Dean\'s Update - 6/9/2020 - Corrected
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June 9, 2020


Like many of you, I watched Monday as thousands of adults and children wearing masks lined up to pay their respects to George Floyd at a southwest Houston church. As COVID-19 continues to send people to hospitals, we’re mourning the lives of too many Black lives lost and, I hope, moving toward long overdue action to address systemic racism in this country.

In the coming days, you will receive an email asking if you’re interested in serving on the new College committees we’re forming to look inward and propose specific action steps toward equity. This is not a weeks-long conversation. This is our College mission. As I mentioned in my earlier message, we will accelerate and refine our work to end inequities in education and health.

We have hard but important work ahead as we also prepare for mostly virtual instruction in the fall. Now more than ever we must deliver high-quality learning experiences that ready our students to become the change agents the world needs.

Onward toward change,

Banner: Alex Roman’s mural on Scott Food Mart, in walking distance of campus

Editor’s note: This version corrects name omissions.


  • Independence Day holiday – Friday, July 3
  • APA 2020 Conference – Aug. 6 – 9, virtual event
  • COE Faculty & Staff Welcome Back – A virtual meeting and awards ceremony. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


Faculty Promotions and Status
Big kudos to Chakema Carmack (PHLS) and Rosenda Murillo (PHLS) for earning promotions to associate professor with tenure! We’re also thrilled to announce that Lee Mountain (CUIN) and Augustina Reyes (ELPS) have earned professor emeritus status.
In the News
Associate Dean for Research Ezemenari Obasi discussed the traumatic effects of George Floyd's death and next steps needed to bring about change on KTRK-TV Monday. Counseling psychology Ph.D. student Temara Holt (PHLS) also discussed the mental health impact of Floyd’s death on KPRC-2.


Editor’s note: Collection of information is limited over the summer.

Curriculum & Instruction


  • Jerome Freiberg, “Classroom Management Meta-Review Continuation of Research-Based Programs for Preventing and Solving Discipline Problems,” Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.

COE Stories

  • Carrie Cutler, who earned a UH Teaching Excellence Award this spring, reflects on her teaching style and new book in this Q&A.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


  • Vincent Carales and Ruth López, “Challenging Deficit Views of Latinx Students: A Strength‐based Perspective," New Directions for Community Colleges.
  • Ruth López, “Discursive De/Humanizing: A Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis of Television News Representations of Undocumented Youth," Education Policy Analysis.
  • Ruth López, “Bridging Silos in Higher Education: Using Chicana Feminist Participatory Action Research to Honor and Support Latina Resilience,” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.


  • Yonelly Gutierrez has been elected president of the UH Hispanic Alumni Association for a two-year term.

In the News

  • Duncan Klussmann discusses the reopening of schools on Houston Public Media.

COE Stories

  • Yali Zou shares how the Asian American Studies Center is implementing a mentoring program and increasing community engagement thanks to a UH Multicultural Success Initiative grant.

Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences

COE Stories

  • Lorraine Reitzel explains how she pivoted her CPRIT grant to focus on helping individuals reduce tobacco use during COVID-19 and times of crisis.


  • This week we will begin the Curriculog process to update courses and catalog information for the next academic year. The Graduate School sent the information this morning. Details will follow before the end of the week. However, we encourage you to begin working on the changes you will need to submit. You can find the forms on the intranet under Faculty Information/Forms. The deadline is Sept. 30.



  • Advancing Literacy Learning Through University-Engaged Service Learning and Reading Roundup Implementation. Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation. $300,000 (incl 5% IDC). Anne McClellan, PI (Dean’s Office), Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz, co-PI (PHLS).
  • Region 14 Comprehensive Centers Program. Westat. $1,000,000 (incl 8% IDC). Anne McClellan, PI (Dean’s Office), Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz, co-PI (PHLS).


  • RaceB4Race and Professional Learning for Educators: Building Compassion and Capacity in High School Classrooms Through Critical Race Inquiry. Spencer Foundation. $49,800. Laura Turchi, PI (CUIN).
  • COVID-Related Pivot Funding: Measuring Academic Skill Development for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Science Foundation. $3,000. Sarah Mire, co-PI (PHLS), Milena Keller-Margulis, co-PI (PHLS).
  • Improving Equity through Corequisite Remediation: Strategies that increase success among racial/ethnic minority and low-income students. Start Strong to Finish. $471,880 (incl 8% IDC). Lyle McKinney, PI (ELPS).
  • Smokefree Public Housing: Improving Adherence and Smoking Cessation in African American Housing Communities. NIH. $280,566 (incl 53% IDC). Lorraine Reitzel, PI (PHLS).
  • Connect iNSHAPE Intervention for Hispanics with Diabetes. American Dietetics Association. $100,000 (incl 10% IDC). Norma Olvera, PI (PHLS).
  • Playgroups for toddler health promotion: A randomized control trial. NIH. $2,174,283 (incl 53% IDC). Norma Olvera, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Racial & Ethnic Minority Cancer Patients’ Experiences of Care & Health-Related Quality of Life: A Cross-Sectional Study on Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. NIH. $153,000 (incl 53% IDC). Lorraine Reitzel, PI (PHLS), Tzu-An Chen, co-investigator (PHLS).
  • 2020 SEED US PREP: Implementing Sustainable Residencies at Scale. Office of Elementary & Secondary Education through Texas Tech University. $1,050,000 (incl 8% IDC). Mimi Lee, co-PI (CUIN), Amber Thompson, co-PI (CUIN), Shea Culpepper, co-PI (CUIN).
  • Online Teaching Dispositions of STEM Teachers during a Pandemic. Spencer Foundation. $15,000. Weihua Fan, PI (PHLS).
  • Enhancing Hybrid Sheltered English Instruction for Secondary English Learners with Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices. $50,000. Spencer Foundation. Jie Zhang, PI (CUIN), Laveria Hutchison, co-PI (CUIN).
  • Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Support during Children's Distance Learning: A mixed methods study. Spencer Foundation. $49,897. Miao Li, PI (CUIN), Jorge Gonzalez, other (PHLS).
  • A Culturally Tailored Motivational Interviewing Intervention to Enhance Adherence among Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Patients Customized by Social Determinants of Health and Past Adherence Patterns. NIH. $1,486.519 (incl 55% IDC). Rosenda Murillo, co-investigator (PHLS).

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