Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Academic Program Manager, teachHOUSTON
Office: 347 Farish Hall
Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields serves as Academic Program Manager of the teachHOUSTON Program as well as Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about student success and has over 15 years of higher education experience, developing and overseeing academic advising and student success initiatives. McAlister-Shields has been a part of the teachHOUSTON team since inception, creating and offering advising services. She has served on a number of grant-funded projects that support STEM college student success contributing both as senior personnel and grant writer. Her experience working with students from diverse backgrounds informs her research interests in the areas of college access and college readiness, sociocultural capital of college students, the matriculation and persistence of underrepresented STEM majors, and the use of culturally responsive teaching in higher education settings. As a mixed methodologist and pragmatist researcher, McAlister-Shields develops and teaches doctoral research courses in the College of Education. McAlister-Shields holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership- Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.