Dean\'s Update – 1/11/2022
01/11/2022, 05:00:01 PM
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Jan. 11, 2022


Happy near year! While the pandemic persists and presents ongoing stress, I appreciate your commitment to mitigate risk by masking up indoors, getting vaccinated and boosted, and getting tested. Thank you for backing up colleagues who may be out sick and need support.

In case you missed President Khator’s Jan. 7 memo, UH has moved to a soft opening for the first two weeks of spring classes, giving more flexibility in course modality through Jan. 30. Please talk to your chair or supervisor with any questions or concerns and see the list of COVID-19 resources below.

We can continue to be compassionate as we build on our successes to hit new milestones in the year ahead. As the pandemic highlighted, we must innovate while accelerating our efforts to increase research activity, promote student success and advance equity to meet pressing needs.

As a reminder, please try to join the upcoming virtual job talks for our open faculty positions. And you may submit nominations for our College alumni and community awards by Feb. 8.

UH COVID-19 Resources

Onward with caution,


  • Job talks – Find the schedule as it develops for job talks with our faculty job candidates.
  • Staff Council virtual event with UH President Renu Khator – Thursday, Jan. 13. 1 – 2 p.m. RSVP here.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 17
  • First day of spring classes – Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • MLK Commemorative Celebration – Tuesday, Jan. 25. 6 – 8 p.m. Student Center South, Houston Room. The UH Center for Diversity and Inclusion event features actress, singer and producer Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins of the Netflix series “Dear White People.” Learn more.



Highlights of recent gifts:

  • $95,000 from the Rockwell Fund for the Cougar Tutors program run by the Advancing Community Engagement and Service (ACES) Institute (Anne McClellan)
  • $403,000 endowment from the estate of COE alumna Janelle Milling to support teacher education scholarships and programmatic support for teacher preparation
  • $50,000 from the Paul & Francis Terry Foundation in memory of alumna Francis Lenora Terry 
  • $10,000 from the Hillcroft Foundation to support COE general scholarships


  • Photos of students: Please have students complete a photo release form AND a FERPA form before posting any photos on social media, online or elsewhere. Both forms are on the COE intranet under Communications. Please email forms to Kathy Patnaude for record keeping. If you plan to regularly post class/student photos on social media, you may have students fill out both forms at the start of each semester to cover posts for that semester.
  • Requests for research participants: The College website includes a new webpage that will list requests from researchers for students to participate in studies. Studies listed must be IRB approved. Please direct researchers to that webpage to fill out the request form to be listed.


  • Managers must complete ePerformance documents to forward to senior managers by Friday, Jan. 28.


Editor’s note: Academic departmental kudos will return in February. 


  • Check out the latest media clips, featuring Duncan Klussmann (ELPS), Ezemenari Obasi (OOR/PHLS) and Elsa Gonzalez (ELPS).



  • Mapping Teachers Emotional Literacy Associated with STEM Activities. Spencer Foundation. $49,997. Alberto Rodriguez (CUIN), PI; Julie Dunsmore (PHLS), co-investigator.


  • How state laws and regulations contribute to the supply of classroom teachers in Texas. Philanthropy Advocates. $99,232 (incl. 15% IDC). Toni Templeton (ELPS), PI; Cathy Horn (ELPS), co-PI; Sherri Lowrey (ELPS), co-investigator.
  • Evaluation of Costs, Cost Effectiveness, and Scalability of a Multicomponent Youth Development Program: The Next Steps for the LEAD and UH Partnership. Spencer Foundation. $395,991 (incl. 15% IDC). Bradley Smith (PHLS), PI; Hanjoe Kim (PHLS), co-investigator.
  • Exploring the development of anti-racist mathematics teaching within student-teaching experiences. AERA Division K. $15,000. Jennifer Chauvot (CUIN), PI; Jeannette Alarcón (CUIN), co-PI.
  • Improving the Instructional Process of Teaching Activities of Daily Living (ADL) to Youth with Autism Using Virtual Reality Simulation and Biometric Feedback to Monitor Learning-Related Anxiety. Incuentro/NIH. $49,842 (incl. 55% IDC). Sarah Mire (PHLS), PI; Hanjoe Kim (PHLS), co-investigator.

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