Dean\'s Update – 4/11/2023
04/11/2023, 05:35:01 PM
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Tiffany J. Davis and Michael Johnson

April 11, 2023


All — It’s AERA season! And as our many presenters know, the theme this year is “Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth.” This challenge resonates deeply with me as a clarion call to realize our mission as a college: “to lead and inspire generative transformations in learning, health, leadership, and well-being.”

A 2022 Annie E. Casey Foundation report ranked Texas 45th with respect to overall child well-being. For that trajectory to shift, rigorous research ought to be present in and useful to the hard work of meaningfully enhancing education, health, and economic vitality for all. As the College of Education in one of the nation’s most diverse cities, we have unique opportunity and responsibility to carry out work that generates from collective experience, rigorously interrogates systems, and advances community-centered, asset-based solutions. Ensuring strong public schools and healthy communities across the state and nation has never been more important.


Banner caption: Associate Dean Tiffany J. Davis and higher education doctoral student and University Chief of Staff Michael Johnson enjoy a College gathering for Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.


  • Let’s Talk Grant Applications — Thursdays (April 20, May 4, May 18). Noon to 1 p.m. Meet with Associate Dean Ezemenari Obasi. Click here to join via Zoom.
  • March of Dimes March for Babies Walk/Run — Sunday, April 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on campus. Donate to the COE team, and help us stay among the top five UH groups for fundraising!
  • Save the Date: COE Faculty & Staff Spring Social — Wednesday, May 3. 3 to 5 p.m. Bowling at the Student Center! Invitation to follow.
  • Spring 2023 Commencement — Saturday, May 13. 7 p.m. Fertitta Center. 
  • Memorial Day (UH closed) — Monday, May 29.
  • Save the Date: COE Faculty & Staff Breakfast/Fall Kickoff — Friday, Aug. 18. Invitation to follow.


Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Equity, Belonging, and Success

  • Award Nominations
    • COE Staff AwardsNomination deadline is Friday, April 28.
    • UH Staff Council AwardsNomination deadline is Friday, April 28 at 5 p.m.

Associate Dean for Student Equity, Belonging, and Success

  • Student Success Updates 
    • The State Board for Educator Certification recently recognized our UH educator preparation program for exemplary performance in the commendation category “Preparing the Educators Texas Needs — Percentage of prepared teachers in teacher shortage areas.” Congratulations to the teaching and learning team on another strong endorsement of an outstanding program! 
  • Staff Updates
    • The Student Success area is hiring two undergraduate academic advisors and a program director for graduate student success. We are committed to adding to our talented staff and would like your help. Please share these opportunities with folks in your network: Advisor II, Program Director I and Advisor II. Thanks in advance!  
    • As a bittersweet reminder, June Zhou, director of assessment and accreditation services, will be leaving (effective April 14) for a new opportunity at Baylor College of Medicine as lead of Institutional Research. Please continue to fill out the data request form via the COE intranet for ALL data requests. For follow-up questions or for general questions not related to a specific request, email Mario Martinez (
  • Faculty Reminders
    • April 19 is the “W” drop deadline for spring 2023. Thank you for being responsive to students who have questions about their continued enrollment in your courses.  
    • The summer/fall 2023 course schedule and priority registration began April 5. Please encourage students to connect with their advisors to plan for future enrollment.



  • The College’s faculty and staff intranet will move to a more secure, more robust SharePoint site called MyCOE in May. Stay tuned for an email from Velvette Laurence (CITE) and Ericka Mellon (Communications) about accessing the new site in the coming weeks.

Kudos to all the AERA presenters across departments! 
(Please email Kathy Patnaude at if the presentation list needs a correction.)

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Editor’s note: External grant awards are listed under Office of Research. For publications, additional authors are not included. Please email Ericka Mellon with any questions. 

Curriculum & Instruction


  • Sheng Kuan Chung. “Art education for social justice: A lesson on deconstructing oppression,” International Journal of Arts Education. 


  • Sheng Kuan Chung had a painting selected into the “Abstracts” Art Exhibition, an international juried art competition by the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. 


  • Carrie Cutler presented two sessions at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics virtual conference on using manipulatives in traditional and online classes and on culturally responsive performance tasks for equitable assessment.

Community Engagement

  • Carrie Cutler started her tenure as lead co-facilitator of the Early Math Interest Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She will direct the group’s efforts to strengthen support for math from birth to age 8.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Vincent D. Carales. “Indebted to my education: Examining perceptions of students’ debt and repayment,” Journal of Student Financial Aid. 
  • Ruth M. López. “A critical examination of policies and practices impacting the education of unaccompanied immigrant children in the United States,” Education Policy Analysis Archives.
  • Kmt Shockley. “Reconceptualizing and ReAfricanizing for Black Student Success: The Maroon Model,” Journal of African American Studies.


  • Kristi Santi served as co-chair of the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Performance Conference.

Community Engagement

  • Rhoda Freelon and Ruth López partnered with the UHD College of Public Service and Latinos for Education to host a mini conference, “Why Family Collaboration in Schools Matters.” 
  • The Asian American Studies Center co-sponsored with Valenti School of Communication a summit on Anti-Asian Sentiment, Racial Microaggression, and Racial Automaticity in Everyday Communication. Center presenters included Yali Zou, Gayle Curtis, Amy Murdock and An Nguyen. The Center also co-sponsored two public lectures with faculty from the University of Illinois focused on race, religion and Siddi belonging in contemporary Hyderabad, India and on Diasporic identities in India and Asia.

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences


  • Ann Chen. “Influence of Provider Perspectives about Concurrent Tobacco Use Care during Substance Use Treatment on Their Tobacco Intervention Provision with Clients: A Mixed Methods Study,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. “Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility and Referral Practices in Texas Organizations Serving People with Substance Use Disorders,” Cancers. “The Indirect Effect of Smoking Level in the Association Between Urban Stress and Readiness to Quit Smoking among Adults Experiencing Homelessness,” Health Behavior Research.
  • Julie Dunsmore. “Mothers’ beliefs about emotions and authoritarian parenting as predictors of young children's behavioral problems,” Mental Health & Prevention.
  • Allison Master. “Gender equity and motivational readiness for computational thinking in early childhood,” Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • Norma Olvera. “Lace Up and mindfulness exercise: A randomized clinical trial intervention to reduce emotional eating, anxiety, and sleep disturbance in Latinx and Black youth,” Children.
  • Brad Smith. “Effects of Teaching Efficacy, Advocacy, and Knowledge on Coping and Well-Being of Dual Language Immersion Teachers,” Journal of Latinos and Education.


  • Brad Smith earned the Lotus Innovation Award for work in mindfulness and school-based yoga through the Puranik Foundation.
  • Leslie Frankel earned the Lane Powell Mentorship Award from Texas Council on Family Relations.


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Margaret Hale (CUIN), Norma Olvera (PHLS) and Duncan Klussmann (ELPS).



Professional Development

  • Team Science and Convergent Research: Positioning Your Team for Funding Competitiveness – Wednesday, April 26. Noon to 1 p.m. Virtual event led by McAllister and Quinn and organized by UH Division of Research. Register here.


  • Continuation – TEA Commissioner’s List for Pre-K Assessment. Texas Education Agency Region 4. $58,000 (incl. 8% IDC). Kristi Santi (ELPS), PI.


  • Expanding Alternative Teacher Preparation Pathways. Houston Endowment. $3,382,095 (incl. 15% IDC). Amber Thompson (CUIN), PI. Cathy Horn (ELPS), Shea Culpepper (CUIN), co-PIs.

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