds me of how we all pull together and support our community. As for UH, the main thing I love is the people! I love getting to know the students, as well as working with all the faculty. I am very thankful to be at UH!

    Kristi Santi

    Kristi L. Santi, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Special Populations
    Research/Teaching Interests: My research focuses on English learners in special education, early reading outcomes, adolescent literacy and transition. I am passionate about bringing together general and special education to ensure that all students receive high-quality Tier One instruction regardless of their perceived status. I am currently the lead principal investigator on two Office of Special Education Programs grants. The first is a model demonstration grant, Assessment, Intervention, Instruction for the Prevention and Treatment of Dyslexia (AIIPat), looking at ways to provide the right services to the right kids at the right time. The second is the Leadership for Special Populations and Educational Disparities (LEAD SP+ED) project, focused on training future leaders in improvement science and the science of learning to improve academic outcomes for all students while training leaders on systematically improving the climate for all educational professionals. Our Special Populations team works together to bring about positive change for students with disabilities, students of color, and students whose first language is not English.
    What do you enjoy about UH and Houston? The first and foremost issue that is unique to the University of Houston is diversity. You see it in the student body and our department. We build on this diversity by teaching everyone to listen, even when you disagree, in an effort to learn and grow as an individual and community. The city of Houston reflects the population at UH and is a foodie haven with everything biking trails, major sporting teams and an international airline hub. I am proud to call UH and the city of Houston home for the past 21 years.

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Did You Know?

  • UH is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and a Carnegie-designated Tier One research institution.
  • The College is ranked No. 7 in the country for our online graduate education programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).
  • The Houston region serves more than 1.2 million public schoolchildren.
  • The city offers a 300-mile interconnected bikeway network spread over 500 square miles.
  • The Houston Museum District is one of the country’s most visited cultural centers with 19 museums in close proximity.

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SEARCH COMMITTEE CONTACTS

Early Childhood Education (clinical)

  • Teresa “Sesa” Edgar, clinical associate professor of early childhood education and associate dean of undergraduate studies, taedgar@uh.edu

Early Childhood Education (tenure/tenure-track)

Health (clinical)

Health Disparities (tenure/tenure-track)

Human Development and Family Studies/School Psychology (tenure/tenure track)

Special Populations (tenure/tenure-track)

  • Jacqueline Hawkins, professional leadership Ed.D. — special populations program director, jhawkins@uh.edu