Dean\'s Update - 2/9/2021
02/09/2021, 09:50:01 AM
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Feb. 9, 2021


I hope everyone is settling into the semester well! As you know, UH has rolled out its new strategic plan. You’ll see the direction we’ve been taking as a College aligns seamlessly with the top three goals:

  • Provide a top tier, inclusive educational experience to all
  • Build a research powerhouse that impacts our region and the world
  • Serve as an exemplar for equitable and inclusive community engagement

I’m pleased to announce that our efforts to advance equity will continue under the leadership of Clinical Associate Professor Sam Brower (CUIN) and Clinical Assistant Professor Tiffany J. Davis (ELPS). Please stay tuned for additional information.

I also appreciate the continued dedication to accelerating our research activity. According to a recent UH report, the College of Education ranked third-highest among all the colleges in awards received in FY 2020 based on dollar amount. This is excellent as we continue to work on increasing research expenditures in line with the University’s bold vision to be a top 50 public university.

As 2020 taught us, we can rise to a challenge.

Onward together,

Banner: Mask up and enjoy the “Color Field” exhibit outside Farish and around campus!


  • UH Day at the Capitol — Tuesday, Feb. 9. 6 – 7 p.m. Join the virtual advocacy event tonight! Registration required.
  • A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates Jr. — Thursday, Feb. 18. Noon. The UH Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee invites you to hear virtually from the executive producer, host and writer of PBS’s “The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song.” Learn more.
  • Job talks — Candidates for the ESL/bilingual clinical faculty position will present virtually on Thursday, Feb. 18 and Thursday, Feb. 25. More information to follow via email.
  • Spring Break day off — Friday, March 19



  • Managers must upload ePerformance documents by Monday, March 8.


  • Friendly reminder: If you plan to order items with the UH logo, the vendor must be licensed by UH. The communications team can provide a list of licensed vendors from UH Branding.
  • Find the latest version of the College’s Fast Facts flyer. The flyer is updated at least twice a year, so please reference the same link for the latest version.


  • Please remind students that our College of Education scholarship deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Current students are required to include a COE professor, advisor or staff member as a reference. References will be emailed a link to the reference form.


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


  • Melissa Gallagher. “Building an online learning module for satellite remote sensing applications in hydrologic science,” Remote Sensing. “An analysis of 15 journals’ literacy content, 2007-2016,” Journal of Literacy Research.
  • Sissy Wong. “The Professional Learning of Early Career Teachers: The Beliefs, Knowledge, and Practices of Secondary Science Teachers in their First Five Years,” Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
  • Neelofer Tajani. “Teacher Educators’ Perspective on Preservice Teacher Preparation/Coursework Provided to Engage Diverse Families for Student Learning,” Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice.
  • Carrie Cutler. “Teacher Tools to Support Calm, Self-Control, and Resilience,” Dimensions of Early Childhood.

Book Chapters

  • Melissa Gallagher. “Swimming against the current in a sea of low expectations: Louisiana teachers building their own professional capital,” Critical perspectives on teaching in the American South. “Designing professional development to support teachers’ productive beliefs, knowledge, and practices for teaching mathematics to English language learners,” Teaching mathematics to English language learners: Preparing pre-service and in-service teachers.


  • Susie Gronseth won the 2020 Early Career Achievement Award from the School of Education at Indiana University.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • April Peters-Hawkins. “I’m every woman: Advancing the intersectional leadership of Black women school leaders as anti-racist praxis,” Journal of School Leadership.
  • Detra Johnson. “Overidentification of African American students in special education: The impact of an inadequate referral process,” The Journal of Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. “Technology access and equity issues for students of color related to COVID19: A case study in an urban school district,” The Journal of Texas Alliance of Black School Educators. “Racial equity policy that moves implicit bias beyond a metaphor for individual prejudice to a means of exposing structural oppression,” Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.
  • Jacqueline Hawkins, Kristi Santi. “Evaluating a speech training software program called NativeAccent based on empirical studies,” Journal of English Learner Education. 
  • Vincent D. Carales. “‘Without them I couldn’t pay for my education, so here I am’: Latinx college graduates’ experiences with and perceptions of their student loan debt,” Association of Mexican American Educators Journal. 

Book Chapters

  • Detra Johnson. “Visionary and social justice leaders: Leading by example in educational environments,” African Americans in higher education: A critical study of social and philosophical foundations of Africana Culture. 

