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Judith Harris is a Finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Maria Bhattacharjee is a Finalist for the Excellence in Service Award from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Heather Goltz is a Finalist for the Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Dana Smith is a Finalist for the Outstanding Lecturer Award from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Stephanie Karas has been selected as the College of Public Service Faculty Teaching Fellow for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

Crystal Belle will present her papers, "Black Men Matter: The Power of Portraiture in Qualitative Research About Black Male Students" and "Stronger Classrooms, Stronger Communities: Developing Revolutionary Educational Practices to Transform Teaching" at the American Educational Research Conference.

Hsiao-Ming Wang will be a featured speaker at the Formosa Modern Criminal Justice Seminar in Taipei, Taiwan. He will present his paper, "Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: An International Security Perspective".

Heather Goltz has been selected to serve on the Planning Committee for the 14th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice Workshop. The Summer Workshop will be co-sponsored by UHD and will take place at UHD on June 20 – 25.

Ron Beebe will present his paper, "The Foundations of Professional Development School Practice: Exploring Commonalities in Language and Action" at the American Educational Research Conference.
Stephanie Karas will present her paper, "The President's Black Box Unveiled: Presidential Use of Statements of Administration Policy for Crime Policy" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Conference.

Crystal Belle was invited to do a guest lecture at Brandeis University to discuss Critical Media Literacy.

Judith Harris will present her paper, "Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact" at the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference. This work represents an interdisciplinary study at UHD.

Lori Brusman-Lovins will present her paper, "Can we safely manage juvenile sex offenders in the community" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference.

Benardo Pohl will present his paper, "Pedagogy of the Disabled: Building a Community of Voices" at the Canadian Disability Study Association Annual Conference.

Hsiao-Ming Wang will present his paper, "Taiwan and INTERPOL: A Note in Context of International Security" at the Taiwan 2016 Public Affairs Forum.

Viola Garcia was honored by Solo Mujeres Magazine as Woman of the Year 2016.

Kevin Buckler will present his paper, "Political Discourse on Ferguson, MO: An Analysis of Political Cartoons" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Conference.

Kevin Buckler will present his paper, "Interviews with Medical Examiners: The Role of Gender in Professional Adaptation" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Conference.

Mike Cavanaugh​Kevin Buckler, and Barbara Belbot, along with James Frank – University of Cincinnati, and Craig Hemmens, Washington State University, will host a roundtable on the Journal of Criminal Justice and Law: A Discussion of Need, Direction, and Submission Guidelines. This journal is housed at UHD and our colleagues are the Co-Editors of the journal.

Janice Ahmad, Ashley BlackburnRebecca Pfeffer, Larry Karson, and Jace Valcore​ will meet with the UHD Retention Task Force chaired by Lisa Morano and will provide input into the guidelines for the Faculty Mentor Program.

The Advising Center had their first small group sessions with students from Criminal Justice and Urban Education. The sessions were well received and this new initiative will be very beneficial to our students.

The Administrative Staff Forum held their first monthly meeting with the new Department Business Administrators. This promises to be a powerful working group for problem solving and process development. 


Last updated 11/21/2018 4:55 AM