Dean\'s Update – 10/17/2023
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Dean's Update: Information for Faculty and Staff: Image a person on a bike

Oct. 17, 2023


All — Fall weather has found Houston! I am energized by the faculty and staff searches as well as the student recruitment efforts underway, all of which will lead to an expanded and enhanced College of Education community. Please share these opportunities broadly within your networks; great people want to come work and learn with other great people! And thank you to those who are serving on committees and participating in information sessions. I deeply appreciate your generous investment in the health and vitality of the College.

Some of you have heard me say in the last week that I have been reading Carol Gilligan’s new book, In a Human Voice. I was stopped in my tracks by the last chapter. She writes, “I find myself asking what stands in the way of our seeing what is right in front of our eyes and listening to voices that are in our midst? ... As an ethics of relationship, care ethics is a guide to know others and oneself. It is a guide to listening. Its wisdom is a psychological wisdom: notice what happens when you replace judgement with curiosity.” At a moment where atrocity, hatred, and intolerance dominate the discourse, Gilligan’s words ring as a clarion call — to deep seeing, listening, and centering in shared humanity. 

Thanks to each of you for your wisdom, your care, and your curiosity.


Banner caption: A bike rider passes Farish Hall on a beautiful day this fall.


  • COE “Perspectives” Event on Mental Health & Well-being – Wednesday, Oct. 25. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Student Center South and live-streamed. RSVP now, and please remind students!
  • State Employee Charitable Campaign — The deadline to give is Tuesday, Oct. 31.
  • COE BrownBag and BrainStorming with Dean Horn – Focused on post tenure review (SB 18). Wednesday, Nov. 1. Noon to 1 p.m. KIVA.
  • COE Office of Student Success Community Carnival – Wednesday, Nov. 8. 3 to 5 p.m. Farish Hall, Room 160. Open to students, faculty and staff. Invite to follow.
  • Thanksgiving Break (UH closed) – Thursday, Nov. 23 – Friday, Nov. 24.
  • Fall 2023 Commencement – Friday, Dec. 15. 7 p.m. Fertitta Center.
  • Winter Break (UH closed) – Monday, Dec. 25 – Monday, Jan. 1.
  • Stay tuned! Details about COE end-of-semester wind down and spring kickoff festivities coming soon!


Perspectives on Mental Health and Well Being



Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Belonging and Success 

  • Promotion and Tenure Review and NTT Promotion Process
    • For the tenure-track faculty candidates, the departmental-level reviews have been completed and have now moved on to the College P&T Committee.
    • For the clinical faculty candidates for promotion, the candidates have finalized their dossiers, and we are preparing to move the files forward for departmental-level review.
  • Faculty Hiring
    • Positions for 2023-24 hiring have been posted, and appointed search committees have convened. All positions are posted on the UH jobs website; stay tuned for the link to the COE jobs page.
    • Information sessions for the search committee members will be held Oct. 16, 17 and 18.
  • Staff Shout-Outs
    • Big thanks to the communications team for coordinating the headshot sessions!
    • Please email your “Staff Shout-outs” to Mimi Lee. We love celebrating you!

Associate Dean for Student Belonging and Success

  • Student Success Updates 
    • Our improved first-year student retention rates have drawn the attention of the SOS (Student Outreach Squad) University workgroup. They’ve asked Jeylan Yassin and Laura Lee (Undergraduate Success Team) to share with other colleges the strategies that helped increase the COE retention rate from 83.1% for the FA21 cohort to 86.9% for the FA22 cohort – a 3.8 point gain. Thanks for helping us achieve our student success goals!
  • Staff Updates 
    • Our newest advisors, Wendy Berrios (teaching and learning) and Alex Vela (health), have completed initial training and are now serving students. Visit our advising options website to learn more and share with students.
  • Faculty Reminders 
    • The COE Undergraduate Studies Committee has rescheduled its virtual session about the undergraduate course/degree/policy proposal process to Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Please RSVP to attend.
    • The spring 2024 class schedule is viewable to students, so it’s a great time to recommend that students meet with advisors about their future enrollment. Enrollment appointments were published Oct. 9 and priority registration begins Monday, Nov. 6. Students may make advising appointments through Navigate.
    • For those who work with graduating students, please remind them to apply right away; the late graduation deadline is Friday, Nov. 3.
    • Please consider nominating yourself for an appointment to the COE Student Grievance Committee. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 27. Please complete this short form
  • Resources
    • UH has launched two new free mental health resources for students: Togetherall, a clinically moderated, peer-to-peer 24/7 “chat” group, and Welltrack Boost, a self-guided app for assessing and addressing mental health issues.


  • Join us in welcoming Sharon House, MBA, as the department business administrator for Curriculum & Instruction! She brings with her 27 years of experience at UH!
  • All UH mandatory trainings for FY24 must be completed by this Nov. 17. To access the trainings, log into AccessUH and click on TAP Employee Online Training. Per policy, employes who do not complete the trainings by the deadline will not be eligible for any merit increases.


  • For important updates, be sure to read CITE News. The latest issue was emailed Oct. 11.


  • CoogsCARE: Know a Coog who has demonstrated extraordinary kindness or support, going above and beyond to help a student, colleague or alum? Email Ericka Mellon to share the story (self nominations OK) for a possible feature by UH. Share in real time throughout the year.

