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CLASS Event Calendar

Dec. 17: Fall 2015 Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) commencement ceremony is 9 – 11:30 a.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion on Cullen Boulevard

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(federal and state holiday)

Jan. 19: Kristen Yon Faculty Recital
7:30pm-9:30pm at Dudley Recital Hall
Moores School of Music faculty members Kristen Yon, Anthony Kitai and Timothy Hester will perform. For ticket information contact the Moores School of Music Box Office at 713-743-3388.

Jan. 20: Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature
5 pm - 7 pm in the M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion
Opening reception of the new exhibit, Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature. Materials in the exhibit will include books, archival documents, photographs, and works of art produced or recovered by Arte Público Press and its subdivisions. For more information contact Lisa Cruces at 713-743-9903.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Expertise in the Media

J. Leigh Leasure
The New York Times included comments by J. Leigh Leasure, associate professor of psychology, in their article The Close Ties Between Exercise and Beer.
   
Todd Romero
Todd Romero, associate professor of history, offered his expertise on Houston’s Food and Dining scene in the following articles:
   
Jennifer Wingard
The Washington Post recently intereviewed associate professor of English Jennifer Wingard for their article, Is our ‘out of control’ political rhetoric really all that extraordinary?
   
Francisco Cantu
Francisco Cantú, assistant professor of political science, co-authored an article for the Washington Post titled, Was Argentina’s election stolen? Here’s how you can tell.
   
Tracy Xavia Karner
Manhattan as Muse: Streetscapes by Harvey Stein, an article that recently ran in the Huffington Post reviewed the book, Briefly Seen: New York Street Life. The book includes essays from sociology department chair Tracy Xavia Karner.
   
Lorenzo Cano
The Boston Globe interviewed Lorenzo Cano, associate director of the Center of Mexican American Studies, for the article, Census considers more race choices.
   
Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Associate professor of modern Arab history, Abdel Razzaq Takriti, was featured in The Cougar article, Head of Arab studies program aims to shape understanding of the Middle East
   
Moores Opera House
For the fifth consecutive year, productions by the Moores Opera Center have earned top honors from the National Opera Association's annual Opera Production Competition. The Houston Chronicle article, University of Houston Moores Opera Center honored, describes the recognition.
   
Paul R. Gregory
The National Review ran an article authored by Paul Roderick Gregory, professor of economics, titled, Russia’s Economic Stagnation. In addition, he authored the article, Why Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a bad ally for Hindustan Times.
   
Stephan Hillerbrand
The work of Stephan Hillerbrand, associate professor of photography and co-owner of the Hillerbrand+Magasamen design studio, was featured in the KHOU story, Festival features flicks with real NASA footage.
   
Richard Murray
Bloomberg interviewed Richard Murray, professor of political science, for their article, Obama Pins Hope on Supreme Court After Latest Immigration Defeat. He was also quoted in the Chicago Tribune article, Obama's loss on immigration case may be political win for party.
   
Emran El-Badawi
Emran El-Badawi, director of Arabic studies, offered comments in the Houston Chronicle article, Survey: Christian Americans view Muslim values 'at odds' with those of America.
   
Veteran broadcaster and host of ABC's "What Would You Do?" John Quiones, was the keynote speaker at the Center for Mexican American Studies' annual Noche Cultural Banquet. The event was covered by ABC-13 in the story 'What Would You Do?' host John Quiñones delivers keynote speech at UH banquet.
   
Brandon Rottinghaus
Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, offered comments in the following articles:
   
Michael D. Snediker
Poetry by Michael D. Snediker, associate professor of English, was featured in The Spectrum article, Poem-A-Day — ‘The Abasement of the Northmores’ by Michael D. Snediker
   
Robert Zaretsky
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote the following articles:

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May 21, 2013: Moores Concert Chorale takes top prize in German competition

May 7, 2013: M.A. in Arts Leadership Program Director Appointed

April 18, 2013: Center for Arts Leadership Director Appointed

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Cedric Tolliver awarded Fulbright Visiting Research Chair

Literature scholar to teach and study African diaspora in Canada during Cold War

Cedric Tolliver

Cedric Tolliver, assistant professor of English, has been awarded the 2013-2014 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

During his year at McGill, Dr. Tolliver will continue his research on the lives and work of African-American literary and cultural figures during the early parts of the Cold War era.

The Fulbright award and time in Canada will assist Prof. Tolliver as he delves further in to the research questions that interest him as a part of his book project.

“Canada figures into African-American history in a large way,” said Dr. Tolliver. “Canada was a first step in an international journey for several African-American literary figures. For example, Richard Wright, an African-American author, went to Canada before moving to France and becoming an American expatriate.”

Dr. Tolliver also is studying the Canada connections of Paul Robeson, the athlete, singer and actor whose outspoken political views caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era, a period in the 1950s when U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy zealously pursued an anti-Communism political agenda that targeted Americans of all ethnicities that he suspected of treason and disloyalty to the United States.

“Politically, one of the things Robeson was committed to was the working class,” said Dr. Tolliver. “In 1952, Robeson was invited to sing at an international mine workers conference being held in British Columbia, Canada.  At the time Americans didn’t need a passport to travel to Canada.

“However, the United States government would not allow him to go. So he held a concert and gave a speech just across the border in Washington State with speakers loud enough to be heard in Canada.”

