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Provost's Cabinet: Vice and Associate Provosts

Vice and Associate Provosts report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Paula Myrick Short. Find their information listed below.

Mark Clarke Mark Clarke, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs

Responsible for activities related to the recruitment, hiring, orientation, professional development, recognition, and promotion and tenure of faculty.

Dr. Mark S. Clarke is Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs at the University of Houston. He is responsible for activities related to the recruitment, hiring, orientation, professional development, recognition, and promotion and tenure of faculty. As part of his duties he oversees the Office of Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity and Diversity, the Office for Faculty Engagement and Development (FED), the Office of Faculty Affairs and Assessment, the Office of Academic Policy, the Measurement and Evaluation Center and Ombuds Services. He is also responsible for interfacing with a range of faculty groups including the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate in developing new policies and programs designed to build and retain a diverse, world-class faculty at UH while enhancing the success of existing faculty. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost in 2015, Dr. Clarke served for three years as Associate Vice-Chancellor /Vice-President for Technology Transfer in the Division of Research responsible for managing a portfolio of over 350 patents covering various technology sectors. During this time, Dr. Clarke established a robust, nationally recognized innovation and entrepreneurial (I&E) ecosystem which included the creation of the UH Innovation Center and the UH Laboratory Incubator facility located at the UH Energy Research Park while also helping UH faculty and students establish more than 20 start-up companies based on UH technologies.

Dr. Clarke began his postdoctoral research career in the Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy at Harvard Medical School after receiving a M.I. Biol. in Pharmacology (1987) and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology & Biochemistry (1991) from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. In 1994, he moved to NASA-Johnson Space Center as a National Research Council Fellow and later joined the NASA/Life Sciences Directorate as a Senior Staff Scientist responsible for directing the operations of the Muscle Research Laboratory. In 2002 he joined UH as a tenured professor in Health and Human Performance as the Founding Director of the Laboratory for Integrated Physiology while continuing his role as Science Lead on several space flight experiments on the International Space Station. His research has focused primarily on the effects of mechanical loading on the musculoskeletal system, the development of real-time biomedical monitoring technologies, and more recently novel bone regeneration technologies. To date, he has received over $4 million in external research funding as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator from NASA, DARPA, NSF, NIH and private industry sources. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, holds 11 US patents, 7 NASA Technical Innovation Space Act Awards and has been a founder in two life sciences start-up companies. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator for a NSF-funded Innovation Corps (I-CORPS) Site at UH focused on developing the next generation of STEM-educated entrepreneurs.

Maureen Grimes Croft Maureen Grimes Croft, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Strategic Enrollment Planning

Responsible for the development, implementation, and management of undergraduate strategic enrollment planning.

Dr. Maureen Croft is the Associate Provost for Strategic Enrollment Planning at the University of Houston. Her principal responsibilities involve the development, implementation and management of  undergraduate strategic enrollment planning. In this role, Dr. Croft leads efforts to develop strategic application, admission, enrollment and financial aid policies for undergraduates that serve to advance university enrollment and retention goals and reach targeted audiences.   Prior to accepting this interim role, Dr. Croft worked as the Director of Institutional Analysis and Performance Measurement at UH, where she served as the university’s principal officer with respect to conducting analyses used by senior administration to make decisions about the strategic direction of the university, particularly decisions around achieving university goals of national competitiveness and student success. 

Dr. Croft received a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University, an M.S.W. from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Throughout her career, Dr. Croft has consulted in several educational and social service settings, particularly in the areas of research design, analysis and outcomes measurement. She serves on the Research Analytics Advisory Board for Thomson Reuters.  As an adjunct faculty member she teaches graduate level research design and statistics in the College of Education and serves as a peer reviewer for the Review of Higher Education.  Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Croft worked as the Director of Adoption and Post Adoption Services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She has remained active in social services holding board and committee memberships, including eleven years of service as a Director on the Board of the Lighthouse of Houston.

Sabrina Hassumani Sabrina Hassumani, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Finance and Administration

Responsible for division-wide management, compliance, and reporting for financial and HR resources.

Appointed in September 2014, Sabrina Hassumani serves as Associate Provost for Finance and Administration.  In this position, Dr. Hassumani’s responsibilities include division-wide financial planning, budgeting, business operations, compliance, and human resources management. Prior to this appointment, she served as Assistant Provost of Planning and Policy, and Executive Director for Academic Budgets.  Her experience external to UH includes eight years at the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC).  At TREC she facilitated revamping the agency’s strategic planning process, redesigned the website, and worked closely with the Texas Department of Information Resources to make TREC the first state agency to accept online license renewals.  She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Houston, where her graduate work focused on critical theory and contemporary literature.

In addition to over 20 years of administrative experience in higher education, Dr. Hassumani has served as an adjunct lecturer since 1991.  Courses she has taught at the University of Houston include Business Communications, Ethics, and Critical Thinking, American Literature since 1865, and Contemporary American Fiction.  Her book entitled, Salman Rushdie:  A Postmodern Reading of His Major Works was published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 2002.

