Honors College Staff
Director, Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs
Keri Myrick is director of the Office of Global Engagement and Special Programs. She received her doctorate in higher education leadership and policy studies – comparative and international education. Her dissertation research examined the challenges to refugee education through three studies of the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan: a qualitative policy analysis of emergency education response interventions; a case study of the experiences of teachers in public, double-shift, K-12 schools; and a theoretical inquiry into how refugee identity formation shapes student development and sense-of-belonging. Her broader research considers identity and belonging in forced migration and education in emergencies (EiE). She has participated in multiple fellowships in the Middle East, where she has examined K-20 education in Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. She is also director of the Health and Human Rights: Service-Learning Program in Jordan.
Keri's other work examines experiential- and transformative-learning theories in practice. She has published on the role of reflection in learning in the Journal of Social Studies and History Education and the International Journal of ePortfolio and recently presented a case study entitled, "Reflective practice and health-related study abroad in war-adjacent and refugee communities," which analyzes student-driven data collected during the Jordan service-learning program in summer 2019.In her administrative role, Keri oversees the Honors College's learning- and service-abroad/away initiatives and is the faculty adviser for multiple co-curricular programs, including the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) and the University's Model Debate initiatives (Arab League, WHO, MG20, and MUN). During her time at the University of Houston, Keri has developed, facilitated, or led more than 40 global learning programs, primarily related to the MENA region. She is also chair of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s South Central District, secretary of Phi Kappa Phi’s 54th Chapter, a STAR Network Fellow, and UH's education liaison with the Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and the Osgood Center for International Studies.