That concert became the first of four Robeson concerts held on the U.S./Canadian border.

Other African-American artists also were drawn into the politics of the time defined largely by the political, economic and military rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union.

“The Soviet Union was using the racial discourse in America as propaganda to recruit international allies,” said Dr. Tolliver. “The United States had to address the fact that there was racial discrimination in America to a global audience.”

Dr. Tolliver’s research will be integrated into his manuscript, Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers: African Diasporic Cosmopolitan Culture and the Cold War.

In addition to his research, Dr. Tolliver will teach one advanced course in African-American literature and he will play a central role in an African American Studies reading and research group while at McGill.

- By Monica Byars

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Seniors holds are a crucial step toward graduation in CLASS

Holds removed by attending advising sessions that chart a course to earning a degree

Being “placed on hold” has negative connotations ranging from feeling ignored to listening to bad music while waiting for a customer service representative to pick up a phone call.

Seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, however, are learning that being placed on hold can be a positive move that increases their success in their last year of college.

“While the senior hold undoubtedly seems intrusive to some students, it allows our advising staff to do their job of facilitating student success more effectively,” said Dean John W. Roberts. “We can see the result of this small intervention in student graduation rates." 

When a CLASS student completes 90 credit hours of coursework, that student is officially classified as a senior.  Achieving that milestone is the first step in the most important and culminating event of every college career – graduation.

To help students contain their senior year to 12 months or less, CLASS has mandated that each of its seniors meet with an advisor in the department of his or her major.

In that mandatory advising meeting, the student learns exactly what it takes to complete a degree in the major and what he or she needs to do to complete  all the graduation requirements in the next two or three semesters.

“We always encourage and set as a goal for students to graduate in four years,” said Jyoti Cameron, an academic specialist in the CLASS Office of Academic Affairs.

To get full compliance, the College has authorized the Office of Academic Affairs to place an enrollment hold on CLASS seniors, which temporarily disables the student’s ability to enroll in new classes. The hold is lifted after the senior meets with the academic advisor.

Students nearing graduation are often so busy that it can sometimes seem as though the mandatory advising sessions are just something else to add to an already demanding schedule. But the goal of the “senior hold” is to give the student all the information needed to succeed at the most important task – graduating.

“We have been doing this for several years now,” Ms. Cameron said. “We send an email out to students several months in advance of registration so they can plan for their next semester’s enrollment.”

There are currently nearly 4,000 seniors in CLASS, and each of those students is required to meet with their advisor before they can register for their next semester of courses.

Senior holds were first implemented in CLASS 2008. Before the Fall 2008 semester, the overall CLASS graduation rate was at 70 percent -- meaning that 70 percent of the students who applied to graduate actually met the graduation criteria.

As of 2011, CLASS was at a graduation rate of 85 percent for all students who applied.

CLASS Academic Affairs also closely tracks the classes of first-time-in-college students, called cohorts, as they navigate through their college years. Although many students still graduate in four years, some students take six years or more to graduate.

The rising cost of a college education, and more students working and going to school simultaneously, can lengthen the amount of time it takes to complete a Bachelor’s degree. National tracking and reporting measures use the six-year retention rate.

The 2003 cohort was the first group Academic Affairs used to track cohort graduation rates, meaning the number of students who entered in 2003 and graduated six years later. The 2003 cohort graduation rate was 34.3 percent.

This year marks the sixth year at UH for freshmen that entered in 2007. To date, their graduation rate is at 53 percent and CLASS still has the rest of this summer to graduate additional students within the six-year window. The CLASS 2007 cohort graduation rate exceeds the UH overall graduation rate, which is currently 43 percent.

Dean Roberts credits the increased graduation rates to the senior holds policy and other changes in the College’s approach to helping its students succeed.

“Graduation requirements are complex but very well understood by our core of professional advisors in the College,” Dean Roberts said. “The hold guards against the tendency of some students to 'self-advise' without a complete sense of the requirements that they need to fulfill to graduate." 

Mary Daniels graduated in May with a degree in Psychology. She said her senior hold advising meeting confirmed for her that she was “on the right path towards success.”

“The senior holds are beneficial because they require students to attend an advising session, which, in turn, provides valuable information regarding progress,” she said.

The various departments within CLASS can choose to manage the mandatory senior advising process in the manner that best works for their students.

For example, the School of Art hosts “senior advising months” each year. This idea began after department advisors realized that time would not allow them to meet with all seniors if the students waited until late March or late October – just before registration begins – to schedule advising appointments.

“To assure quality advising for seniors before their enrollment appointment dates, we began recommending that seniors schedule advising appointments in September to be advised for the following spring semester and in February to be advised for the following summer and fall semesters,” said Cindy Bowden, Academic Advisor for the UH School of Art.

“September and February are now designated as ‘senior advising months’ in the School of Art so that seniors are given the opportunity to come in early for a 30-minute appointment and receive the service they deserve,” she said.

Regardless of the department within CLASS, there are certain graduation requirements that apply to CLASS students – and University of Houston students – across the board. Those policies are reviewed during the advising meetings as well.

“We have a checklist of critical items to be covered in the advising meeting,” said Cameron. “Advisors will go into detail about major-specific requirements. In addition, advisors will review and ensure seniors are complying with university-wide graduation policies, which includes ensuring the final 30 credits are earned at UH, that the student has a 2.0 grade point average in their major and minor, and that students have signed degree plans.”

