Dean\'s Update – 12/13/2022
12/13/2022, 03:30:02 PM
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Dec. 13, 2022


All — As we approach the conclusion of this semester and this year, I reflect on the complexity that comes with the ends of cycles. There is often relief, even excitement, in closing out — an opportunity to celebrate successes, reflect on challenges, and mark conclusions. There’s also anxiousness — about what remains undone or the uncertainty of what lies ahead. We are digging deep into our stores of energy and patience and care to make sure that fall 2022 ends, personally and professionally, in ways we can feel good about.

The Nike basketball tagline of several years ago encourages us, “Finish Strong. Leave Stronger.” I am grateful that our co-created College of Education General Ethics Principles Guide serves as a north star as we seek to leave this and every semester stronger. These six principles set values and expectations core to a healthy working and learning environment. As we encounter head winds, I encourage each of us to intentionally draw back to who we have said we are, colleagues who: treat all people with dignity and respect; foster healthy and caring relationships; strive for excellence; serve the profession with integrity; communicate clearly and openly; and promote trust and confidence.

Thank you all for what you do and, more importantly, who you are. Here’s to a bright 2023!


P.S. I look forward to seeing you all at Commencement this Friday!

Banner caption: Discussing the COE mission at the Faculty & Staff Breakfast at the start of the semester


  • Fall 2022 Commencement — Friday, Dec. 16. 7 p.m. Fertitta Center.
  • Winter Break — Monday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 30 (University is closed).
  • Martin Luther King Holiday — Monday, Jan. 16
  • First day of spring 2023 classes — Tuesday, Jan. 17


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

  • Promotion and Tenure Review
    • For the tenure-track faculty candidates, all reviews at the College have been completed.
    • For the clinical and research faculty candidates for promotion, the department committee reviews are underway.

Associate Dean for Student Equity, Belonging, and Success

  • Student Success Updates 
    • Thank you to all faculty who completed the Student Success Faculty Questionnaire! Your feedback will be helpful as we continue to plan to holistically support student equity, belonging, and success.
    • In addition to regular advising meetings, the undergraduate advising team is offering virtual drop-in advising throughout the rest of the year. Please encourage health students, teaching and learning majors, or education minors to join in on Thursdays if they have any questions. 
  • Staff Updates 
    • We are excited to welcome Brittni Sparks to our team. She serves as certification coordinator and provides support and guidance to candidates relating to testing and certification. She began her career in education in 2010 and is currently a candidate for her Ed.D. in educational leadership.
    • Congratulations to assessment coordinator Mario Martinez, who recently published “What Do People Write About COVID-19 And Teaching, Publicly? Insulators And Threats To Newly Habituated And Institutionalized Practices For Instruction,” PLOS ONE.
  • Graduate Faculty Reminders 
    • The graduate advising team is currently auditing prospective student applications. Faculty, it’s important that you confirm your CollegeNet access and remember we are available if you need training or support!
    • To help streamline communication, please send all application admissions questions, as well as prospective student questions, to We are happy to assist! 


  • Friendly reminder to connect to the UHVPN system for a few hours at least once a week for ongoing maintenance.


  • IMPORTANT TikTok announcement: Please review the Dec. 9 memo from Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs Dona H. Cornell and Senior Vice Chancellor and CIO Dennis Fouty. In summary:
    • UH-sponsored TikTok accounts must be deactivated, once the account data has been retrieved for records retention. If your program, research lab or similar entity has a TikTok account, please contact COE communications director Ericka Mellon.
    • Faculty, staff and students may NOT use TikTok on any University device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet (whether using the UH device on campus or remotely).
    • Student groups CAN keep their accounts. They may NOT access them from a UH device.
  • Please reach out to Ericka Mellon with any questions and she’ll facilitate getting answers.


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

Internal Awards

  • Bulent Dogan’s LEADERS spring technology camp was funded by the Provost’s Office through the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE) program.
  • Anne Katz’s “Community Literacy Engagement” project was funded by the Provost’s Office through the CITE initiative.


  • Jie Zhang, Sissy Wong. “Improving Sixth-grade Adolescents’ Argumentative Writing Through Dialogic Inquiry of Socioscientific Issues,” Journal of Writing Research. 


