Dean\'s Update – 11/29/2023
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Dean's Update: Information for Faculty and Staff: Image of a group of people who work in the office of student success at the UH College of Education

Nov. 29, 2023


All — I hope you’re feeling rested and recharged after the holiday. Recently, I have been thinking a lot about time — how precious and sometimes illusive it is. As we go into these final weeks of the semester, I am mindful of the important individual “to do’s” we each have and the energy we need to tap into to mark them off. We also have a shared list that includes hosting job candidates, enjoying a well-deserved break with cocoa, cider, and colleagues (please RSVP!), and participating in graduation (there are still opportunities to volunteer). Thank you for holding space for all of these worthy investments of time.

Fundamentally, this season reminds us that for each of us to succeed, we need to invest time in each other. I am grateful for your generosity in this respect; we benefit both as individuals and as a community. As Chief Seattle said, “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”


Banner caption: Our undergraduate student success advising team took a photo break during the recent Community Carnival.


  • Hot Chocolate, Cider, Conversation & Community – Connect with your COE colleagues before Winter Break, and help stock Cougar Cupboard 2 with non-perishable food and toiletries for students. Wednesday, Dec. 13. 2 to 4 p.m. KIVA. Hosted by Dean Cathy Horn and Associate Dean Mimi Lee. Please RSVP.
  • Fall 2023 Commencement – Friday, Dec. 15. 7 p.m. Fertitta Center. Sign up to volunteer!
  • Winter Break (UH closed) – Monday, Dec. 25 – Monday, Jan. 1.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (UH closed) – Monday, Jan. 15.
  • Spring 2024 Commencement – Thursday, May 9. 7 p.m. Fertitta Center.
  • Stay tuned: Details about spring kickoff festivities coming soon!



  • Please encourage students to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The 2024-25 form has been simplified and will be available in December. Due to the late availability (the form usually opens in October), UH has extended its priority admission deadline to March 15. Learn more about the FAFSA changes.

Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Belonging and Success 

  • Promotion and Tenure Review and NTT Promotion Process
    • For the tenure-track faculty candidates, the dean’s review has been completed and the files are being prepared for university-level review.  
    • For the clinical faculty candidates for promotion, the department-level review is in progress.  
  • Faculty Hiring
    • Search committees are hard at work, and finalist interviews for some positions will take place in December. Please note that the learning, design and technology position is now for an associate professor with tenure or a professor with tenure. In addition to the eight original postings, we’re also hiring for an assistant professor in the area of minority health and health disparities. See all postings on our COE faculty jobs page.
  • Resources
    • Check out CITE Lab’s Training Library for tips on Canvas, accessibility and more.

Associate Dean for Student Belonging and Success

  • Faculty Reminders 
    • Curriculog remains open for submitting proposals for graduate course creations, revisions, deletions, and catalog updates for 2024-25. The departmental review and approval deadline for substantive changes is Dec. 1.
    • Undergraduate faculty, we’d like to get a sense of what course proposals you’re working on. Please visit the anticipated proposal document before Dec. 15.
    • Grades are due Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. Please see the Nov. 20 email from Velvette Laurence for guidance using Canvas.
    • Please continue to encourage students (undergraduate and graduate) to connect with their academic advisors to plan for spring enrollment.


  • Headshots: Round two participants should receive their edited headshots within two weeks. Thanks to everyone who participated!
  • Email signatures: Please read through UH’s email signature guidelines and use the signature generator for consistency (you may adapt some parts, but try to follow the general intention).
  • MyCOE Intranet: Resources on MyCOE include letterhead, UH-approved statements (EO/AA, ADA and university boilerplate), food permit applications and more. Send ideas and calendar items to Ericka Mellon at


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.


Sam Brower has assumed the role of chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction after serving as interim associate chair and director of the curriculum and instruction M.Ed. program. A clinical professor of social studies/social education, he previously served as co-chair of the College’s Committee to Advance Equity, Justice, and Belonging. He joined the College faculty in 2012.
Kristen Hassett Kristen Hassett has assumed the role of chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies after serving as interim chair. She previously served as program director for the special populations M.Ed., undergraduate program, and certification. A clinical professor, she is a nationally certified school psychologist as well as a licensed specialist in school psychology and a licensed psychologist in Texas. She joined the College faculty in 2010.

Curriculum & Instruction

Internal Grants

  • Carrie Cutler received a UH Alternative Textbook Award for a graduate mathematics education course she’s designing.


  • Joanna Batt. “Part of whose world?: The Little Mermaid and other racial backlashes in fantasy film/television casting as racial projects for social studies classrooms,” Social Studies Research and Practice. “It always had your heart, now it has your curiosity: Versions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid as lessons in dominant and counter racial narratives,” Oregon Journal of the Social Studies.
  • Mikel Cole, Jie Zhang. “‘We want them all to speak English, so no Spanish’: Preservice teachers’ language ideologies toward emergent bilinguals,” Journal of Education, Language, and Ideology.   
  • Mikel Cole. “Multilingual teaching and digital tools: The intersections of new literacies and language learning,” Journal of Multicultural Education (Special issue: CALLing Out Culture: The Interplay Between Language, Technology, and Culture).
  • Bulent Dogan. “Grammar Teaching through Digital Stories: A Study on Developing a Module,” International Technology and Education Journal.
  • Miao Li. “Using phoneme discrimination to help emergent bilinguals with reading disabilities acquire new sounds,” Teaching Exceptional Children.  

Book Chapters

  • Melissa Gallagher. “Building relationships and connecting pedagogy through faculty learning communities in a teacher preparation program.” In “Faculty learning communities: Working towards a more equitable, just, and anti-racist future in higher education.”