Academic advisors know that negative connotations still cling to the practice of placing a hold on a student’s records. But they work hard to show students the positive side of the process.

 “When we first started the holds, it was an adjustment for both students and advisors,” said Cameron. “Over the years we have found that both students and advisors feel like the benefits outweigh the inconveniences. That way, there is a smooth transition to graduation.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
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MPA student elected to Pasadena City Council

Graduate student Cody Wheeler applies what he’s learning to campaign trail to win seat

Cody Wheeler

What Cody Wheeler is learning about public servant leadership as a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program, he has successfully applied to his career goals.

In May, Mr. Wheeler was elected to the Pasadena City Council – unseating an incumbent with a margin of victory of less than three dozen votes.

 “We just worked really hard,” said Wheeler. “I had a positive message and I knocked on doors four days a week for 8-10 hours a day. I wanted to meet with all the people in the district that I could.

“My personal cell phone number was on all of my flyers, so I am very accessible to the citizens of Pasadena.”

Those grassroots campaign tactics reflect the leadership style taught in the MPA program. Communicating directly with the public gives elected, appointed and hired public servants the information they need to craft plans that work.

“In the Masters of Public Administration Program, we don’t teach answers,” said Dr. James Thurmond, Director of the MPA program. “We teach answering methodologies or how to solve problems.”

The MPA program is designed to provide higher levels of training and education for pre-service and in-service public managers, public policy analysts and public officials to address major public policy issues in a metropolitan scenario.

Some of the problems Mr. Wheeler plans to address as a member of the Pasadena City Council are the condition of local roads, the city’s drainage issues and improving local parks. He believes parts of Pasadena have been deprived of needed attention.

 “Mr. Wheeler’s approach to the classroom and the theory blends very well with what we teach,” said Dr. Thurmond. “We wish him the best of luck in his new elected position, and expect him to bring more real world experiences into the classroom.”

Wheeler credits University of Houston for giving him a strong foundation, and the connections, on which to build his future.

“I don’t doubt my capabilities,” he said. “University of Houston gave me the education that makes it possible for me to step in and excel at this role.”

Mr. Wheeler and his siblings grew up in Pasadena and attended the public schools in the city adjacent to Houston, its Ship Channel and Galveston Bay. His father worked at one of many refineries in Pasadena and his mother worked at a nearby Wal-Mart.

After finishing high school, Mr. Wheeler enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served for four years and completed two tours of duty in Iraq. He completed his commitment to the Marines as a sergeant decorated with multiple awards including the Combat Action Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

After his military service, Sgt. Wheeler chose to attend the University of Houston.

“My brother was attending UH. I liked what he was learning and I wanted to be a part of that,” he said. “I completed my undergraduate degree in political science, with a minor in philosophy, in 2011.” He graduated Cum Laude with honors.

Today, in addition to studying for his master’s, he works full time for the State Comptroller’s Office as a Tax Compliance Officer.  He will continue in that position after he is sworn in September.

“The MPA program is eye-opening and has taught me the practical approach to governance,” said Wheeler. “It’s where ‘the rubber meets the road.’”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-3000
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Study finds active parenting improves fathers’ well-being

Research may inform future parenting programs to include fathers’ mental healthcare

Father's Day

A father’s active participation in raising his children benefits his children’s lives and his own mental health and well-being, according to a new study conducted by a Department of Health and Human Performance researcher.

“The role of a father comes with such high expectations before you factor in complications such as finances, proximity or pre-existing health issues,” said Daphne Hernandez, an HHP assistant professor of human development. “Supporting his mental health is an important way to support the whole family.”

Dr. Hernandez examined five years of data from 5,000 fathers (single, cohabitating and married) between the ages of 25-35 who were considered at risk of becoming absent dads. The fathers had young children and lived close enough to their partner to have frequent interaction with the children. Their health status was self-measured through a survey.

“Fathers who were more physically engaged with their children—played with them, read to them—were less likely to be depressed or stressed,” she said. “Additionally, fathers who had a supportive partner or former partner had better mental and physical health compared with those who had less supportive partners.”

Dr. Hernandez’s study found that over the five years of the data, single fatherhood increased (45 percent by year five) and involvement with their children decreased (from four days a week to less than three). Accompanying this dynamic was an increased risk of drug use and depression.

“Fathers who became single fathers or who experienced strain in their roles as fathers were associated with an increased likelihood of becoming clinically depressed,” she said. “This is concerning as mental illness is stigmatizing, and a number of socio-economically disadvantaged men do not have the means to receive mental health assistance.”

Her study concludes that family relations policies and programs would benefit from a focus on a father’s positive engagement with his children.

“The results suggest that fathering has broader implications than child development,” Dr.  Hernandez said.  “If parent education programs want to facilitate greater parenting practices among fathers, they must address the mental health needs of fathers.”

- By Marisa Ramirez

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Student and alumni composers make music with elementary students

Moores School of Music collaborates with other nonprofits to create music inspired by youth poets

When Moores School of Music composers team up with fourth and fifth-grade poets, the musical possibilities are limitless.

Eighteen youth poets at Kashmere Gardens Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District wrote original poems as part of the Writers in the Schools (WITS) creative writing program at their school.

A collaboration between the Moores School, WITS and HGOco, the Houston Grand Opera’s community collaborative initiative, led to the students’ words being set to music.

