Dr. Antonio D. Tillis
M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies
Dr. Antonio D. Tillis is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and M. D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an Afro-Hispanic emphasis from the University of Missouri, his Master of Science in Spanish literature from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.
A nationally and internationally acclaimed scholar and author, he specializes in Latin American, Afro-Latin American and African Diaspora literatures.
He has held international visiting positions at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica), and has delivered lectures in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, Jamaica, Trinidad, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ghana, China and Spain.
Executive Assistant to the Dean
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Sheba Hopkins is the Executive Assistant to the Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Houston. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she served in high-level executive administrative leadership roles in the public and private sectors with national and global conglomerates including American International Group (AIG), Texas Children’s Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-McGovern Medical School the sixth largest medical school in the United States.
Professor Bencomo has served as Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies (2010-2013), as UH Senate representative (2007-2010), and as Graduate Director (2004-2007). She was also a founding faculty and member of the Board of Directors of the UH Center for Teaching Excellence. She is a recipient of the 2011 UH Teaching Excellence Award. Bencomo received her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and M.A. in Latin American Literature from the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela).
Dr. Fishman, Professor of History, specializes in Modern French history, focusing on twentieth-century social and gender history in the years around World War II. She received her Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She has published several books including, “ We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War 1940-1945,” and “T he Battle for Children: World War II, Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth-Century France.” Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Undergraduate Director in the UH Department of History. As Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, she works with faculty and students on curriculum and policy issues for the college, as well as on undergraduate grievances and academic honesty.
Dr. Patterson is an associate professor of history specializing in early modern British and urban history. Professor Patterson received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary. She teaches early-modern British and European history. She has published " Urban Patronage in Early Modern England: Corporate Boroughs, the Landed Elite, and the Crown in England, 1580-1640", as well as numerous articles. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department. She has also chaired the College’s Faculty Governance and Advisory Committee.
J. Robert McKee is Executive Director of College Business Operations for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Antioch College. Prior to joining the University of Houston, he served as Director of Business Operations with Boston University School of Medicine Graduate Medical Sciences and has held director-level finance positions in London and at Texas A&M University System in College Station. He has over 25 years of business, finance, accounting, forecasting, project and asset management, and business development experience in multiple industries including higher education, business, government and international services.
Toni Mooney Smith is the Executive Director of Communications for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She received a Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Houston. She has successfully secured major communication, marketing and press opportunities with global and national media outlets including CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today, to name a few. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she served in director-level roles in communications, marketing, and public affairs in academia and healthcare. She is recognized as an elite member of the distinguished University of Houston's 1,000-Point Club based on her basketball achievements with the Lady Coogs.
Dr. Amy O'Neal earned her bachelor's degree in history from Texas A&M University and her master's and doctorate in history from the University of Houston. Her research focuses on medieval history specifically Norman and Anglo-Norman women in 10th-12th century England and France. She teaches history and has worked in UH's Department of History and the Women's Studies Program. As director of Assessment and Accreditation Services, Dr. O'Neal coordinates assessment initiatives within the college, provides faculty and staff support for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Institutional Effectiveness Plans (IEPs), and collects and analyzes data for the college.
Janie Graham is the Director of Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Human Services from Salem-Teikyo University where she also earned her certificate in American Humanics (now known as Nonprofit Leadership Alliance). She has been with the University of Houston since 1999. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she served as the Dean for an all girls private high school in San Antonio.
Dr. Davis is Director of Educational Technology for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Governors State University. Her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education is from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining the Dean’s office, she served as Director of Staff Development and Instructional Technology Facilitator for Kirby School District in Illinois and taught online courses for University of Northern Iowa.
Frank Houston is the College Information Services Manager and Information Security Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Jones College and a Master of Science in Management with a focus on Information Security from Colorado Technical University. Prior to joining the University of Houston, he served as Director of Information Technology for a major medical management corporation in south Florida.
Research Liaison Officer
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Angela Clifton is the Research Liaison Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. She has been with the University of Houston since 2001. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she was a school teacher.
Research Development Administrator
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Latricia Vaughns is the Research Development Administrator for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her experience includes grant administration for academic health science centers and local government agencies.
Kim has served in several development capacities at University of Houston for 20 years, working at Houston Public Media, Blaffer Art Museum and CLASS. She earned a Master of Public Administration from University of Houston and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Oklahoma.