  • Joanna Batt won the 2023 National Council for the Social Studies Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award.
  • Funded by a grant from Houston Arts Alliance, Sheng Kuan Chung is showing his new art series at Watercolor Art Society Houston. Also, as a core artist at Ardest Art Gallery in The Woodlands, his ongoing art exhibition can be seen there. 
  • Susie Gronseth was recognized at the Educational Technology Research and Development journal board meeting with the ETR&D 2023 Editors Reviewer Excellence Award.   
  • Miao Li received a grant from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for her research on reading difficulties in dual language learners.
  • Tairan Qui received the competitive Reading Hall of Fame Emerging Scholar Fellowship.


  • Joanna Batt presented on movie casting backlashes as racial projects for social studies classrooms at the National Council for the Social Studies College and University Faculty Assembly.
  • Carrie Cutler and Justin Burris presented on three-act tasks and fostering belonging in math at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 
  • Susie Gronseth served as a panelist about the recent history of learning, design and technology at the Association for Educational Communications & Technology International Convention. She also served as co-organizer for the International Conference on Education Quality at Ibn Zohr University in Morocco and presented at five sessions.
  • Vera Hutchison presented on the science of teaching reading and culturally responsive approaches at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention.
  • Xin Li presented on urban teacher residency programs at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference.

Community Engagement

  • Heather Domjan hosted a STEM ZONE event for nearly 120 K-12 students, giving them the opportunity to engage with industry experts and participate in STEM activities.
  • Anne Katz and Paty Siller worked with about 100 students to create family literacy letters and projects around diverse children’s books that were then donated as part of their field experiences.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Books/Book Chapters

  • Kmt Shockley’s book, “A Soul-Centered Approach to Educating Teachers,” has been released.


  •  Vincent Carales was named a policy fellow for the Latino Texas Policy Center’s Translating Latino Research Into Policy Symposium.


  • Heather Dulas presented at the International Division of Career Development and Transition Conference on perceptions of educators using job coaching to increase workplace social skills for individuals with disabilities.
  • Kristi Santi led a two-day professional development series for teachers in Massachusetts on integrating core reading skills across content areas to provide inclusive educational settings for all students.
  • Kmt Shockley delivered a keynote lecture, “African Centered Education:  A Global Imperative,” at the University of Ghana.

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences 


  • Julie Dunsmore. “Patterns of Latina mothers’ emotion-related beliefs and behaviors: Associations with consejos in the family,” Journal of Latinx Psychology.
  • Leslie Frankel. “Depression During the Postpartum Period and Impacts on Parent-Child Relationships: A Narrative Review,” Journal of Genetic Psychology.
  • Milena Keller-Margulis, Weihua Fan, Amber Thompson (CUIN). “Pre-Service Teachers and Multi-tiered Systems of Support: Examining Foundational Perceptions and Skills,” Research and Practice in the Schools.
  • Allison Master, Weihua Fan, Virginia Snodgrass Rangel (ELPS). “Achievement emotions predict transfer student academic success,” Social Psychology of Education.
  • Norma Olvera, Weihua Fan, Consuelo Arbona. “Weight concern, body image dissatisfaction among Hispanic and African American women,” Women.


  • Allison Master participated in the NSF INTERACT Incubator meeting to design infrastructure to support research on STEM equity.
  • Norma Olvera received the Revolution Award from La Asociación para el Reconocimiento del Talento Escondido (A.R.T.E.) in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate in Houston for her work with BOUNCE to promote a healthy lifestyle among the Hispanic community. She also was was honored by Life Management Centers, which provides mental health services to children, for her work with BOUNCE and the Hispanic Health Coalition.


  • Norma Olvera presented on Hispanic health protective and risk factors at the UT School of Public Health for Hispanic Heritage Month. She also presented on a panel on the state of Latine children sponsored by Children at Risk.

Community Engagement

  • Virmarie Correa Fernández served as an advisory board member for the SmokefreeSGM - Español project affiliated with UTHealth Houston; the project develops and tests a text-based smoking cessation program for sexual and gender minorities.


  • Check out the latest media clips, most recently featuring Toni Templeton (ELPS/ERC), Duncan Klussmann (ELPS), Sam Brower (CUIN) and Melissa Gallagher (CUIN).




  • Nominations for UH’s Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity will now be accepted until Monday, Jan. 15. Submit nomination packets here.


  • None to report this month


  • Development of a parent intervention to increase responsive feeding. National Institutes of Health. $574,166 (incl. 57% IDC). Leslie Frankel, PI (PHLS).
  • Parental emotion coaching and elaboration in early adolescence: Protective roles for behavior problems. National Institutes of Health. $3,544,257 (incl. 57% IDC). Julie Dunsmore, PI (PHLS); Weihua Fan (PHLS) and Toya Conston (PHLS), co-investigators.
  • Write from the Start. National Institutes of Health. $1,946,062 (incl. 55% IDC). Susie Gronseth (CUIN), co-investigator.
  • Immersive Reality: Using a Collaborative Community of Peers to Attract, Select, Prepare, and Retain the Future STEM Workforce. National Science Foundation. $498,660 (incl. 55% IDC). Laveria Hutchison (CUIN), co-investigator; Virginia Snodgrass Rangel (ELPS), other personnel.
  • The UH Art Educator Mentorship Program to Increase Student Impact (Project 1). Arts Connect Houston. $3,500. The UH Art Educator Mentorship Program to Increase Student Impact (Project 2). Arts Connect Houston. $3,500. Sheng Chung (CUIN), PI.
  • Advancing Art Education: Professional Development Focus Group to Increase Student Impact (Group 1). Arts Connect Houston. $3,500. Advancing Art Education: Professional Development Focus Group to Increase Student Impact (Group 2). Arts Connect Houston. $3,500. Sheng Chung (CUIN), PI.

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