“It’s been an interesting experience,” said UH composer and alumnus George Heathco. “I had to spend time with the text – getting into it, reading it. Since it’s not my own text, I had to put myself into it and perhaps insert some of my own experiences into the words.”

The process has been a learning experience for both the UH composers and the Kashmere Gardens students. Just as the fourth- and fifth-graders learned about poetry, the composers are receiving lessons in maintaining the lyrical integrity of a musical work.

“I want to stay true to what they wrote,” said Desmond Ikegwuonu, who graduated with his master’s degree earlier in May. “I’ll definitely take liberties with my own text. When I’m given text written by someone else, I try to delve deeply into their words.”

Other composers who participated in the project are alumnus Phillip Elder, masters students Daniel Webbon and Samuel Hunter and doctoral candidate Mark Buller.

At a free public concert on June 3, the original songs were performed by the composers and other Moores School students with vocals from Houston Grand Opera baritone Lee Gregory and HGOco teaching artists Alisa White and Kiana Day.

The event was held at the Kashmere Community Center, 4802 Lockwood Dr. in Houston, and also featured the premiere of an original opera based on the picture book, “The Quiltmaker’s Gift,” created by Kashmere Gardens students under the leadership of White, Day and Kashmere Gardens teacher Stephen Ferrell.

The Moores School partnership with HGOco, WITS and Kashmere Gardens complements other musical initiatives. Earlier this year, Moores and HGOco teamed up with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to deliver western-themed music that was performed at the University of Houston and around the city.

- By Mike Emery

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New clinic seeks to reduce anxiety to help people stop smoking

Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory/Substance Use Treatment Clinic offers free evaluation and treatment

Dr. Zvolensky

People who want to stop smoking have a new resource to help them address the anxiety and stress that may be tied to their use of nicotine and marijuana.

The new Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory/Substance Use Treatment Clinic has been launched by Michael J. Zvolensky, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology.

He opened the joint research lab and clinic to provide free, empirically-based evaluation and treatment services to adults between 18 and 65 years of age struggling with anxiety and substance use – primarily tobacco and marijuana.

His research shows that between 40 percent and 50 percent of the cigarettes sold in the United States are consumed by people with anxiety and other mental disorders.

“What we know from our research is that people who smoke often have anxiety and other mental disorders and vice versa,” Dr. Zvolensky said. “Existing treatment plans for smoking cessation have not addressed in any formal and meaningful way anxiety and stress disorders.”

Several research studies are being conducted at AHRL-SUTC, which means that many individuals may qualify to participate in a study where they will receive top-of-the-line treatment at no cost. 

Dr. Zvolensky’s integrated model of care for smoking cessation combines Eastern philosophy and meditation techniques that focus on mindfulness and breathing techniques with traditional techniques proven to be helpful for people who quit. These elements include:

  • education on tobacco use
  • identified high risk situations
  • developing an abstinence plan
  • offering nicotine replacement therapy
  • anxiety and stress management component using group therapy.
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The ultimate goal of Zvolensky’s research is for individuals to be smoke-free and not using tobacco. The second goal is reducing the amount of use, also known as harm reduction.

“You don’t have to view things as complete abstinence to be successful,” he said. “That’s important in the case of tobacco, in particular, because even simple reductions from 20 to 10 or from 10 to five cigarettes a day could have a linear decrease in exposure to a lot of other negative outcomes associated.”

Dr. Zvolensky also has secondary outcome goals for reductions in anxiety and decreases in depression that can lead to “an increase in the quality of life.”

“You wouldn’t just go out and run a marathon; you would train and prepare.” Dr. Zvolensky said.  “In our sessions, we train up tolerance and discipline for difficult things – an emotional event, withdrawal, or whatever the case may be, and, then, practice.”

He has adapted his smoking-anxiety work for Spanish-speaking populations in North and South America.

A prominent researcher in health behaviors, Dr. Zvolensky has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited two books, Distress Tolerance: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications and Anxiety in Health Behaviors and Physical Illness. He has been cited extensively for his research on the relationship between anxiety and addiction.

Dr. Zvolensky has received grants from the American Lung Association, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety with collaborators in Dallas at Southern Methodist University, in Baton Rouge at Louisiana State University, and in Boston at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Zvolensky also has extended his work with the HIV/AIDS population to study how people living with HIV or AIDS interpret and handle distress over time. He received a 2013-2014 grant of $34,500 from the National Institutes of Health for his anxiety reduction treatment work with HIV positive individuals.

- By Melissa Carroll

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Steven G. Craig appointed Associate Dean of Faculty and Research

Professor of Economics to lead CLASS efforts to increase research funding

Prof. Steven Craig

Dr. Steven Craig, Professor of Economics, has accepted an appointment to the position of Associate Dean of Faculty and Research for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

"Steven Craig has had the kind of leadership and research experiences that are essential to success in this position,” said Dean Roberts. “I believe that he will be a wonderful mentor for younger faculty who are working to establish their careers and a dedicated advocate of research excellence for all faculty." 

Dr. Craig succeeds Dr. David Phillips, who has been appointed to the position of Chair of the Department of Philosophy.

“Dean Roberts has been terrific at moving CLASS to becoming one of the premier colleges in this Tier One University, and I look forward to serving with him to assist the faculty at accomplishing their research objectives,” Dr. Craig said.