Need Help? Start Here: CoogsCARE


Editor’s note: External grant awards are listed under Office of Research after they are officially logged in the UH system. For publications, additional authors are not included.

Curriculum & Instruction


  • Jeannette Alarcón. “Photovoice: Visualizing the Engineering Identities of Sophomore-Level Students,” Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Sheng Kuan Chung. “Satire as a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking, and social awareness,” International Journal of Arts Education. “Talking Back With the Work of Aram Han Sifuentes,” Art Education. “Exploring Gender and Sexuality Issues in Visual Culture: A Case Study on Artivist Animations and Games,” International Journal of Arts Education.
  • Melissa Gallagher. “Preservice teachers equitably attending to and interpreting multilingual students’ mathematical thinking,” School Science and Mathematics [Special issue].
  • Anne Katz. “Create, construct, curate: Fostering community literacy around diverse children’s literature,” Texas Association for Literacy Education Yearbook.
  • Miao Li. “The impact of lexical specificity training on at-risk emergent bilinguals,” Applied Psycholinguistics.


  • Bernadette Castillo was elected program chair-elect for the AERA Latina/o/x Research Issues special interest group and will be program chair in 2024.
  • Alberto J. Rodriguez has been invited to be part of the core planning group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Collaborative for Advancing Science Teaching and Learning in K-12.


  • Jeannette Alarcón presented on health educators and cultural awareness in after-school settings at the American Educational Studies Association. She also presented on the connection between Marx and Foucault in education.
  • Shea Culpepper, Amber Thompson and Sam Brower presented on the need for high-quality and diverse teacher certification pathways at the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education.
  • Carrie Cutler presented at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators — Texas conference, where she wrapped up a three-year stint as vice president of advocacy.

Community Engagement

  • The art education program has been officially accepted as a community partner with Arts Connect Houston and has submitted four seed grant proposals to develop art education partnership projects with 12 to 15 HISD schools.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Kristi Santi served as keynote speaker for the Learning Disabilities Worldwide 31st Annual World Conference. She also hosted Lunch and Learn: Decoding the Science of Reading with Dr. Anne Cunningham.

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences 


  • Ann Chen. “Threat and Deprivation as Distinct Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress and Depression Symptoms in First and Second Generation Latinx Youth,” Applied Developmental Science.
  • Elizabeth Jelsma. “Relationships between sleep duration and health among US adults with a history of household incarceration,” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.


  •  Allison Master’s research has recently been referenced by media outlets, including Popular Science and The Post and Courier.


  • Allison Master delivered a talk on boosting girls’ interest in STEM as part of the UH Assistant Professor Excellence (APeX) Speaker Series.

Community Engagement

  • Virmarie Correa-Fernández served as a panelist for the Texas Juntos and Juntas Project on “Under-Utilization of Behavioral Health Services by Hispanic Texans.”


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Duncan Klussmann (ELPS), Melissa Gallagher (CUIN) and Cathy Horn (ELPS). 




  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) – Development of Culturally Tailored Content for Smoking Cessation and HIV Care Improvement among Latinx Adults: A Pilot Study (“VITAL”). National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. $253,664 (incl. 55% IDC). Virmarie Correa-Fernández (PHLS), other; Ezemenari Obasi (PHLS), lead grant PI.


  • Is Less More? Exploring the Implementation and Outcomes of Four Day School Weeks. Institute of Education Sciences. $1,063,825 (incl. 55% IDC). Toni Templeton (ELPS), PI; Sangah Lee (ELPS) and April Peters-Hawkins (ELPS), other personnel.
  • Alternative Pathways to High School Graduation: Exploring Implementation and Outcomes of a Voluntary State-Wide Policy. Institute of Education Sciences. $941,964 (incl. 55% IDC). Toni Templeton (ELPS), PI; Sangah Lee (ELPS) and Vincent Carales (ELPS), other personnel.
  • Stimulating cross-linguistic transfer: A translanguaging innovation to accelerate shared book reading vocabulary learning for emergent bilingual preschoolers. Institute of Education Sciences. $1,999,215 (incl. 55% IDC). Jorge Gonzalez (PHLS), PI; Mikel Cole (CUIN), co-investigator.
  • Assessing Academic Skills for Students with Autism: Comparing the Technical Adequacy and Usability of Curriculum-Based Measurement Delivered Remotely and In-Person. Institute of Education Sciences. $754,689 (incl. 55% IDC). Milena Keller-Margulis (PHLS), PI; Michael Matta (PHLS), co-investigator.
  • Recent Changes in the Long-Term Behavioral and Emotional Trends of Students with Disabilities. Institute of Education Sciences. $149,019 (incl. 55% IDC). Jorge Gonzalez (PHLS), PI.
  • Sense of Mattering: Exploring Development and Consequences for Girls’ Motivation and Achievement in Computer Science and Engineering. Institute of Education Sciences. $8,692 (incl. 55% IDC) Allison Master (PHLS), PI.
  • Development and Innovations of the TRANSLATE (Teaching Reading And New Strategic Language Approaches to Emergent bilinguals) Curriculum. Institute of Education Sciences. $137,476 (incl. 55% IDC). Mikel Cole (CUIN), PI.

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