Dean\'s Update – 9/13/2022
09/13/2022, 08:35:01 PM
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Sept. 13, 2022


All – I hope the start to the semester has been a smooth one and that you are finding joy and productivity in the rhythm of the fall. As we focus on pursuing the College’s mission-centered strategies, we are grounded in established metrics that help measure our progress. Our annual university report card (the “College Success Measures” report) includes several data points that align well with our College strategic plan. I’m also working closely with the leadership team to think through the development of additional meaningful indicators aligned with our mission; I welcome your input.

Below I share our most recently reported outcomes, along with five-year trends (organized in alignment with our strategies).

High Quality Educational Experience

  • First-year FTIC retention rate: 88% (1.6% drop over 5 years)
  • Six-year FTIC graduation rate: 72% (19% increase over 5 years)
  • Doctoral degrees awarded: 89 (10% increase over 5 years)

Hub for Collective Action

  • Faculty citations: 10,706 (97.6% increase over 5 years)
  • Journal articles published: 242 (101.7% increase over 5 years)

Equity, Justice, and Belonging*

  • COE scholarships awarded: 106 (53.6% increase over 4 years)
  • Average amount awarded: $2,164 (4.1% increase over 4 years)

Mission-advancing Funding, Research, and Community Engagement

  • Total grant submissions (dollar amount): $60.1M (12.5% drop over 5 years)
  • Total grant submissions (count): 109 (84.7% increase over 5 years)
  • Total research expenditures: $5.97M (7.7% increase over 5 years)
  • Federal research expenditures: $3.28M (63.1% increase over 5 years)
  • Total annual giving: $3M (195.2% increase over 5 years)

*These indicators are not currently included in the College’s metrics annually reported to the University. Additional metrics for this area are in development.

We have much to celebrate and much good and important work ahead. I am grateful for your individual and collective contributions and look forward to continued progress toward ending inequities in education and health.


Banner: Associate Deans Mimi Lee and Tiffany Davis at First Lecture 2022


  • FEC Lecture Series — “The Power My Freedom Requires: Cultivating Communities of Equity, Justice and Change” with Marcelle Haddix, distinguished dean’s professor at Syracuse University. Monday, Oct. 3. 11 a.m. to noon (open UH event). Noon to 1 p.m. (COE faculty follow-up). Click to join the Zoom event.
  • UH Homecoming Football Game — Saturday Oct. 29. Time TBD. TDECU Stadium. 
  • Thanksgiving holiday — Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25.
  • Fall 2022 Commencement — Friday, Dec. 16. 7 p.m. Fertitta Center.



  • Please welcome new finance assistant Bo Bartos to the team!


  • UH has launched an Inclusive Language Guide. While aimed at editorial and marketing materials, it can be a good reference for other purposes, as noted during the department presentations with the Committee to Advance Equity, Justice, and Belonging in spring 2022.
  • Please take a few minutes to complete our short First Lecture follow-up survey. And as a reminder, the First Lecture video is available to watch through Sept. 30 (password: firstlecture22).
  • If you have the old College of Education logo on materials, let Ericka Mellon know so they can get in the queue to be updated.
  • Please have students sign photo release and FERPA forms (housed on the COE intranet under “Communications”) before posting images on social media or online. Submit forms to Kathy Patnaude for electronic filing.

Institutional Effectiveness

  • In partnership with CITE, we’ve streamlined our online form to request data. The link remains on the COE intranet under “Data Request.”


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


  • Jie Zhang is our new associate department chair.
  • Jen Chauvot is the new director of our Ph.D. program.
  • We’re hiring for an endowed professor of medical education in partnership with the College of Medicine (job posting here). We’re also hiring for faculty positions in early childhood education, literacy education, teaching/teacher education and social/social studies education (job postings to go live soon).


  • Sheng Kuan Chung. “A Claymation Project for Integrated Art Learning” and “Building Bitmoji Art Rooms Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic,” International Journal of Arts Education. 
  • Carrie Cutler. “Make Picture Books Count: Effective Ways to Integrate Math and Literacy,” Teaching Young Children.
  • Melissa Gallagher. “Assessments of students’ learning gains in HydroLearn online modules for teaching hydrology and water resources,” Frontiers in Education: STEM Education. “An innovative active learning module on snow and climate modeling,” Frontiers in Water: Water and Hydrocomplexity. “Sharing Experiences in designing professional learning to support hydrology and water resources instructors to create high-quality curricular materials,” Frontiers in Education: STEM Education.
  • Miao Li. “The summary writing performance of bilingual learners with reading difficulties,” Annals of Dyslexia.