Dr. Craig is a veteran of the University of Houston, arriving at UH immediately after obtaining his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a widely published scholar who has received research grants from several federal and state sources and the CLASS Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence award.

Within the Department of Economics, Dr. Craig has held several administrative roles including leading its faculty recruiting efforts. The department is No. 72 on the U.S. News & World Report rankings of economics departments and is climbing.

Dr. Craig chaired the first Promotions and Tenure Committee after the merger that created the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. His extensive service to the University also includes a term as Faculty Senate President.

“I was President of the Faculty Senate when we started the UH push to attain Tier One, and it is central to the University’s success for CLASS to be front and center at accomplishing Tier One research with Tier One faculty,” Dr. Craig said. “One way to do this is for the faculty to have first rate support services, and I view my job as serving the faculty in this capacity.”

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The College congratulates its newest professors emeriti

Board of Regents appoints retired eight CLASS professors to faculty emeriti

The UH System Board of Regents at its May 2013 meeting appointed eight retired College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences professors to the faculty emeriti – a body of scholars willing to assist and advise the university as requested, particularly in their areas of expertise.

The emeritus or emerita title is conferred only upon retired tenured faculty who made a significant contribution to the university through a long and distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and/or service.

Retired full and associate professors honored with emeritus status retain library, computing and parking privileges and other faculty courtesies.

The 2013 CLASS Professors Emeriti are:

Professor Dorothy Baker – Department of English

Dorothy Baker

Baker joined the University of Houston in 1989. She received her B.A. from Wells College, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Professor Baker has contributed to the excellence of the Department of English undergraduate and graduate programs through an exemplary balance of outstanding teaching, nationally-recognized scholarly publications, and administrative and program leadership. Her five books illustrate her wide range of scholarly interests, including early American gothic fiction, poetry and poetics, as well as the theory and practice of translation.

Dr. Baker served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English. She spearheaded the redesign of the department’s doctoral programs in English. As a translator and teacher of translation, she was instrumental in developing a newly approved graduate certificate in translation studies.

Dr. Baker’s commitment to the University of Houston and its mission has also manifested itself in other kinds of support, including, in conjunction with her husband Dr. Lawrence Baker, significant gifts to the library and the creation of a new endowment to recognize excellence in peer-reviewed scholarly publication by a graduate student.

Professor Terrell Dixon – Department of English

Terrell Dixon

Dr. Dixon joined the University of Houston in 1971. He earned his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

From 1971 to his retirement in 2013, Dr. Dixon has been a catalyst for departmental growth and innovation, and has contributed to significant national initiatives in areas of environmental studies, ecocriticism, and regional studies.

He served as Chair of the Department of English from 1980 – 1995. He saw the intellectual and creative synergy possible through the establishment of a creative writing program that offered a doctoral degree that combined rigorous, advanced training in both literary historical scholarship and creative writing. Working with Donald Barthelme, Dr. Dixon led the Department nationally in forming a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing that has been the model for other top-tier doctoral programs.

Relatedly, it was his vision that provided the impetus for the Department’s partnerships in the community, resulting in the valued and flourishing relationship with Inprint, which has done much to support the Creative Writing Program and other literary initiatives in Houston.

Dr. Dixon has been a pioneer in the fields of ecocriticism and environmental studies, and in such seminal organizations as the Association for the Study of Literature & Environment (ASLE), the premier organization for environmental studies and ecocriticism. He has two current book projects, each well advanced -  one on “urban nature,” which focuses on Houston, and the other on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. Both projects reflect the timely nature of his research and his commitment to Houston and its global interests.

Dr. Dixon’s commitment to the University of Houston is complemented by other forms of generosity in support of students.

Professor Merrill Hiscock – Department of Psychology

Merrill Hiscock

Dr. Hiscock has been a key member of the University since 1989. He obtained his B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Hiscock served as Ph.D. dissertation supervisor to 31 students, M.A. thesis supervisor to 22 students and Honors thesis supervisions to 18 students, as a well as a member of Ph.D. dissertation committees for 58 students and a member of a M.A. thesis committee for 56 students.

He co-authored a book entitled Neuromethods: Neuropsychology. His numerous publications include research articles in refereed journals, chapters and reviews, abstracts and proceedings, technical reports, and invited presentations.

Dr. Hiscock served on a vast array of college, department and university committees, including Promotion and Tenure, Faculty Evaluation, Grievance, Protection of Human Subjects and the Undergraduate Council.

He is a member of several professional and honorary organizations – American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Psychological Society, Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, Phi Kappa Phi Interdisciplinary Honor Society, International Neuropsychological Society and Psi Chi Honorary Psychology Organization.

Professor Donald Lutz – Department of Political Science

Dan Lutz

Dr. Lutz joined the University of Houston in 1968. He earned his B.A. from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Dr. Lutz is an internationally known scholar and expert on American political thought, particularly on the constitutional documents and debates of the colonial and founding eras. He published 11 monographs and other books, in addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters and edited collections.

Professor Lutz is as well-respected teacher at the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Lutz served as the graduate director of the Political Science Department and was actively involved in the establishment of the UH Honors College.

Professor Lutz served as director of the University Honors Program (1976 – 1977) and as Faculty Senate President (1978 – 1979).