Bruce Jones Bruce Jones, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Programs

Responsible for assessment of academic program quality and  effectiveness and for coordinating the development of academic programs. 

Professor Jones has over 25 years of academic and administrative experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector. Over the course of his career he has held two Endowed Chair Professorships. As the Ewing Marion Kauffman Endowed Chair for Teaching and Leadership at the University of Missouri he engaged in statewide research on best leadership practices in education reform in partnership with the Missouri State Department of Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Danforth Foundation. At the University of Missouri System level, Dr. Jones founded and led the Consortium for Educational Policy Analysis (CEPA), which was housed on three campuses of the University of Missouri System. Through his research at CEPA and with the support of the Peter Herschend Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation and the Danforth Foundation he launched Missouri’s first statewide comprehensive assessment of student achievement in a report entitled, The Public Education Evaluation Report. At the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Jones served as the David C. Anchin Endowed Professor of Education and Director of the David C. Anchin Center. Under his leadership the external grant portfolio of the David C. Achin Center grew from an estimated $625,000 when he arrived at USF to over a record producing $30 million.

Dr. Jones has extensive experience working with philanthropic institutions across the United States on program funding strategies, strategic planning and evaluation. Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Jones served as the founding Director of the I Have A Dream Foundation and Assistant to the President of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation in New York City. As a strategic planning, evaluation, documentation and assessment consultant he served on grant funded initiatives that were supported by the Ford Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Peter Herschend Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, Civic Progress of St. Louis and the Danforth Foundation. He worked closely with the President and Board of the Quantum Foundation in Palm Beach County to restructure the programmatic emphasis of the foundation. He also worked closely with the President and senior staff at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Florida Philanthropic Network to compile and complete a comprehensive study on children and hunger in Sarasota County and DeSoto County, Florida.

In 1995, Dr. Jones earned academic tenure at the University of Pittsburgh. Since this time he has held professorships at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of South Florida. The research foci of Dr Jones include educational leadership and policy analysis in K-12 and higher education, cross-sector collaboration, school and community interrelations and cultural competence and educational evaluation and assessment.

Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York City.

Teri Elkins Longacre Teri Elkins Longacre, J.D., Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean, Undergraduate Student Success

Responsible for articulating and implementing a strategic vision for the university’s undergraduate student success efforts, including academic advising, research opportunities, and improvement of academic programs.

Teri Elkins Longacre currently serves as Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Student Success in the Office of Academic Affairs and is an Associate Professor of Management at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, where she joined the faculty in 1997. Teri previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in Bauer and as the University of Houston Faculty and Staff Ombudsperson. 

She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and a Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Houston. She teaches in the areas of business law, employment law, managerial communication, human resource management, and organizational behavior, and coordinates an internship program with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Teri has published scholarly articles on the topics of employment discrimination, employee selection practices, affirmative action plans, leadership, and academic internship programs. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Sex Roles, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, SAM Advanced Management Journal, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, Journal of Managerial Issues, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Robert McPherson Robert McPherson, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Operations, University of Houston Sugar Land

Responsible for the leadership and administration of the instructional programs, faculty, and campus operations in Sugar Land.

As Interim Associate Provost, Academic Affairs and Operations, for the University of Houston Sugar Land, Dr. McPherson is responsible for the leadership and administration of the instructional programs, faculty, and campus operations in Sugar Land. He is also responsible for the strategic planning, development of a master academic plan, oversight of the budget, and ongoing review and assessment of all programs of the campus. Additional duties include providing leadership in the development, revision and interpretation of curriculum, academic programs, and catalogue information, as well as facilitating excellence in teaching, scholarly pursuits and service to the campus and community with a special emphasis on student success.

Dr. McPherson received his B.S. in Education with an emphasis in guidance studies from Texas Tech University. His first professional positions were as a classroom teacher and then guidance counselor at a Title 1 high school in Odessa, Texas. At that time, he also completed his MA degree in counseling at the University of Texas – Permian Basin. In 1987, he was among the first graduates of the University of Houston’s Ph.D. program in counseling psychology. As a graduate student, he was instrumental in the program’s curriculum design, change of degree title, and accreditation by the American Psychological Association. He also held appointment as Assistant to the UH Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Following completion of his internship at the Student Counseling Center at Texas A&M, he assumed responsibilities as Director of the UH Learning Support Services and as a staff psychologist with the UH Counseling & Testing Services (now CAPS).

Just prior to graduation, Dr. McPherson received a faculty appointment with the UH Department of Educational Psychology, and he was eventually named Director of Training for the counseling psychology program while an Assistant Professor. His teaching and research interests have addressed the theory and practice of clinical supervision, mental health public policy, and legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to psychology practice. Upon promotion to Associate Professor, he served as Chairperson for the Department of Educational Psychology for eight years. And for the past eight years, he has overseen the academic affairs, business operations, and support services of the College of Education in his role as Professor and Executive Associate Dean for the College of Education.

