Academic Affairs Recent News

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

Foundations of Excellence Update at Faculty Senate Meeting:
A Foundations of Excellence update was presented at the Faculty Senate meeting held on November 19, 2014. The presentation outlines progress to date and plans for the program moving forward. To see the full presentation, click here.

Compensation Committee Reviews UH Salaries:
Provost Short announces updates to the Compensation Committee meetings, and requests faculty input on questions about 2015 merit raises.  UH Staff compensation updates are coming soon. To learn more, click here.

Undergraduate Student Success Center Set to Launch:
The success of UHin4 this inaugural year demonstrates our students’ ambition for moving toward a timely graduation.  But enrolling them in the program is only the first step in the University’s commitment to student success and completion.

The Undergraduate Student Success Center will be the link to serve all UH students in achieving their pursuit of an on-time graduation.  From assisting undeclared students in making confident academic decisions to providing individual tutoring for almost 500 courses, the USSC promises to be the essential resource students will count on to manage their UH college career – and the go-to destination for connecting them to comprehensive academic support services.

Fall Faculty Senate Presentation:
Provost Paula Myrick Short delivered the Fall Address to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. She provided an update on the transformation that has occurred in the Office of the Provost.  Additionally, Provost’s cabinet members provided an update on their unit’s activities and accomplishments. Dr. Short invited all senators to provide feedback by emailing

To download the full presentation, click here.

Author and ABC News Anchor Byron Pitts Inspires Students at Inaugural Provost Summer Read Lecture:
ABC News Chief National Correspondent and Emmy-award winning journalist Byron Pitts spent a full day on campus Monday after his memoir “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenge” was chosen as the “common book” for the debut of the Provost Summer Reading Program. To read the full article, visit the Daily Cougar.

Faculty Welcome Reception:
Provost Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D. hosted a welcome reception for UH faculty, college deans, and her cabinet at the Hilton University of Houston to kick off the academic year and provide an opportunity for the UH academic community to gather and reconnect with each other. To learn more and see photos from the event, click here.

New Faculty Orientation:
More than 90 new world-class faculty joined the ranks of the University of Houston this semester, and just as our students attend first year orientation, these new faculty participated in a day-long introduction to their new college home. To learn more and see photos from the event, click here.

Provost Paula Myrick Short serves as the Director for the new Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success:
Provost Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D. will serve as the director of a new center focusing on increasing the number of women, and especially women of color, in academic science and engineering careers.  Through a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the UH Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success will accelerate the recruitment, development and advancement of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as lead activities to support gender equity across the campus.

“As the leading research university in the world’s energy capital, it is our responsibility to ensure women are not only working in STEM careers, but also leading and teaching in those fields,” said Provost Short.

The five-year grant supports sustainable activities and programs that are part of a systemic effort to transform the institution and will launch in fall 2014. Learn more 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.

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.