Professor Dennis Parle – Department of Hispanic Studies

Dennise Parle

Dr. Parle has been a faculty member for 37 years. He received his B.A. from Oakland University, his M.A. from University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Parle served as Department Chair, Undergraduate Director and Adviser and Interim Associate Chair. He is committed to the promotion of Study Abroad Initiatives among our students, leading programs in Spain and Mexico.

As Professor of Spanish, Dr. Parle was responsible for creating, developing and supervising the Business Spanish track in the undergraduate program. He has served as Coordinator for the Spanish course schedule since 1986.

Dr. Parle presented several papers in conferences on languages and communications. He is a highly respected for his dedication to excellence in teaching, his willingness to collaborate in academic service and his commitment to undergraduate students. He is a devoted mentor to his junior colleages and to department chairs who seek his advice.

Dr. Parle played a fundamental role in establishing a sound reputation for the Spanish undergraduate program at the University.

Professor James Pickering – Department of English

James Pickering

Dr. Pickering joined the University of Houston in 1981. He earned his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

As an administrator, scholar and teacher, Dr. Pickering has been a leader in the University and the Department of English. He served as Dean of the former College of Humanities and Fine Arts (1981 – 1990), Provost of the University (1990 – 1992) and UH President (1992 – 1995).

He served the students, faculty, and staff in many ways; worked for the fiscal and academic excellence of the university; and helped to establish the University’s presence in the community. He continues to have contact with friends of the University in and outside of Houston.

Dr. Pickering has been a valued senior colleague in the Department of English and a model for junior faculty. He has been a prolific scholar – publishing 10 books, editing the large and much-used Fiction 100 text that many universities have adopted, and collaborating with arts and other community organizations.

Dr. Pickering is finishing his next book which is scheduled for publication in summer 2013. From his retirement, he assists the Department in community outreach and continues to be a valuable resource and highly-respected representative of the University in the community.

Professor Harry Walsh – Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Dr. Walsh joined the University of Houston in 1970. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Walsh directed the Russian program until his retirement in 2006. He developed and taught courses at all levels in the program, ranging from language instruction to advanced courses in Russian literature, culture and history, as well as courses in comparative historical linguistics.

His research is in the fields of historical and applied linguistics, Russian literary studies, East European studies, and comparative literature was published in refereed journals in those disciplines.

He was an active member of several professional organizations, serving on the board of LASSO, Journal of the Linguistics Association of the Southwest; the executive board of the South Central Modern Language Association; president of the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign Language Association; chair of the Education Committee of the Houston-Baku Sister City Association; and on the International Research and Exchanges Board for faculty exchange with the Soviet Union.

Dr. Walsh was a model faculty citizen, serving on served on a vast array of college, department and university committees, including Curriculum, By-Laws, Faculty Evaluation and Grievance. His significant contributions were recognized with the 1988 Service Award from the Office of the Dean of Students. To junior faculty in the department, he was a generous, supportive and caring mentor.

It is unusual to request emeritus status so long after a faculty member’s retirement, but the failure to do so at the time of Dr. Walsh’s retirement in 2006 appears to have been an oversight that the department, College and University are pleased to see corrected.

Professor Linda Westervelt – Department of English

Dr. Westervelt joined the University of Houston in 1976. She received her B.S. from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. from Rice University.

Professor Westervelt has been one of the most influential and successful teachers in the department. Dedicated to the importance of literature and literary studies, Dr. Westervelt developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher and mentor to her students. She was devoted to her students at all levels, including Lower Division and Upper Division. She was a careful and effective mentor to her graduate students, a number of whom have become generous friends of the Department of English.

As a scholar, Dr. Westervelt devoted the same kind of care to her writings about literature and culture. Her scholarship reflects her awareness of how literature reflects important cultural and social attitudes. Her book, Beyond Innocence, or the Altersroman in Modern Fiction, described by one reviewer as a “groundbreaking study, identifies a new subgenre (the “altersroman”), which examines life-narratives surrounding the impact of aging. The new subgenre has become a recognized area of study in literary studies.

Professor Westervelt took her commitment to literature and literary study outside the university context. She as a longtime leader within the project known as The Common Ground, which has been an out-reach program with university faculty and secondary school teachers working together to examine the “common ground” shared by canonical and non-canonical literatures. She has carried connections formed in The Common Ground into the larger community, where she remains an active participant in various literary groups.

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CLASS leadership changes

Dean Roberts appoints three new department chairs, reappoints four others

Four chairs have been reappointed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Three faculty members will serve as new departmental leaders in CLASS All appointments are for three year terms of service.

Effective September 1, David Phillips is chair of the Department of Philosophy.

David Phillip

A native of Hereford, England, Dr. Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree with first class honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Lincoln College, part of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He earned from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Upon completing his studies in upstate New York in 1993, Dr. Phillips moved to Houston to join the University of Houston faculty. He is now a full professor in the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on the history of ethics and metaethics, the branch of ethics studies that seeks to understand the nature of moral reasoning.

Dr. Phillips succeeds Dr. Cynthia Freeland, who was named the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Philosophy in 2012. A leading philosopher of art, she will continue to teach and conduct research.

Effective August 1, Pedro Gutiérrez Revuelta is chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies.

