Dr. Catherine Howard
Dr. Catherine HowardInterim Director, University Honors Program - Lecturer in EnglishEnglish
Catherine Howard is a lecturer in the Department of English at UHD. She holds a PhD from Rice University in 20th-century American documentary prose, an MA from Rice in 19th-century British poetry, and a BA from Baylor University in philosophy, German, and English. Dr. Howard has served the UH system for over twenty years, having taught at UHD since 1993. She spent eight years teaching in the English Department and the Honors College at UH and one year at UHCL.
Since 2006 she has taught full time at UHD, where she covers a variety of upper- and lower-division courses for the department as needed. Catherine Howard likes to explore, both in teaching and in research, the intersections among disciplines, genres, and ideas—for example, American versus European modernism, philosophy in literature, ancient influences on current thought, and how dusty old texts affect our everyday lives.
PhD, Rice University, May 1994
MA, Rice University, May 1990
BA, Baylor University, May 1986
- TCOM 4322 Editing, Rewriting and Copyreading
- TCOM 3302 Business and Technical Writing
- ENG 3305 Essay Writing
- ENG 3311 Studies in Poetry
- ENG 3312 Studies in Fiction
- ENG 2301 Survey of World Literature: Ancient to 17th Century
- ENG 2302 Survey of World Literature: 17th Century and Beyond
- ENG 2311 Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
- ENG 2312 Survey of American Literature: 1865 to Present
- ENG 2313 Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1800
- ENG 2314 Survey of British Literature: 1800 to Present
- ENG 1301 Composition I
- ENG 1302 Composition II
- RDG 1300 Reading
Summary of Qualifications:
Dr. Catherine Howard is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. She holds a PhD from Rice University in American literature, an MA from Rice in British literature, and a BA from Baylor University in philosophy, German, and English. She has taught English and Humanities courses for almost thirty years in the University of Houston system, and in Spring 2014 she was a finalist for UHD's Outstanding Lecturer Award. For four years her principal teaching assignment was in the Honors College at UH main campus.
Dr. Howard also spent four years as academic manuscript editor in the departments of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Rice University, where she edited faculty books on such varied topics as African transformative politics and theory, Byzantine agriculture, logical principles in Tibetan religion, suppression of native heritage in the Americas, theological aesthetic perspectives, Freudian cultural history, Aristotelian influences, translations of Petrarch, forced colonial migration in the East Indies, Hispanic legends in modern dance, Japanese pilgrimage sites, Victorian murder rates, Kant and anthropology, and Post-Positivism in the study of science. In addition, she has served as a consultant on such textbooks as The Norton Anthology of World Literature, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Mike Markel's Technical Communication, and The St. Martin's Handbook.
In the summers Dr. Howard reads for the College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam, administered by the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, New Jersey). Within this organization she has participated as Reader, Table Leader, Section Leader, national Sample Selector, and Exam Leader. Most recently she served four years as the national Assistant Chief Reader for this exam.
"Hart Crane." Student's Encyclopedia of Great American Writers: 1910-1945. Ed. Robert C. Evans and Patricia Gantt. New York: Facts on File, 2009/2010.
"Katherine Anne Porter." Student's Encyclopedia of Great American Writers: 1910-1945. Ed. Robert C. Evans and Patricia Gantt. New York: Facts on File, 2009/2010
Finalist, UHD Outstanding Lecturer Award, Spring 2014