Changing | Transforming: The Newsletter of the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success

Upcoming ADVANCE Events

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 by recruiting more diverse faculty, providing clear opportunities for advancement and career development, and providing an inclusive and balanced work environment.


Save the Date for the Mid-Career Faculty Workshop
Save the date for the upcoming Roadmap to Full: A Workshop for ADVANCE Women Associate Professors on May 2, 2017. The workshop will feature keynote speaker Dr. Alicia Monroe, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine.

This workshop serves tenured and tenure-track women in STEM and Social/Behavioral Science fields. Goals of the workshop are to provide participants with tools to determine promotion-readiness, and with an overview of benefits of promotion to Full along with the mechanics of  the promotion process.

  Children's Learning Center 
  Children pose at the Children's Learning Center on the UH campus. Photo by Dailey Hubbard, courtesy of the Children's Learning Center.

ADVANCE Center Changes Childcare Spots to Benefit Faculty
Through the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success, the policy regarding options for children of faculty to attend the Children's Learning Centers (CLC) on campus has been changed. Previously, the Office of the Provost had up to 10 infant care spots for use in the recruitment of female faculty. The new policy has changed to include 15 spots for use at the Provost's discretion, split evenly among infants, toddlers, and pre-K children.

The Children's Learning Centers will also commit to offering current UH faculty access to a spot at the CLC if they apply one semester in advance and are interested in a beginning of semester start date. Founded in 1975, the CLC has two locations on campus with a combined capacity of 221 children. Their mission is to provide a nationally accredited exemplary early childhood program that supports the student, staff, and faculty of the University of Houston (UH) while at the same time encourages UH student success by offering opportunities for learning, discovery, and engagement.


  Debora Rodrigues Yandi Hu
  Debora Rodrigues (top) and Yandi Hu are improving the water purification process. Photos courtesy of the Cullen College of Engineering.

UH Engineers Join Forces to Transform Water Purification System
When it comes to clean water, Yandi Hu and Debora Rodrigues have a thirst for it. Hu, UH assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, works with Flint, Michigan on their water crisis and conducts research on reducing lead release in water lines. Rodrigues, UH associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, helps improve global access to clean water with a nano-sized technology that can weed out metals and microorganisms from drinking sources. Now they've teamed up and received a grant for $184,000 from the Qatar National Research Fund to change the world of water purification by making it more efficient and less expensive. Learn More

CLASS Doctoral Candidate's Research on Minority Women and Politics has Relevance to Current Events
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Student Kenicia Wright explores the unique experiences of minority females when it comes to political representation. Being both female and African American, Wright notes that the effects of overlapping social identities, such as race and gender, should not be overlooked.

"America is one of the most racially diverse democracies," says Wright. "Despite this and the fact that representation is a core element of democracy, minority women are still substantially under-represented. I address this shortcoming in my dissertation, 'The Ties That Do Not Bind: Social Capital, Minority Female Representation, and Social Inequality in the U.S.'" Learn More

  Tomika Greer
  Dr. Tomika Greer,  Associate Professor of Human Development and Consumer Sciences. Photo courtesy of the College of Technology.

Women in Technology: Dr. Tomika Greer
Just a few years after completing her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Tomika Greer became fascinated by discovering new ways to effectively implement technology that would enhance learning and support student success. With that inspiration, she pursued a master’s degree in instructional technology from Texas Tech University and subsequently earned her doctorate degree in human resource development at Texas A&M University. Greer joined the University of Houston in 2010 and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the human resource development program. A coach and mentor for many students, Dr. Greer is a member of the undergraduate curriculum committee and oversees internships working with students to identify opportunities to apply and practice what they have learned. Particularly, she is interested in career development for women and minorities. Her research explores trends and challenges associated with curriculum, pedagogy, and outcomes of academic programs, which has been published in Advances in Developing Human Resources; a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to research-to-practice implications of HRD topics. Read her full interview with the College of Technology


Paula Myrick Short, Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success
Christiane Spitzmueller, Managing Director, Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success | 713.743.4210 |

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