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News from the Center

Organizational Climate as a Faculty Resource Survey

UH tenured and tenure-track faculty will have the opportunity to contribute to the ADVANCE initiative by participating in the research study component of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored ADVANCE grant. Faculty members will be asked to complete a confidential, online survey that focuses on factors (e.g., resources, support from the chair, etc.) that affect faculty and departmental success. Consistent with NSF guidelines, the survey is designed to inform theory and (over time) assess progress toward the goals of the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success. The study is being conducted by ADVANCE social sciences team co-leaders – Dr. Alan Witt (Professor of Psychology) and Dr. Leanne Atwater (Professor of Management) – and a team of graduate students. The study is entitled “Organizational Climate as a Faculty Resource: A Multi-Dimensional, Latent Variable, Multi-Level Investigation” The survey will be conducted a total of three times over the next four years. The study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Houston's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects.

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The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and behavioral sciences fields.

Meet the Center Staff

Lisa Robertson, Stella Vasquez, and Charles Amos make up the staff for the Center for Advancing UH Faculty Success

The Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success recently opened its offices in the Ezekiel W. Cullen building. Lisa Robertson, Managing Director (center), Stella Vasquez, Executive Assistant (left), and Charles Amos, Research Associate (right), make up the team. Click here to learn more about the staff .



Letter from the Director
Provost Paula Myrick Short  

Welcome to the first edition of "Changing | Transforming: The Newsletter of the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success". As many of you know, the University earned a five-year Institutional Transformation grant from the National Science Foundation with a goal to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields through sustainable activities and programs that are part of a systemic effort that will ultimately transform our University.

As Director of the Center, I am pleased to report that we have made substantial progress during the past year. In addition to establishing an ADVANCE Center office in the Ezekiel Cullen Building, Lisa Robertson was appointed Managing Director in July. Several relevant and meaningful ADVANCE Center events have been held this year, and I encourage you to attend future events if you have not already.

The goals of the ADVANCE Center will bring positive change to our institution. The remarkable diversity of our student body is not reflected in our faculty, and it is important for us to mirror the extraordinary diversity of our community and region. Women in leadership positions are important, as they provide role models, as well as new perspectives on traditional functions. And finally, reaching forward toward gender equity and diversity in the faculty represents a fully inclusive climate, capitalizing our use of talent, creativity, and experience.

I invite you to learn more about the resources and goals of the ADVANCE Center by visiting our website , and also in person by engaging in ADVANCE events during the coming year. I look forward to partnering with you on this important initiative as we change and transform our University to achieve our greatest potential.

Warm regards,

Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D.
Director and Co-Principal Investigator
Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success


G.R.A.D.E. Camp Redefines STEM Field Roles

Engineering and computer science professions attract fewer women than other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields in the United States. For more than a decade, professors at the UH Cullen College of Engineering have worked to change this longstanding tradition by hosting summer engineering camps strictly for girls. Learn More

Amy Sater Named Chair of Biology and Biochemistry

Amy Sater, a professor on the University of Houston faculty for 22 years, has been named chair of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Sater has been a member of the department’s leadership team for nine years, serving in the elected position of Policy Leader for the Cell and Molecular Biology Division from 2006-2011, and as Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies from 2011 to June 2015. In addition to those roles, Sater has chaired departmental search committees and served on the graduate council. Learn More

Faculty and Staff Excellence Award Winners Honored at the UH Sugar Land Campus

Four faculty members in the University of Houston College of Technology were recognized with awards for research, teaching, and service, on May 1 at the UH Sugar Land campus. Dean William Fitzgibbon presented the awards and acknowledged the faculty advisory committee for their diligence in reviewing nominations and recommendation of award recipients. Learn More

$1.2 Million NSF Grant Boosts Effort to Increase Engineering Technology Scholars

The Engineering Technology Department is one of two departments at the University of Houston that has received a combined $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to support scholarships for students in engineering technology and computer science.

The money comes from the NSF’s S-STEM (Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Initiated several years ago, the program is intended to improve education opportunities and support programs for academically talented students with financial need in an effort to boost the nation’s STEM workforce. Learn More

UH Professor Chosen as Fulbright Specialist to Participate as Field Expert

Dr. Rupa Iyer, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies of the College of Technology at the University of Houston has been recommended for the Fulbright Specialist Roster after receiving the endorsement from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The Specialist Roster is a prestigious list of experts who provide assistance with projects requiring their specialized knowledge, skills or research. Learn More

Summer Institute at UH Strengthens Social and Policy Science Scholarship

Graduate students from Houston and across the country converged at the University of Houston to participate in the EITM Summer Institute 2015 in June. Hosted by the Hobby Center for Public Policy, the institute helps its participants sharpen their dissertations and research projects.

“Typically, students are taught mathematical and empirical testing in separate courses. EITM instructs students in how to merge the two,” said Jim Granato, professor and director of the Hobby Center for Public Policy (HCPP). “It’s fundamental to science exercises for theories and tests to link in a transparent way so that we can build on that research.” Learn More

STEP Changes the Way Students Learn

The College of Education hosted more than 100 Houston area science teachers in July for professional development provided by the STEM Teaching Equity Project (STEP). Teachers completed 40 - 60 hours of training led by UH STEM and Education faculty, STEP staff, and K12 master science teachers. STEP training enhances teachers’ science content knowledge and inquiry-based instructional strategies. Learn More

 Recruitment and Retention    Diversity and Inclusion
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 Work-Life Infrastructure    Professional Engagement

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UC Berkeley and Berkeley-Haas examines the difference between work-life integration and work-life balance.


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Women as bosses still face bias.

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Lisa Robertson
Managing Director, Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success | 713-743-4210 |