- On November 14, 2017 the College of Public Service, in partnership with UHD President
Juan Munoz and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, hosted the first Innovation
in Criminal Justice Symposium with panels devoted to Restorative Justice, Diversion,
and Community-Based Justice. Panelists from the college included: Lori Lovins, Rebecca
Pfeffer, Clete Snell, and John Kelly. The panels were moderated by Ashley Blackburn,
Nina Barbieri, and Dana Smith.
- Many thanks to Nina Barbieri, Ron Beebe, Barbara Belbot, Kevin Buckler, Christal
Burnett, Ana Esparza, Beth Gilmore, John Kelly, Bernardo Pohl, and Terrilyn Ratcliff
for representing us in the Cap and Gown Celebration with our December, 2017 graduates!
Honor cords were distributed to 143 College of Public Service Honor Graduates!
- Ashley Blackburn (CJ), Irene Chen (UE), and Rebecca Pfeffer (CJ) are currently co-editing
a book titled Emerging Trends in Cyber Ethics and Distance Learning with the final
product due to the publisher this month!
- Franklin Allaire, Urban Education faculty member and NASA Project Chair, adjuncts
teaching science methods courses with him, and our teacher candidates in Urban Education
who are working on the NASA/ISS/UHD project received a video from Astronaut Joe Acaba
aboard the International Space Station. Watch the video
- Nina Barbieri, Ashley Blackburn, and Dana Smith, all of whom served as moderators
during the Innovation in Criminal Justice Symposium will view the video-tapes of the
panel discussions and sync them up with the transcriptions the first week in December.
This work is being done so we can publish the proceedings of the symposium both online
and in hard copy format.
- Nina Barbieri’s manuscript, “Examining general strain: Using subjective and objective measures of academic strain to predict delinquency,” based upon her dissertation, was published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice.
- Heather Goltz and the team she works with in the Association of Social Work Sexuality
Special Interest Group presented a 3-hour Clinical Practice Intensive related to cancer
and sexual minorities and received notice of their peer-reviewed selection and invitation
to present a 90 minute Learning Institute during the 2018 AOSW meeting.
- Yu-Han Hung’s manuscript, “Exploration of teacher life stories: Taiwanese history
teachers’ curricular gatekeeping of controversial public issues,” was published in
Teaching and Teacher Education. This is the first of several works she will publish
from her dissertation.
- Rebecca Pfeffer’s manuscript, “Gendered outcomes in prostitution arrests in Houston,
Texas” has been accepted for publication in Crime and Delinquency.
- Shahnaz Savani’s proposal, “The role of researcher’s program discipline and communicative
style in designing a successful focus group interview: A case study,” was accepted
for presentation at the 30th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference.
- Matt Fugate was elected Vice-Chair of the Research Division for the Texas Association
for the Gifted and Talented.
- Krista Gehring published another work, Social Disorganization Theory, in her Crimcomics
series for Oxford University Press. This is the fourth in a series of thirteen works
to be published.
- Heather Goltz has been nominated to serve on the Field of Study Advisory Committee representing Social Work, to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- Laura Mitchell was selected to be on the Inclusion Council for Fielding Graduate
University. The goal of the group is to create a diversity plan for Fielding Graduate
University with a collaborative process for including cultural competence for faculty
and staff as they interact with students.
- The Attorney General granted funding for the Diversion Program; a collaborative
effort between the Harris County District Attorney’s office and Rebecca Pfeffer.
- Shahnaz Savani and student representatives from the Social Work Program and the
Social Work Students Community Advocacy Network and Leigh and Jerry Van Horn participated
in the Aga Khan Foundation Walk on November 4!
- On November 11th the College of Public Service participated in the Hero’s Run from
City Hall. We hosted an information table for our Criminal Justice programs and participated
in the run. Attending the event were Beth Sanders, Rebecca Pfeffer, Christal Burnett,
Mike Cavanaugh, Ana Esparza, Angie Goins, Mercedes Gonzales, Cynthia Hartman, Sharon
Noel, Ryan Robinson, Leigh Van Horn, and Steven Bracken and the Cadets of the UHD-Criminal
Justice training center who ran with their new flag.
- Matt Fugate’s paper, “Teaching gifted children: Success strategies for teaching
high ability learners,” was accepted for presentation at the National Association
for Gifted Children conference.
- Barbara Belbot and Krista Gehring will serve on the new UHD Center for Teaching
and Learning Excellence (CTLE) Course Innovation Subcommittee.
- Laura Mitchell’s paper, “The impact of a service learning project involving pre-service
teachers working with incarcerated students ,” was accepted for presentation at the
Annual International Conference of Educational Research and Innovation.
- Ashley Blackburn’s paper, “An examination of physical health problems among incarcerated
women,” was accepted for presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- Matt Fugate’s papers, “Instrumentation for gifted education research and programming:
A free repository for practitioners and researchers,” “Attention divergent hyperactive
giftedness: Creativity as a habit,” “You have a friend request: Giftedness in the
age of social media,” and “Equity and access – fair outcomes, treatment and opportunities,”
were accepted for presentation at the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented annual
- Judith Harris’ poster, “The evolution of a service learning course,” was accepted
for presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference.
- Krista Gehring’s paper, “Rapid resiliency: Stopping entry for justice involved women,”
was accepted for presentation at the Association for Justice Involved Females and
- Rebecca Pfeffer’s students in CJ 4316, Human Trafficking, hosted an event showcasing posters highlighting their research on the human trafficking problem in countries around the world. The event was held on November 28th at A 2nd Cup of Coffee Shop in the Heights.
- Judith Harris’ students in the Senior Seminar service learning course dedicated
to re-entry and recovery will host their final presentation commemorating community-based
projects and class completion on December 12th. Special guests include CEO Nadine
Scamp and Recovery Coach, Amelia Murphy of Santa Maria Hostel, and Senator John Whitmire
as well as representatives from Work Faith Connection, Unlimited Visions, Angela House,
Houston Food Bank, and SER-Jobs Programs.
- Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, Tau Delta Chapter held their Induction Ceremony
on December 5th. Dana Smith, Phi Alpha Advisor welcomed new members and officers Regina
Johnson and Penelope Thacker and new student members, Anila Ashraf, Armando Villegas,
Demetra Douglas, Otha Norton, Tillman Richards, Sonia Opara, Marissa Jimenez, Sarah
Setliff, Annette Howard, Dana Rose, Jasmyne Williams, Roberta Jennings, Vivian Taylor,
Shalean Williams, and Evelyn Bueno. Outstanding Social Work Field Instructors honored
and inducted were Angela Martinez from March of Dimes and Pamela Walker from Harris
County Protective Services.
- Nina Barbieri is serving as a research mentor for an Advanced Prep student attending Carnegie Vanguard High School. The student is taking a capstone research class and his topic and research question focus on the role and social effects of juveniles in Mexican cartels. She will meet with the student to provide feedback on the topic, assistance in locating resources, and help with data collection and analysis.
- The UHD-Criminal Justice Training Center Law Enforcement Academy recently reported
that they have 21 sponsored cadets; these are cadets who are already employed and
whose agencies are paying the tuition and sponsoring them in our program.
- Maria Bhattacharjee’s students who are teacher candidates in Urban Education will
have an exhibit and a theater presentation of picture books written in collaboration
with young students in a classroom of the Energized Early Childhood Center on December
- On Saturday, December 16th Beverly Alford, Nina Barbieri, Barbara Belbot, and Jacqueline
Sack will serve as marshals in the Commencement Ceremony. Barbara Belbot will represent
the college as our banner carrier.