Academic Affairs Recent News

For a listing of current vice provosts, deans, and listings of the academic affairs offices, please click here.

Graduate Assistant Success Task Force Report:

The Graduate Assistant Success Task Force aimed to examine graduate assistant policies across the colleges at the University, in order to recruit and retain graduate students of the highest quality, as well as optimize the experience of said students.

To download a copy of the full report, click here: 2014 Graduate Assistant Success Task Force Report

Current Dean Searches:

Several searches are underway to find strong candidates to lead the UH Libraries, Graduate College of Social Work, and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Each search committee will conduct all aspects of the search and identify a strong pool of candidates. The committee will conduct interviews to involve the college and campus community and will recommend the 2-3 top finalists to the Provost.

To see the full list of search committee members, navigate to the relevant tabs below.

UH Libraries Dean Search:

  • Latha Ramchand, Dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business (Chair)
  • John Lehner, Librarian
  • Christina Gola, Associate Librarian
  • Andrea Malone, Associate Librarian
  • Irene Ke, Associate Librarian
  • Vince Lee, Assistant Librarian
  • David Francis, Cullen Distinguished Chair and Chair, Department of Psychology
  • Richard Willson, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Augustina Reyes, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Holly Hutchins, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences
  • John Roberts, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Cedric Bandoh, Student and President of SGA
  • Robert McPherson, Dean of the College of Education (Chair)
  • Andy Achenbaum, Professor of History and Social Work and Gerson David Collegiate Professor of Gerontological Social Work, Center for Drug and Social Policy Research
  • Allen Rubin, Kantambu Latting Endowed Professor of Leadership and Change
  • Sheara Williams Jennings, Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Director
  • Sarah Narendorf, Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Susan Rogers, Assistant Professor, College of Architecture
  • Luis Torres, Assistant Professor, Center for Drug and Social Policy Research
  • Donna Amtsberg, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Jan Leger, Director of Student Affairs and Lecturer
  • Jamie Parker, Director of Field Education
  • William M. (Mel) Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston
  • Richard Wagner, Ph.D. student
  • Antonia Caliboso, MSW Student Association

The search committee will be assisted by Alberto Pimentel from the executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

  • Joseph Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean, Cullen College of Engineering (Co-Chair)
  • Scott Gilberston, M.D. Anderson Professor, Department of Chemistry (Co-Chair)
  • Dan Graur, John and Rebecca Moores Professor, Biology and Biochemistry
  • Preethi Gunaratne, Associate Professor, Biology and Biochemistry
  • Ognjen Miljanic, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Ioannis Kakadiaris, Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor of Computer Science, ECE, and Biomedical Engineering
  • Robert Stewart, Director of Allied Geophysics Laboratory and Cullen Professor
  • Paul Mann, Robert E. Sheriff Endowed Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Garret Etgen, Professor, Department of Mathematics
  • Roland Glowinski, Cullen Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Margaret Cheung-Wyker, Associate Professor, Physics
  • Wei-Kan Chu, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor
  • Michael Harold, Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and M.D. Anderson Professor
  • Ioannis Pavlidis, Eckhard-Pfeiffer, Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • Danny Ochoa, Ph.D. student, Biology and Biochemistry

The committee will be assisted by Alberto Pimentel from the executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

The final four candidates for the position of Dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management have been chosen, and will be visiting the UH campus.

Beginning Monday, October 27 and ending Thursday, November 13, each of the four candidates will spend one day on campus. You are encouraged to meet them, hear their vision for the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and ask them questions.

Learn more about each candidate's itinerary here.

  • Ki-Joon Back, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (Co-Chair)
  • Bill Monroe, Dean, The Honors College (Co-Chair)
  • Lisa Hopkins Barry, President of the National Association for Catering and Events
  • Joe Bendy, General Managers and COO, River Oaks Country Club
  • Mary Dawnson, Associate Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Randy Fournier, Manager of Global Dining and Food Safety, Hess Corporation
  • Brandon King, Student and President, Conrad N. Hilton College Ambassadors
  • Juan Madera, Assistant Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Dorothy Nicholson, Nicholson Interests, LLC
  • Erin Oeser, Instructor and Executive Director of Gourmet Night, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Arlene Ramirez, Lecturer, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Michael Scott, Director of Information & Academic Technologies, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Clara Snelson, Student, Conrad N. Hilton College Ambassador
  • Chris Taylor, Assistant Professor, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Sondra Tennessee, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Law Center

The committee will be assisted by Betty Turner Asher and Shelley Sullivan from the executive search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

Fall Faculty Assembly Presentation:

Provost Short gave a presentation to the faculty last fall which highlighted the steps the University should take to continue to strive towards excellence. She spoke about the continued success of incoming students, new initiatives such as UH in 4 and Foundations of Excellence, and recognized the work of outstanding faculty members. To learn more and see the presentation, click here.