Dean\'s Update – 5/10/2022
05/10/2022, 09:00:01 AM
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McGovern Centennial Gardens

May 10, 2022


We’ve finished another semester strong — bravo on a job well done! You can each be proud that we were the only UH college this cycle to meet all of our College Success Measures, showing progress on student success, research and fundraising metrics. This took a collective effort among clinical and tenure-track faculty and staff and is particularly impressive during the complexities of the pandemic.

I look forward to us coming together this afternoon at the Hilton on campus to celebrate the remarkable career of Provost Short and to reflect on the future of higher education with an esteemed panel. Please join us for the colloquium at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reception.

I also encourage you to join our Committee to Advance Equity, Justice, and Belonging on May 19 to explore the CRT exhibition at Project Row Houses.

I’ll close with these words of gratitude from one of our graduating counseling M.Ed. students:

“I am grateful to the faculty and my colleagues who made it possible for me to be bold enough to say today that I have developed competency in lighting the bulb for the hopeless, helpless and disillusioned.”

Onward with Cougar pride,

Banner: McGovern Centennial Gardens provided a beautiful background for a small ceremony to honor the College’s 2022 Star Awards winners.


  • Celebrating the Career of Provost Short — Tuesday, May 10. Colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Reception at 4:45 p.m. UH Hilton – Waldorf Astoria Ballroom. RSVP here.
  • COE Spring Commencement — Sunday, May 15. 2 p.m. Fertitta Center.
  • COE Visit to Project Row Houses — Explore “Round 53: The Curious Case of Critical Race…Theory?” Thursday, May 19. 1 p.m. 2521 Holman St. Please RSVP.



  • The College will award approximately $200,000 in scholarships to 100 students for the upcoming academic year. Thank you to the hard-working Scholarship Committee members: Justin Burris (CUIN), secretary Travis Weiland (CUIN), Charlotte Carp (ELPS), Jacqueline Hawkins (ELPS), Chakema Carmack (PHLS), Toya Conston (PHLS) and chair Kayce Solari Williams (PHLS) as well as Kevin Pham (CITE) and Geralyn Stevens (Dean’s Office).
  • To honor the memory of former Dean Warner, you are invited to donate to the Dr. Allen R. Warner Endowment Scholarship, which supports aspiring teachers.
  • Congratulations to Jaha Williams, who will remain the lead fundraiser for the College of Education while also assuming the role of chief development officer for student success for the University. In addition to COE, her team will be responsible for UH Libraries, The Honors College, Student Affairs and the UH Scholarship Campaign.


  • Please welcome our new advising assistant, Imani Palacio, who begins Wednesday. Originally from Indiana, Palacio earned a B.S. in exercise science from the Indiana University School of Public Health.
  • Our office is offering weekly drop-in advising sessions through MS Teams for health and teaching and learning students as a popular way to receive quick answers to general questions. Please share these links with students who may benefit:
    • Teaching and learning
    • Health
    • For a full advising meeting, students should still go to the Navigate app to make appointments. 


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


  • Please welcome Jackee Hester as our new office coordinator. She was born in Iowa, raised in Kansas and returned to Iowa to pursue her undergraduate degree. Her plans are to eventually attend UH as a student to improve her conversational Spanish and to continue learning sign language.


  • Vera Hutchison was elected as the Steering Committee’s secretary for the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (term: July 2022 to July 2024) and inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Chapter 54 at UH).
  • Jie Zhang won the UH Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Student Association Faculty Award with excellent student reviews. This was the first award since CIDSA has been founded.


Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Bradley Davis. “Critical quantitative research: Foreclosing criticality within education,” Critical Education. 
  • Virginia Snodgrass Rangel. “Gender differences in STEM career development in postsecondary vocational-technical education. A Social Cognitive Career Theory Test,” Journal of Career Development.


  • Vincent Carales was elected to serve on the Board of Directors (as a member at large) for The Council for the Study of Community Colleges. 
  • Kmt Shockley was appointed to the Black Education National Advisory Council. 


Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences


  • Julie Dunsmore. “Family functioning and emotion socialization in Chinese two-parent households: A person-centered approach,” Social Development.


  • Jungeun “Jay” Lee won the Outstanding Research Award for “Impact of Clinical Depression on Physical Activity in Older Women” from the Association for Adult Development and Aging.
  • Allison Master was selected as co-chair for AERA Division C Section 2b (Learning and Motivation in Social Contexts).

Community Engagement

  • Allison Master served as a volunteer judge for Aldine ISD’s STEMFest.


  • Jungeun “Jay” Lee presented on “Culturally Sensitive Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for AAPI Clients” at the American Counseling Association annual conference.


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Travis Weiland (CUIN), Melissa Gallagher (CUIN), Cathy Horn (ELPS) and a Wall Street Journal mention of our student teaching conference (CUIN).



  • We appreciate your patience as we work to fully staff the office.


  • Designing modules to support the development of mathematics pre-service teachers’ critical consciousness through statistical investigations of systemic racism. NSF. $57,823 (incl. 55% IDC). Travis Weiland (CUIN), PI.
  • Region 14 comprehensive centers program. Westat. $6,480 (incl. 8% IDC). Anne McClellan (Dean’s Office), PI; Conra Gist (CUIN), Cathy Horn (ELPS), April Peters-Hawkins (ELPS), Amber Thompson (CUIN), co-investigators.
  • Lonestar Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program (LEND): Interdisciplinary approaches to improving the health of individuals with autism. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. $12,185 (incl. 8% IDC). Sarah Mire (PHLS), PI.


  • Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Automated Approaches to Scoring Writing. Spencer Foundation. $49,997. Michael Matta (PHLS), PI.
  • UH Teacher Preparation TQP 2022. Department of Education. $3,518,376 (incl. 8% IDC). Jeannette Alarcón (CUIN), PI; Jennifer Chauvot, Shea Culpepper, Amber Thompson, co-PIs (CUIN); Samuel Brower (CUIN), Susie Gronseth (CUIN), Anne McClellan (Dean’s Office), co-investigators; Carrie Cutler, Justin Burris, other key personnel (CUIN).
  • F.E.L.I.C.E.S. Department of Education. $2,953,978 (incl. 8% IDC). Mikel Cole (CUIN), PI; Melissa Gallagher, Marédil León Cedeño, Miao Li, Alberto Rodriguez, Jie Zhang, co-PIs (CUIN); Kristi Santi (ELPS), other.
  • Evaluation of separate and combined effects and costs of three popular youth development activities. Brady Education Foundation. $195,759 (incl. 10% IDC). Brad Smith (PHLS), PI; Hanjoe Kim (PHLS), co-investigator.

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