Books/Book Chapters

  • Carrie Cutler. “Culturally Relevant Three-Act Tasks: A Project for Elementary Mathematics Methods Courses” in “Clinically Based Teacher Education in Action: Cases from Mathematics Teacher Educators.” “Using Manipulatives in Face-To-Face, Hybrid, and Virtual Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics Methods Courses” in “Reflection on Past, Present and Future: Paving the Way for the Future of Mathematics Teacher Education.”
  • Alberto J. Rodriguez (editor), “Equity in STEM Education Research: Advocating for Equitable Attention.”
  • Travis Weiland, Melissa Gallagher. “Health, race, and ratios” in “Middle School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice.”

Community Engagement

  • Carrie Cutler provided in-service for over 1,800 early childhood educators in Amarillo, Cy-Fair, New Caney, and Katy school districts on developmentally appropriate math instruction.
  • Mikel Cole, Marédil León Cedeño and Jie Zhang and student volunteers with the Bilingual Ed Student Association (BESO) are joining the local planning committee for the Texas Association of Bilingual Education’s 50th conference anniversary to be held in Houston Oct. 13 – 16.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Hope Rigby-Wills has been named program administrator of the M.Ed. in Special Populations program. 
  • Vincent Carales is the new program director for the M.Ed. in Higher Education program. 
  • Dave Louis is the new program director for the Ph.D. in Higher Education program. 
  • We’re hiring for an assistant professor of special populations (job posting here).

Books/Book Chapters

  • Yali Zou, Gayle Curtis, Jorge Gonzalez (PHLS) (editors). “Family Literacy Practices in Asian and Latinx Families.”

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences


  • Virmarie Correa-Fernández is our new associate department chair.
  • We’re hiring for an assistant professor of school psychology (job posting here).


  • Blake Allan. “Underemployment and mental health: A longitudinal study” and “Decent work among women workers: An intersectional approach,” Journal of Counseling Psychology. “Profiles of decent work and precarious work: Exploring macro-level predictors and mental health outcomes” and “An examination of psychology of working theory with immigrant workers in the United States,” Journal of Career Assessment.
  • Virmarie Correa-Fernández, Hanjoe Kim. “Health Inequity: Associations between Cigarette Smoking Status and Mammogram Screening among Women of Color,” Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
  • Julie Dunsmore. “Development and feasibility of an online Brief Emotion Regulation Training program for emerging adults,” Frontiers in Public Health. “Parents’ and friends’ responses to discrete negative emotions: Associations with adolescent emotional experiences,” Social Development. “Predicting preschool children’s self-regulation from positive emotion: The moderating role of parental positive emotion socialization,” Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • Leslie Frankel. “Supporting Families: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Human Development.
  • Jorge Gonzalez. “Unlocking the promise of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS): Advancing science, practice and equity,” School Psychology Review. “The Science of School Psychologists: Developing a Standard Definition,” Journal of School Psychology.
  • Sarah Mire, Susan Day, Milena Keller-Margulis. “A cross-cultural comparison of a measure of parent perceptions among families of children with autism in Vietnam,” Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice.
  • Rosenda Murillo. “Fear of job loss and hypertension prevalence among working Latino adults,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
  • Ezemenari Obasi, Rosenda Murillo, Lorraine Reitzel. “Measuring Pro- and Anti-Inflammatory Biomarkers Among Low-Income Hispanic Adults: A Feasibility and Pilot Assessment,” Health Behavior Research.
  • Lorraine Reitzel. “Financial strain among adult African American/Black cannabis users,” Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
  • Lorraine Reitzel, Maggie Britton, Ann Chen, Isabel Martinez Leal, Anastasia Rogova. “Tobacco Screening Practices and Perceived Barriers to Offering Tobacco Cessation Services among Texas Health Care Centers Providing Behavioral Health Treatment,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Lorraine Reitzel, Ann Chen, Ezemenari Obasi. “Engaging the Houston Community in Research: An Early Case Study of a Community Engagement Core in the University of Houston’s HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention,” Health Behavior & Policy Review.
  • Lorraine Reitzel, Virmarie Correa-Fernández, Ezemenari Obasi, Isabel Martinez Leal, Ann Chen. “An Epidemic and a Pandemic Collide: Assessing the Feasibility of Tobacco Treatment Among Vulnerable Groups at COVID-19 Protective Lodging,” Families, Systems, & Health.
  • Lorraine Reitzel, Isabel Martinez Leal, Maggie Britton, Ann Chen, Virmarie Correa-Fernández, Ezemenari Obasi, Kelli Drenner. “Collaborative Learning: A Qualitative Study Exploring Factors Contributing to a Successful Tobacco Cessation Train-the-Trainer Program as a Community of Practice,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.                                                        
  • Lorraine Reitzel, Isabel Martinez Leal, Maggie Britton, Kayce Solari Williams. “Promoting Cancer Health Equity: A Qualitative Study of Mentee and Mentor Perspectives of a Training Program for Underrepresented Scholars in Cancer Health Disparities,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Lorraine Reitzel, Ezemenari Obasi. “Exploring the provider and organization level barriers to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder treatment for Black Americans: A Study Protocol,” Public Health in Practice.