Pedro Gutierrez-Revuelta

Dr. Gutiérrez Revuelta, associate professor of Spanish, joined the University of Houston faculty in 1984. Before the founding of the Department of Hispanics Studies, he served as an interim chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages when the Spanish program was still housed in that department.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in literature from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his master’s and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at San Diego. His research and teaching interests include the literature and culture of Spain and the work of Pablo Neruda.

Current Hispanic Studies chair Anadeli Bencomo has received a Fulbright Core Fellowship and will teach and conduct research on narco-violence in Mexico in the 2013-2014 academic year. She served as the academic unit’s chief administrator for three years.

Effective July 1, Jim Johnson is the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance.

Jim Johnson

Professor Johnson arrived at UH in 2001 and is an expert on dialects and accents. He teaches undergraduate and graduate voice classes and serves as voice and dialects coach for many of UH’s main stage productions. In 2007, he earned the Provost’s University Teaching Excellence Award.

Prof. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in drama from Buena Vista College and a master of fine arts in acting from the University of Nebraska. He also is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and conducts voice and dialect workshops in Houston and across the nation.

Prof. Johnson succeeds Steven Wallace, who served as director for the past six years and will continue to teach and direct plays in the School. Profs. Johnson and Wallace are co-directors of the 2013 Houston Shakespeare Festival.

Reappointed as chairs, effective September 1, are:

Wyman Herendeen Wyman Herendeen, chair of the Department of English
T.Xavia Karner T.Xavia Karner, chair of the Department of Sociology
Charles Layne Charles Layne, chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance
David Papell David Papell, chair of the Department of Economics.
Shayne Lee Dr. Karner is taking a faculty development leave to complete research on her book. Associate Professor Shayne Lee will serve as the interim Sociology chair for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Chairs and directors are appointed by the Dean to serve three-year terms.

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Celebrating Commencement 2013

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences saluted the success of its Spring 2013 graduates during two Commencement ceremonies on May 10, 2013.

CLASS welcomed at its morning exercises Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), who gave brief remarks acknowledging the magnitude of the occasion for each graduate and his or her family members.

At the afternoon ceremony, CLASS alumnus Dennis Quaid was honored with a President’s Medallion bestowed by Chancellor and President Renu Khator for his creative contributions as an actor and his works with several children’s charities.

“If it wasn’t for UH, I wouldn’t be where I am,” said Quaid, who was accepted to the university as a drama major in 1973. “I would not have had the career and the opportunity that I’ve had in life, because it was here that I got all the tools to go out and achieve a dream."

Nine CLASS undergraduates accomplished their goal of completing their studies with 4.0 cumulative grade point averages. The College wishes all of its alumni – and, in particular, its newest alums – continued success in all their future endeavors.

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CLASS Event Calendar

June 4 – 29Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
Founded in 1990, the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival includes a four-week orchestral fellowship program for young professional musicians to develop skills in orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance. Click here to view the season schedule and purchase tickets online.

June 22 Feast: A Dinner Series featuring artist Miguel Amat and hosted by Leslie and Mark Hull
Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Monthly magazine, Uchi restaurant, and Whole Foods grocery chain have joined forces to create an unforgettable private dinner series inspired by the upcoming exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art opening September 6, 2013.

June 28Application deadline for the Master of Arts in Arts Leadership Program
Houston’s creative economy demands a steady flow of arts professionals to run the for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations that set the city’s cultural agenda and generate billions of dollars in revenue. The College is addressing that need with the launch this fall of the Master of Arts in Arts Leadership Program. This graduate degree program will prepare you to take your career and creativity to the next level. Applications to be a member of the first class are due on Friday, June 28.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS in the Media

Lois Zamora discusses a Walt Disney Co. attempt to trademark "Dia de los Muertos” in an Associated Press article that appeared under the headline Social media raises concern about Disney trademark on KHOU.com.

Luis Salinas, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, was interviewed about public perceptions in the news story Gun violence is down that aired on KRIV- FOX 26.

Candice Alfano, associate professor of psychology and director of the Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids, talks about her research on a parent’s military deployment effects children in Mothers in the military face adjustments during deployments, homecomings published by the Medill News Service.

Richard Murray, professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Survey Research Institute, commented on the Democratic National Party’s efforts to improve its standing in the State of Texas in the Targeting Texas article posted on the New York Times’ Opinionator site and in the Austin American-Statesman’s Battleground Texas wraps up 1st phase; now hard part begins.

Kenneth Brown, professor of anthropology professor, is leading a team of students doing an archaeological dig in Freedmen's Town near downtown Houston. Their efforts were mentioned in Freedmen's Town Reunion focuses on faith, heritage published in the Houston Chronicle.

The work of Jack J. Valenti School of Communication undergraduate students and faculty on the performance artist Liz Magic Laser’s latest installation, Tell Me What You want to Hear, was featured in the Houston Press article Exploring the Camera-Ready.

The Times of India interview with Chitra Divakaruni in Wanted to portray women as powerful forces in the world: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Robert Zaretsky, professor in the Department of History, discusses the “humanities classroom” in his op-ed Disconnect the narcissistic network that ran in the Times Higher Education magazine published by the London Times, as well as Tocqueville and Gay Marriage in a New York Times op-ed.

Nicolás Kanellos, founder of Arte Público Press and Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies , co-authored the op-ed In fight to control obesity, sugar consumption is key published in the Houston Chronicle.

