Dean\'s Update – 11/8/2022
11/08/2022, 05:50:01 PM
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Nov. 8, 2022


All – What a fabulous start to November! The Astros’ World Series win marked a well-earned conclusion to a storybook season. The victory is a strong reminder of Aristotle’s admonition that “excellence is an art won by training and habituation… We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” We as a College continue to focus on ending inequities in education and health, and ours is a daily stewardship to bring excellence to our respective roles. I continue to be proud to champion your work as we strive together to bring our best work, every day, to this sum greater than our parts.

President Khator recently announced two expected pillars of excellence as UH seeks to be ranked among the nation’s top 50 public institutions: (1) 70% of all first-time in college students completing a degree within six years and (2) $400 million dollars in research expenditures (doubled from the current $200 million). Over the next few months, we will spend time as a College diving into our data and discussing our plan of action. Our capacity to play a central role in meeting these goals will be grounded in the good habits we continue to develop and deepen. We face a meaningful challenge — excellence toward actualization of our equity-centered mission. Together, we’re building the habits to take it on!

In the upcoming weeks as we celebrate people for whom we are thankful, I close by saying how grateful I am for each of you. You are difference makers, and your excellence has generational positive impacts.


Banner caption: Shasta and Sasha bring the UH pride before the Homecoming game.


  • Thanksgiving staff holiday — Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. No classes Wednesday, Nov. 23.
  • COE Faculty & Staff Appreciation Lunch — Wednesday, Dec. 7. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. KIVA.
  • Fall 2022 Commencement — Friday, Dec. 16. 7 p.m. Fertitta Center.
  • Winter Break — Monday, Dec. 26. through Friday, Dec. 30 (University is closed).


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

  • Promotion and Tenure Review
    • For the tenure-track faculty candidates, the departmental-level reviews have been completed, and the College P&T Committee review is underway.  
    • For the clinical and research faculty candidates for promotion, the department committee reviews will continue during November.
  • Coffee and Donuts with Staff
    • About 30 staff members stopped by for the Oct. 26 drop-in meeting. Thank you for your time and ideas! The discussion is underway for reactivating COE Staff Council as well as having COE represented on the UH Staff Council.

Associate Dean for Student Equity, Belonging, and Success

  • Student Success Celebrations 
    • The COE PEEPS Pantry has merged with the University’s Cougar Cupboard and is now known as Cougar Cupboard 2: Operated by PEEPS Pantry. The merger offers students cohesive brand recognition and allows for collaboration and greater access to food, as Cougar Cupboard receives donations from the Houston Food Bank. This allows us to serve our students on two different sides of campus, and we will be better equipped to help students who may be experiencing financial hardship. 
  • Undergraduate Faculty Reminders
    • Our undergraduate advising team is offering virtual drop-in advising throughout the rest of fall semester. Please encourage health, teaching and learning, or education minor students to join us on Thursdays if they have any questions.
  • Graduate Faculty Reminders
    • This is a time-sensitive reminder that Curriculog is now open for submitting proposals for graduate course creations, revisions, deletions and catalog updates for 2023-24. The departmental review and approval deadline is Nov. 23. 
    • To help streamline communication, please send all application admissions questions, as well as prospective applicant/student questions to


  • The deadline for faculty and staff to complete the annual UH mandatory trainings is Friday, Nov. 18. To access the trainings, log into AccessUH and click on “T.A.P. Employee Online Training.”


  • Please note the following regarding UH’s transition to a new learning management system:
    • Blackboard will continue to be available for use through summer 2023. All courses on campus will be hosted in Canvas by fall 2023.
    • CITE recommends creating courses directly into the new LMS when possible, rather than migrating. A College of Education Canvas template is available to request.
    • Don’t worry — training opportunities will become available, and the CITE team will be here to support you. For now, consider brainstorming how you may want to restructure your course(s) such as how materials are presented.
    • Contact Instructional Designer Velvette Laurence for support, tips, recommendations and/or guidance on how to save and export Blackboard items in preparation for Canvas.


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


  • Sissy Wong, Jie Zhang and Heather Domjan. “Oh Deer! Using socioscientific issues to teach inquiry-based lessons with English language learners,” Science Scope.
  • Jie Zhang. “Orthographic Facilitation in Upper Elementary Students: Does Attention to Morphology of Complex Words Enhance the Effects?,” Annals of Dyslexia.