Books/Book Chapters

  • Blake Allan. “Redefining the health of the labor market: Worker flourishing as a new index” in “Rethinking work: Essays on building a better workplace.” “Social class in work and career psychology” in “Career Psychology.”
  • Jorge Gonzalez, Yali Zou (ELPS), Gayle Curtis (ELPS) (editors). “Family Literacy Practices in Asian and Latinx Families.”
  • Jorge Gonzalez. “Family literacy practices and the home literacy environment (HLE) of Asian and Latino Americans: Path to literacy and socioemotional learning” and “Introduction to family literacy practices in Asian and Latinx families” in “Family Literacy Practices in Asian and Latinx Families.”


  • Blake Allan won the 2022 APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status Emerging Leadership in Psychology Award.
  • Allison Master received a Teacher+Researcher Workshop Travel Award from the Computer Science Teachers Association.
  • Kayce Solari Williams was inducted as a Fellow of the American School Health Association.

Community Engagement

  • Blake Allan developed a toolkit for teaching vocational psychology in counseling psychology programs as part of the 2022 Society of Counseling Psychology Presidential Initiative.
  • Leslie Frankel conducted two sets of parent feeding workshops with Harris Country Public Health’s Obesity Reduction Task Force for parents in Cypress and Humble.
  • Allison Master’s work on STEM and motivation was featured in the general interest publications “The Hechinger Report,” “Science Journal for Kids” and “Scientific American.”
  • Norma Olvera participated in a vaccine hesitancy educational session at the back-to-school event at Emancipation Park in partnership with the Health Department.


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Rhoda Freelon (ELPS), Ruth M. López (ELPS), Cathy Horn (ELPS), Ezemenari Obasi (PHLS), Vincent Carales (ELPS), Allison Master (PHLS), Duncan Klussmann (ELPS), Amber Thompson (CUIN) and An Nguyen (ELPS).



  • Advancing Language Literacy with Relevant Investigations in Science Education. National Science Foundation. $2,201,305 (incl. 55% IDC). Sissy Wong (CUIN), PI; Laveria Hutchison (CUIN), Alberto Rodriguez (CUIN), Jie Zhang (CUIN), co-PIs.
  • Addressing The Teacher Candidate Pipeline. U.S. Department of Education. $50,000. Amber Thompson (CUIN), PI; Samuel Brower (CUIN), Shea Culpepper (CUIN), co-PIs.


  • Understanding the Home Literacy Environment: A Cross-cultural Mixed Methods Study. Spencer Foundation. $49,510. Miao Li (CUIN), PI; Mimi Lee (CUIN), Jorge Gonzalez (PHLS), co-PIs.
  • Developing and Testing Innovations: Community Youth Experts – Movement, Occupation, Voice, Nutrition. National Science Foundation. $1,287,043 (incl. 55% IDC). Norma Olvera (PHLS), PI; Consuelo Arbona (PHLS), Allison Master (PHLS), Jeannette Alarcón (CUIN), co-PIs.
  • A Longitudinal Analysis of the Effects of Involvement in the School-to-Prison Cycle on Students’ Educational Trajectories. National Science Foundation. $186,695 (incl. 55% IDC). Virginia Snodgrass Rangel (ELPS), PI.

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