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences


  • Consuelo Arbona, Norma Olvera, Marcel de Dios. “Intolerance of uncertainty and DSM-5 PTSD symptom severity among trauma exposed Latina college women,” Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.
  • Julie Dunsmore. “Adjustment factors of attachment, hope, and motivation in emerging adult well-being,” Journal of Happiness Studies.
  • Isabel Martinez Leal, Lorraine Reitzel. “Empowered Choices: African-American Women’s Breast Reconstruction Decisions,” American Journal of Health Behavior. 
  • Yu Liu. “Horizons and group motivational enhancement therapy: HIV prevention for alcohol-using young black women,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “A comparison of FIML-versus multiple-imputation-based methods to test measurement invariance with incomplete ordinal variables,” Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal.
  • Nathan G. Smith. “Advocating for transgender and non-binary affirmative spaces in graduate education,” Higher Education.
  • Leslie Frankel, Hanjoe Kim. “Children’s schooling status: Household and individual factors associated with school enrollment, non-enrollment and dropping out among Ugandan children,” International Journal of Educational Research Open.
  • Rosenda Murillo, Yu Liu. “The role of neighborhood social cohesion in the association between seeing people walk and leisure-time walking among Latino adults,” Leisure Sciences.
  • Ann Chen, Lorraine Reitzel. “Examining Moment to Moment Affective Determinants of Smoking Rate Following a Quit Attempt among Homeless Daily Smokers,” Addictive Behaviors.


  • Kayce Solari Williams was elected to serve a second term as president of the American School Health Association.

Community Engagement

  • Sarah Mire delivered two invited presentations: “Dealing with anxiety: A parent primer to understanding anxiety in autism & helping kids on the spectrum” (The Westview School) and “Transitioning in educational settings for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities” (UT Heath Science Center).
  • Norma Olvera served on the planning committee and co-moderated four sessions as part of the COVID-19: Surviving and Thriving webinar series sponsored by the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Hispanic Health Coalition, African American Health Coalition and others.
  • Kayce Solari Williams was honored by the SUPERGirls SHINE Foundation for her work with the health internship experience. The foundation supports girls in underserved and underrepresented communities in STEM, innovation and leadership initiatives.



  • English Transformation Center for Sustainable and Scalable Success. University of Louisiana at Lafayette. $35,000 (incl. 8% IDC). Melissa Gallagher, PI (CUIN).
  • National Center for Research on Educator Diversity (NCRED). W.K. Kellogg Foundation. $200,000 (incl. 15% IDC). Conra Gist, PI (CUIN).


  • Periodic Metamaterial-based vibration isolation of sensitive equipment. NSF. $300,000 (incl. 55% IDC). Bradley Davis, Other (ELPS).
  • The racial equity special research grant. Spencer Foundation. $71,260. Elsa Gonzalez, PI (ELPS).
  • IRES Track I: U.S.-Mexico Collaboration of Multimodal Detection of Objectionable Content in Online Videos in Spanish and English. NSF. $299,716 (incl. 55%). Susie Gronseth, co-PI (CUIN).
  • 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, PI (CUIN).
  • Taking Texas Tobacco Free: Dissemination to and implementation within agencies serving Texans experiencing homelessness. CPRIT. $299,979 (incl. 5% IDC). Lorraine Reitzel, PI (PHLS); Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, co-investigator (PHLS); Ezemenari Obasi, co-investigator (PHLS); Ann Chen, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • CCRI New: Multimodal repository of questionable online content, data collection, annotations and challenges. NSF. $1,163,949 (incl. 55% IDC). Susie Gronseth, co-PI (CUIN).
  • GLOBE: Youth Team Training. Health Resources Services Administration. $1,919,766 (incl. 8% IDC). Consuelo Arbona, co-investigator (PHLS); Marcel de Dios, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • School re-entry for formerly incarcerated youth. Spencer Foundation. $341,383 (incl. 15% IDC). Virginia Rangel, PI (ELPS).
  • Mind the Gap: Facilitating Early Access to Public School Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder via Pediatric Primary Care. NIH. $146,015 (incl. 55% IDC). Sarah Mire, co-PI (PHLS); Hanjoe Kim, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • Elevating language learning instruction during preparation of science educators (ELLIPSE). NSF. $300,000 (incl. 55% IDC). Sissy Wong, PI (CUIN); Jie Zhang, co-PI (CUIN); Laveria Hutchinson, co-PI (CUIN).
  • Grandmothers’ role in emotion socialization: Mixed-methods measure development with African American Appalachian and Hispanic/Latina grandmothers. NIH. $4,435,528 (incl. 55% IDC). Julie Dunsmore, multi-PI (PHLS); Hanjoe Kim, co-investigator (PHLS); Norma Olvera, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • Improving Access to School-based Mental Health Interventions through brief instrumental School-based mentoring. Spencer Foundation. $154,303 (incl. 15% IDC). Jorge Gonzalez, co-PI (PHLS).
  • Project Translate Online. Vanderbilt/Spencer Foundation Transfer. $40,226 (incl. 15% IDC). Mikel Cole, PI (CUIN).

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