  • Sheng Kuan Chung’s “Mirage” painting won “Best of Show” at the 2022 Texas Art Education Association Members Art Show juried by Tunisian-French artist eL Seed.


  • Sheng Kuan Chung presented three papers (“Revisiting Critical Visual Culture,” “Teach ’em to Talk Back!” and “Deconstructing Oppression”) at the 2022 Texas Art Education Association Convention.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • The ELPS department welcomes Deborah Gary to the role of office assistant, in partnership with PHLS.

Books/Book Chapters

  • Kmt Shockley received a contract to publish his new co-edited book, “A Soul-Centered Approach to Educating Teachers: A Black Education Network.”


  • Tiffany J. Davis was an invited presenter for the Association for the Study of Higher Education research workshop series “Understanding the Power and Potential of Mixed Method Designs in Higher Education.” 

  • Tiffany J. Davis and April L. Peters-Hawkins were invited presenters at the ASHE meeting for “The Convergence of Intersectional Epistemologies: Humanizing Black Women’s Knowing and Being in the Academy” symposium discussing their recent book chapter, “Sista Circles with SistUH Scholars: Socializing Black Women Doctoral Students.”

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences


  • The PHLS department welcomes Deborah Gary to the role of office assistant, in partnership with ELPS.


  • Ann Chen. “Smoking Intervention Practices in Texas Healthcare Centers with Sexual and Gender Minority Patients,” Health Behavior and Policy Review.
  • Virmarie Correa-Fernández. “Similarities and Differences in Alcohol & Other Drug Dependence Among Hispanic/Latino Subgroups: A Disaggregation Approach,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports.
  • Kara Hurt-Avila. “Foreign-Born Counselor Educators’ Professional Identity Development,” Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy.
  • Milena Keller-Margulis. “A Comparison of Reading Screeners for Kindergartners: The Texas Primary Reading Inventory and Acadience Reading,” Assessment for Effective Intervention. “Contributions of Inattention, Hyperactivity-Impulsivity, and Reading to Performance on a Fourth-Grade State Writing Test,” Journal of School Psychology.
  • Hanjoe Kim. “Quantifying pharyngeal residue across the adult lifespan: Normative values by age, gender and swallow task,” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
  • Kayce Solari Williams. “Learning Through Doing: Comprehensive Programming for a Training Program in Cancer Disparities,” Journal of Cancer Education.

Books/Book Chapters

  • Allison Master. “Math is for me: A field intervention to strengthen math self-concepts in Spanish-speaking 3rd grade children” in “School achievement and failure: Prevention and intervention strategies.”


  • Julie Dunsmore was invited to be a senior advisor for the Editorial Board of Mental Health and Prevention (2022 –25).
  • Saira Rab completed the Association of College and University Educators Effective Teaching Certification program.
  • Kayce Solari Williams received the UH Global Faculty Development Award in support of travel to the Dominican Republic to facilitate efforts to reinstate the faculty-led learning abroad program.


  • Allison Master served as a panelist on the tenure-track job negotiation panel presented by the AERA Motivation Special Interest Group. She also gave a talk related to gender identity and stereotype development at the Engendering Success in STEM Consortium annual meeting.

Community Engagement

  • Allison Master was featured in the Science Journal for Kids “Ask A Scientist” video segment discussing “What about gender stereotypes?”.


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Sam Brower (CUIN) and Cathy Horn (ELPS).




  • No awards to report this month


  • TEA Commissioner’s List for Pre-K Assessment. Texas Education Agency. $77,000 (incl. 8% IDC). Kristi Santi (ELPS), PI.

  • Training Parents to Use Less Nonresponsive Feeding Practices Regardless of Parent Weight Status. NIH. $422,689 (incl. 55% IDC). Leslie Frankel (PHLS), PI; Hanjoe Kim (PHLS), co-investigator.

  • Designing an Online Gamified Intervention to Advance Morphological Knowledge in Emergent Bilinguals. NIH. $426,250 (incl. 55% IDC). Miao Li (CUIN), PI; Mikel Cole (CUIN), Bulent Dogan (CUIN), Jie Zhang (CUIN), co-investigators.

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