Honors College Staff
Director, Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs
Keri Myrick is director of the Office of Global Engagement and Special Programs in the Honors College at the University of Houston. Currently, Ms. Myrick is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies – Comparative & International Education, with a focus on education in the Middle East. Her dissertation research examines the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on public education in Jordan through three studies: a qualitative policy analysis of emergency education response interventions; the experiences of teachers in public, double-shift, K-12 schools; and how refugee identity formation shapes student development and sense-of-belonging in adolescents. She has participated in multiple research fellowships to 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 Medical Ethics & Humanitarian Aid: Service-Learning Program in Jordan.
Ms. Myrick’s research interests include identity development in refugee students; the influence of politics, secularism, and consociational agreements on education policy in the MENA region; and transformative-learning theory. Her recent projects consider the role of humanitarian-action-oriented learning abroad programs as a high-impact practice (HIP), and how reflective practice shapes students’ pre-/post-trip perspectives. She has recently published on “Fostering global citizenship education through reflective practice” in the Journal of Social Studies and History Education and “Reflecting on reflecting: Summer undergraduate research students’ experiences in developing electronic portfolios” in the International Journal of ePortfolio. She and her team were also accepted to present a case study entitled "Reflective practice and health-related study-abroad in war-adjacent and refugee communities" at the AAC&U's Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, & Careers Conference, which analyzes student-driven data collected during the Medical Ethics & Humanitarian Aid: Service-Learning in Jordan, Summer 2019 program.
In her administrative role, Ms. Myrick oversees the Honors College’s Learning- and Service-Abroad/Away initiatives and is the faculty adviser for multiple co-curricular programs, including Model Arab League, Model United Nations, and Model G20-Summit. During her time at the University of Houston, Ms. Myrick has developed, facilitated, or led more than 30 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, secretary of the Comparative & International Education Society's Middle East Special Interest Group, a STAR Network Scholar, and UH's Education Liaison with the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Osgood Center for International Studies.