He is also co-founder of an award winning software-as-service company that provides consultation services and web-based behavioral management and progress monitoring systems for schools throughout the United States.

Dr. McPherson is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Education Research Association. He is a former member of the APA Council of Representatives, past president of the Texas and Houston Psychological Associations, and former chair of the national Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He has been inducted into the National Academies of Practice and is recipient of the American Psychological Association's Karl Heiser Award in recognition for his state and national advocacy contributions on behalf of psychologists and their patients. The Texas Psychological Association has named its legislative advocacy award in his honor.

Jeff Morgan Jeff Morgan, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Education Innovation and Technology

Responsible for assessing the effectiveness of different teaching modalities and identifying technologies to advance learning and teaching.

Jeff Morgan has held the position of associate provost for education innovation and technology at the University of Houston (UH) since January 2014, after serving in an interim role for the previous 7 months. Prior to that time, he held a number of positions at UH, including department chair in mathematics from 2003 to 2013, the founder and director of the center for academic support and assessment since 2004, and the co-founder and co-director of the teachHOUSTON STEM teacher training program since 2007.

Morgan obtained his bachelors, masters and doctoral degree from the University of Houston, and then spent 16 years at Texas A&M University (TAMU) prior to returning to UH in 2002. He has received numerous teaching awards at TAMU and UH, including a Piper teaching award in the spring of 2013. Morgan is a passionate teacher, and a strong advocate of the use of technology, both inside and outside the classroom. He has worked with k12 teachers through his direction of the Houston Area Calculus Teachers Association since 2001, he has created and facilitated the development of a multitude of online learning materials for a variety of mathematics courses, he has helped developed a considerable amount of instructional software, and developed numerous courses that have been taught in both live and live-online formats.

Jaime Ortiz Jaime Ortiz, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Global Strategies and Studies

Responsible for reviewing and analyzing the effectiveness of global activities including study abroad programs, and the development of outreach strategies to recruit and retain faculty, students, and staff from diverse and international backgrounds.

Dr. Jaime Ortiz obtained his B.Sc. and a Diploma from the Universidad de Chile in Chile, his M.A. from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands, and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in the United States.

Before joining the University of Houston, Dr. Ortiz held a visiting distinguished professorial appointment in international economics and global business at a Chinese university. He has been Vice President of the Texas International Education Consortium after holding tenured faculty and senior administrative appointments in universities in Florida, New Jersey, and Texas. In those instances, Dr. Ortiz provided a strategic vision for their overall campus globalization efforts, implemented an array of international programs, partnerships, and research collaborations, and expanded the global education opportunities for faculty and students.

Dr. Ortiz has previously worked for international organizations, private corporations, and non-government entities in economic and business matters in more than thirty countries. He has advised, among others, Euroconsult B.V., United Nations Development Program, Gessellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Inter-American Development Bank, Junta del Acuerdo de Cartagena, Organization of American States, Pre-investment Organization of Latin America and the Caribbean, Technical Cooperation of the Suisse Government, and The World Bank.

Dr. Ortiz is the author, co-author, or editor of books, book chapters, textbooks, research monographs and technical reports, and refereed journal articles including Applied Economics Quarterly; Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies; Journal of Economics, Business, and Management; Journal of Asian Finance, Economics, and Business; Journal of Industrial Economics (Chinese Mandarin); Latin American Research Review; International Journal of Business and Globalization; International Journal of Business and Economics; ABANTE; South European Review of Business Finance; Journal of Microfinance; Revista Portuguesa de Gestão; Journal of International Development; Estudios de Economía; Cuadernos de Economía; and Economic Development and Cultural Change. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in Business Higher Education, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who Directory of Economists.

Dr. Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and India and MSI Leadership Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. His teaching interests include international economics and global business for undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. His research focuses on topics related to economic growth and development, global investment decisions, and identification of sources and origins of technical change. Dr. Ortiz has led various departmental, college, and university related committees. He has also made presentations and chaired national and international conferences on topics related to globalization of institutions of higher education.

Chris Stanich Chris Stanich, J.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor/Associate Provost for Institutional Planning and Analysis

Responsible for strategic and budget planning, policy analysis, performance evaluation, SACS accreditation, facilities maintenance/renovation, and support for Board of Regents activities.

Appointed in May 2013, Chris Stanich serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Planning & Analysis at the University of Houston System and Associate Provost for Institutional Planning & Analysis at the University of Houston. In this position, he has broad responsibility at both the system- and university-levels for strategic and budget planning, project planning,space planning, policy/legislative analysis and communications, performance measurement, official university reporting,institutional accreditation, and program assessment. Mr. Stanich also supports the Provost and Chancellor/President in activities relating to the Board of Regents and Governmental Relations.He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.