Book Chapters

  • Miguel Burgess Monroy. “Learning, Leading, and the Best-Loved Self in Teaching and Teacher Education” in “Unleashing the Best-Loved Self: Autobiographical Narratives of Experience in Higher Education.”
  • Anne Katz. “Growing up brave on the margins: Equity-focused literacy leadership in practice through an American Library Association collaborative grant initiative” in “Re-Envisioning Education: Affirming Diversity and Advancing Social Justice.”
  • Sissy Wong, Jie Zhang. “Science teachers’ views on the integration of science and language for emergent bilinguals in sixth-grade classrooms” in “Enacting Cross-Cultural STEM Education Research Against the Odds: A Letter in Ten Chapters to Funding Agencies, Research Journal Editors/Reviewers and Policy Makers,” edited by Alberto Rodriguez.


  • Bulent Dogan was quoted in a Texas Association of School Boards Lone Star Magazine article on cell phone use in K-12 classrooms.
  • Sissy Wong received a UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program award for 2022.

Presentations/Community Engagement

  • Anne Katz presented at the National Center for Families Learning on “Teacher candidates create family literacy projects for their community.”
  • Laveria Hutchison presented at the S-STEM Conference of the National Science Foundation on the STEM Parent Scholarship Program.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Join us in welcoming Norquezdan Florence to the role of program manager! He’s been supporting ELPS and PHLS as an office assistant since 2021.


  • Jacqueline Hawkins was awarded the David G. Imig Distinguished Service Award by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate at the CPED conference in mid-October.

Presentations/Community Engagement

  • Elsa Gonzalez gave the keynote introduction at the UH Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s fall speaker series featuring astronaut and engineer José Hernández (see the event livestream). 
  • Kmt Shockley lectured on African Centered Education for the Institute for Holistic Knowledge, located in Antigua, and for the Department of Africana Studies at The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C. He also lectured on the subject for a joint effort of the University of Southern California, The School Superintendents Association and the Urban Superintendents Association of America for their superintendent preparation program.

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences


  • We’re excited to welcome Cindy Romero as our new program manager! Please feel free to introduce yourself.


  • Ann Chen. “Providers’ Non-Cigarette Tobacco Use Intervention Practices in Relation to Beliefs about Patients, Prioritization of and Skills for Intervention, and Referral Knowledge in Texas Healthcare Centers Providing Care to Persons with Behavioral Health Needs,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Julie Dunsmore. “Family functioning, emotion socialization, and children’s social competence: Gender-specific effects in Chinese families,” Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  • Jorge Gonzalez. “Unlocking the promise of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS): Advancing science, practice and equity,” School Psychology Review. “The Social Validity of Content Enriched Shared Book Reading Vocabulary Instruction and Preschool DLLs’ Language Outcomes,” Early Education and Development. “The Science of School Psychologists: Developing a Standard Definition,” Journal of School Psychology.
  • Jungeun Lee. “International counseling students in remote learning environment in the United States” and “Dynamics of Online Engagement: Counseling students’ experiences and perceptions in distance learning,” Journal of Technology in Counselor Education. “Preparing doctoral students to succeed as counselor educators: professional identity development,” Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling.
  • Allison Master, Leslie Frankel. “Distance learning and perceived social support: Identifying protective factors for families’ COVID-related stress and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.


  • Saira Rab received a UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program award for 2022.

Presentations/Community Engagement

  • Virmarie Correa-Fernández served as a moderator for a virtual UH panel, “Pathways to graduate school: Insights from a diverse group of Latinx students.”
  • Allison Master delivered invited talks about gender, STEM and motivation for the National Girls Collaborative Project; the Applied Cognition and Development Brown Bag, University of Georgia; and Texas State University.
  • Kayce Solari Williams delivered the invited opening keynote at the 2022 Symposium on Safe and Secure Schools hosted by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. She also facilitated the first Lamar CISD School Health Advisory Council listening session with future sessions to include incorporating youth voice in SHAC initiatives, engaging school employees in wellness initiatives, and advocacy in action locally and at the state level.


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Cathy Horn (ELPS), Conra Gist (CUIN), Ezemenari Obasi (PHLS) and Virginia Snodgrass Rangel (ELPS).



  • No awards to report this month


  • National Center for Research on Educator Diversity (NCRED). Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. $750,000 (incl. 15% IDC). Conra Gist (CUIN), PI.

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