The renovation at the Blaffer Art Museum gets some attention from World Interior Deisgn Network.com in Blaffer Art Museum transforms appearance with new entrance.

CLASS Alums Making News

Giuseppe Taurino

Giuseppe Taurino, 2006 MFA in Creative Writing, has joined the Houston Arts Alliance as its Programs and Services Manager. He has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a social worker, counselor, and executive. Giuseppe has also worked as a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston, taught undergraduate and postgraduate English and Creative Writing, and served as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. He’s been awarded a Donald Barthelme Fellowship in Fiction and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His stories have appeared in Epoch, New South, The Potomac Review, Word Riot and elsewhere.

   
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Lacy M. Johnson, 2008 Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing, has joined the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts as Director of Academic Initiatives. In this role, she will develop and oversee the curriculum for Interdisciplinary Art (IART) minor and work to further connect the center’s programming to the UH community. Dr. Johnson has over thirteen years of experience in higher education as an instructor and program administrator. As a writer and digital artist, she has been awarded fellowships for her creative and critical work from the Houston Arts Alliance, Sustainable Arts Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission, Inprint, Mitchell Center for the Arts, and Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the author of Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012), and is co-artistic director of the forthcoming multimedia project [the invisible city].

   
Giuseppe Taurino

CNNHealth recently profiled Dr. Nadine Kaslow, the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet and president-elect of the American Psychological Association. In the article, she shares that her doctoral research focused on women and depression while she was at the University of Houston and that she took classes at the Houston Ballet Academy when she was a Ph.D. candidate. Dr. Kaslow received her doctorate in 1983 from the Department of Psychology.

   
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Valenti School of Communication alumna Joy Sewing is featured in the new tourism campaign for Galveston Island. Sewing, the fashion and beauty editor at the Houston Chronicle daily newspaper, shares her UH and Galveston memories in a short YouTube video.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is a dynamic place full of intellectual curiosity and creative energy. Encompassing creative and performing arts, humanities, and social sciences, the College truly is the intellectual and artistic heart of the university.

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August 22-26: Valenti School of Communication Welcome Back Week

The Jack J. Valenti School of Communication has scheduled a series of events and activities for all students, faculty and staff of the Valenti School of Communication as well as the university at large. Activities include a scavenger hunt, a “meet the organizations” event, and a Valenti Town Hall.

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//class/_images/spiff-images/160819-open-house.jpgsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160819-open-house.jpgCLASS160819-open-house.jpg160819-open-house.jpgSeptember 1: CLASS Career Planning 101 Open House

September 1:  CLASS Career Planning 101 Open House

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences has partnered with University Career Services to develop a career planning course specifically for CLASS students. To learn more about the free course, students are invited to an open house on September 1, from 2-3 p.m. in Agnes Arnold 210.

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//class/_images/spiff-images/160819-zhou-talk.jpgsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160819-zhou-talk.jpgCLASS160819-zhou-talk.jpg160819-zhou-talk.jpgSeptember 8: HHP Distinguished Leader Series with Dr. Ping Zhou

September 8:  HHP Distinguished Leader Series with Dr. Ping Zhou

Health & Human Performance is hosting a distinguished leader series, and the next speaker is Dr. Ping Zhou of the University of Texas Health Science Center Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Classroom and Business Building (CBB), room 104.

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Featured in the Houston Chronicle: Former cancer patient beats out J.J. Watt for top volunteer

Laura is a Spanish major with medical school as her goal; she is a brain cancer survivor, and an incredible human being.

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August 22-26: Valenti School of Communication Welcome Back Week

The Jack J. Valenti School of Communication has scheduled a series of events and activities for all students, faculty and staff of the Valenti School of Communication as well as the university at large. Activities include a scavenger hunt, a “meet the organizations” event, and a Valenti Town Hall.

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//class/_images/spiff-images/160819-open-house.jpgsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160819-open-house.jpgCLASS160819-open-house.jpg160819-open-house.jpgSeptember 1: CLASS Career Planning 101 Open House

September 1:  CLASS Career Planning 101 Open House

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences has partnered with University Career Services to develop a career planning course specifically for CLASS students. To learn more about the free course, students are invited to an open house on September 1, from 2-3 p.m. in Agnes Arnold 210.

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//class/_images/spiff-images/160819-zhou-talk.jpgsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160819-zhou-talk.jpgCLASS160819-zhou-talk.jpg160819-zhou-talk.jpgSeptember 8: HHP Distinguished Leader Series with Dr. Ping Zhou

September 8:  HHP Distinguished Leader Series with Dr. Ping Zhou

Health & Human Performance is hosting a distinguished leader series, and the next speaker is Dr. Ping Zhou of the University of Texas Health Science Center Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Classroom and Business Building (CBB), room 104.

Eventshttp://uh.edu/class/_docs/news-and-events/2016/ZHOU%20Flyer%209_8_16.pdf
//class/_images/spiff-images/160728-laura-cowling.jpgsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160728-laura-cowling.jpgCLASS160728-laura-cowling.jpgJuly 28: Spanish major at UH receives top volunteer award in Houston

Featured in the Houston Chronicle: Former cancer patient beats out J.J. Watt for top volunteer

Laura is a Spanish major with medical school as her goal; she is a brain cancer survivor, and an incredible human being.

Newshttp://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/HCCommunityExtra/?Publication=HHCB
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