Advancing Higher Education
through Equity and Innovation
FACULTY SENATE CONFERENCE
March 31 - April 1, 2022
UH STUDENT CENTER SOUTH
Join colleagues from across the University of Houston as we reflect on the challenges we have collectively endured through the pandemic and how we can utilize lessons learned to advance research and scholarship, teaching, service, and community engagement moving forward. The conference will begin with an opening keynote and reception on Thursday evening and continue with panel sessions on Friday morning. Thursday evening appetizers and Friday breakfast and lunch will be provided with advanced registration.Register Here
Renu Khator, Ph.D.
Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of its flagship University of Houston campus
Vallabh Das, Ph.D.
President of the UH Faculty Senate and Benedict-Pitts Professor and Chair of the Department of Vision Sciences in the College of Optometry
Catherine Horn, Ph.D.
Moores Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation at the University of Houston.
Stella Flores, Ed.D.
Equitable policymaking: Principles for shaping an inclusive future for educational attainment
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Cougar Jazz Band
Provost Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Houston System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston
David Shattuck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering and President-Elect of the Faculty Senate
J. Douglas Thornton, Ph.D., Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy and Director of the Prescription Drug Misuse Education and Research (PREMIER) Center at UH
Susie Gronseth, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education
This panel session will delve into issues related to how learning has continued to be supported for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students during the pandemic. Areas such as learner engagement, experiential learning, affective concerns, recruitment, and competency-based educational programs may be discussed.
Paige K. Evans, EdD
Co-Director and Clinical Professor for the teachHOUSTON Program in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Houston
Clinical Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Veronica Arellano Douglas
Head of Teaching & Learning
Jerrod A. Henderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Saleha Khumawala, Ph.D.
Robert Grinaker Professor of Accounting and Founding Director of the SURE™ (Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship) Program
Kristina Neumann, Ph.D.
A Roman and Digital Historian
Director of the UH College of Nursing BSN Program and Clinical Assistant Professor
This panel session will delve into current work and continued visioning for UH’s clinical and research innovation and engagement in the Houston community and beyond. Areas such as connecting research to practice, adaptations of clinical service delivery during COVID, initiatives for access to care, and research innovation and outreach may be discussed.
Jason Porter, PhD
Associate Professor in Physiological Optics and Vision Science and in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston
Director of Data and Society and Director of the Community Health Worker Initiative in the UH Honors College
Elizabeth Rodwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the University of Houston
Louis Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Richard Willson, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences
This panel session will delve into current work and continued visioning for incorporating equity-mindedness into leadership, teaching, and research practices. Areas regarding diversity and inclusion, faculty recruitment and retainment, and organizational policies and practices may be discussed.
Cedric Tolliver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Maria Burns, Ph.D.
Program Director of the TLIM Program, at UH College of Technology, and an elected UH Faculty Senator for Research and Scholarship
Meredith J. Duncan
Alumnae College Professor of Law and the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Metropolitan Programs at the University of Houston Law Center
Doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Juan M. Madera
Curtis L. Carlson Endowed Professor at the Conrad N. Hilton College
|6:00 p.m.||Conference Opening||
Vallabh Das,,President, Faculty Senate
Renu Khator, Chancellor and President
Cathy Horn, Professor, College of Education
Keynote: Stella Flores, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Texas at Austin
|7:30-9:00 p.m.||Reception||Cougar Jazz Band - Len Trombetta, Noe Marmolejo, Andrew Lienhard, Reagan Hallick, Arthur Gilligan||Student Center
|8:00 a.m.||Breakfast||Student Center
South 1st floor
|8:30-8:45 a.m.||Opening remarks||
David Shattuck, President-Elect, Faculty Senate
Paula Short, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs,and Provost
|8:45-9:45 a.m.||Panel 1: Fostering Student Success through Pandemic Challenges||Discussant:
Paige Evans, Clinical Professor, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Veronica Arellano Douglas, Head of Teaching & Learning, UH Libraries
Justin Burris, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Education
Jerrod Henderson, Assistant Professor, Cullen College of Engineering
Saleha Khumawala, Professor, C.T. Bauer College of Business
Kristina Neumann, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Patricia Schrader, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
|9:45-10 a.m.||Break||Student Center
South Theatre Lobby (1st or 2nd floor)
|10-11 a.m.||Panel 2: Innovating Research and Community Engagement||Introduction:
J. Douglas Thornton, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
Discussant: Jason Porter, Associate Professor, College of Optometry
Panelists: Dan Price, Clinical Associate Professor, Honors College and College of Medicine
Bruce Race, Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design
Louis Williams, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Richard Willson, Professor, Cullen College of Engineering
Elizabeth Rodwell, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, College of Technology
|11-11:15 a.m.||Break||Student Center
South Theatre Lobby (1st or 2nd floor)
|11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.||Panel 3: Achieving Equity at UH||Introduction:
Susie Gronseth, Chair, Faculty Senate Community and Government Relations Committee
Cedric Tolliver, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Panelists: Maria Burns, Instructional Assistant Professor, College of Technology
Meredith Duncan, Professor of Law, Law Center
Lucy Kehinde, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Optometry
Johanna Luttrell, Instructional Assistant Professor, Honors College and Hobby School of Public Affairs
Juan Madera, Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
|12:15-12:30pm||Closing Remarks||Susie Gronseth, Chair, Faculty Senate Community and Government Relations Committee||Student Center
|12:30-1pm||Lunch||Grab-and-go boxed lunches provided||Student Center
South Theatre Lobby (1st floor)
The Faculty Senate
306 M.D. Anderson Library
Houston, TX 77204-2005
Student Center South
The keynote on March 31st is in the Ballroom (on the 2nd floor)
The panels on April 1st is in the Theatre (spans 1st and 2nd floors)
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Faculty Senate Conference 2022 Planning Committee
- Susie Gronseth – College of Education
- Swati Modi – College of Optometry
- Douglas Thornton – College of Pharmacy
- Brigitte Dauwalder – College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Taylor Davis-Van Atta – University of Houston Libraries
- Rachel Bush – Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
- Annie Wu – University of Houston Libraries
- Megan Robertson – Cullen College of Engineering
- Christiana Chang – Cullen College of Engineering
- Tiffany Legendre – Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
- Lindita Camaj – Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
- Vallabh Das – College of Optometry
- David Shattuck – Cullen College of Engineering/Honors College
- Jeanette Morales – Faculty Senate
- Alan Lish – Bauer College of Business
- Steven Matijicio – Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts