Dean\'s Update – 6/13/2023
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June 13, 2023


All — Happy summer! I love the good disruption summer brings to our academic year rhythms — an opportunity to change pace and think differently. I am also reminded that this season is when we get wonderfully engrossed in welcoming the possibilities that lie ahead. I had the chance Monday to join an orientation for our incoming undergraduates. They are smart, passionate, and understand that investing in themselves is also a multigenerational investment in the collective future.

I hope the summer continues to nourish each of you in needed and deserved ways. And I hope you build excitement from what is in front of us this fall. The superpower of the College of Education lies in our multidisciplinary expertise, and increasing our impact to improve educational and health outcomes for all will take our combined strengths harnessed together with purpose.


Banner caption: A campus visitor strolls by the former Science Building, one of the future homes of the College of Education.


  • Emancipation Day (UH closed) — Monday, June 19
  • Independence Day (UH closed) — Tuesday, July 4
  • COE Breakfast — Friday, Aug. 18. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. UH Hilton. You should have received an Outlook calendar hold, and a formal invite will follow. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
  • First Day of Class — Monday, Aug. 21
  • Labor Day (UH closed) — Monday, Sept. 4
  • Fall 2023 Commencement — Slated for Dec. 15-17, 2023, according to the UH academic calendar, though it may be a few days before or after. To help with planning, look out for an Outlook calendar hold for this entire week; hold will be updated once the date is confirmed.

Graduation Platform Party

See more photos from spring 2023 commencement!


Associate Dean for Student Equity, Belonging, and Success

  • Staff Updates
    • We are excited to welcome Kohleen Mendoza to our student success team! A College of Education alumna, Kohleen has spent the past three years as an elementary teacher and is excited to create a positive impact for students in her new role. As our certification coordinator, she provides support and guidance to candidates relating to testing and certification. 

    • We are seeking candidates for our director of assessment and accreditation services position. Please share this job announcement with folks in your network to help us recruit a talented pool of prospective employees to join our talented team. Thanks in advance!

  • Faculty Reminders
    • With the beginning of the new summer session, it is a good time to look at any Incompletes that you may have issued during summer 2022. According to University policy, the grade of “I” must be changed WITHIN ONE YEAR of the date awarded, or the grade will be changed automatically to F or U (in S-U graded courses). 

    • Graduate Program Leads: It’s time to begin updating your program handbooks for AY 23-24. Every graduate program should have an updated handbook on file with the Office of Graduate Studies no later than Aug. 15, 2023 


  • Please register your SharePoint sites with our CITE team. This will help limit unintended duplication, ensure the security and continuity of content as positions change, and allow for more effective technical and instructional design support.


  • Please delete all electronic letterhead with the old COE logo. You can download new electronic letterhead from the MyCOE Intranet on SharePoint. See College Quick Links / Comms Materials / Comms Quick Links / Letterhead. Please read the PDF in the folder for instructions.

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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


  • Melissa Gallagher was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the US Math Recovery Council, a nonprofit that provides professional development to mathematics educators.

Community Engagement

  • Travis Weiland was a featured guest on the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators podcast, speaking on “Taking a Spatial Turn in Mathematics Teacher Education.”

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Editor’s note: Reporting will resume in September.

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences

Editor’s note: Reporting will resume in September.


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Duncan Klussmann (ELPS), Allison Master (PHLS) and Mikel Cole (CUIN).

Media Releases and Stories



  • No awards to report this month


  • AANAPISI Multicultural Success Initiative. U.S. Dept. of Education. $1,546,050. Yali Zou (ELPS/AASC), PI; Gayle Curtis and Amy Murdock (AASC), other key personnel.

Editor’s note: The Dean’s Update will not publish in July.

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