UHCL Million Dollar Club honors faculty, staff

University of Houston-Clear Lake recognized 11 university faculty and two staff members through the creation of the Million Dollar Club, a special honor for those who have been awarded one or more grants totaling a million dollars or more during the past ten years.

“We enjoy celebrating the hard work of our professors and staff who are committed to achieving excellence in teaching, research and service,” says UH-Clear Lake Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton. “By receiving record amounts of grant money from external agencies, and by conducting cutting edge research, UHCL has established itself as a leading master’s university in the state of Texas.

“Our professors and staff members have not only worked hard in their respective fields and received grants for their work, but they have also shared their knowledge and research with our students, future teachers, scientists, doctors and more.”

In addition to providing financial resources for academic research, the grants received provide scholarships and resources for numerous educational initiatives.

The grants also often provide funding that addresses special needs within the community. For example, the School of Education’s $1.6 million Collaborative Bicultural Counselor Training Project, funded by the Department of Education, targets a shortage of bicultural counselors in the surrounding community by providing financial support for 30 area teachers to complete advanced degrees in counseling and five doctoral degrees with bicultural emphasis. The $1.5 million Collaborating in the Academic Success for All grant, also funded by the Department of Education, allows 30 area teachers to complete advanced degrees in multicultural studies with specializations in mathematics or science and in bilingual education or English as a Second Language.

Likewise, the $1.1 million Robert Noyce Scholarship Program in Mathematics awarded by the National Science Foundation provides academic and financial support for 15 future middle and high school mathematics teachers, and includes an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics classes. Other grants included funding for bilingual school administrator training, English as a Second Language teachers and school librarians, environmental programs, library archives and more.

New members welcomed to the Million Dollar Club included School of Education faculty members: Associate Professor of Literacy, Language and Library Science Jane Claes; Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership Program, and Chair of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Larry Kajs;  Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Studies and Chair of Foundations Judy Marquez; Associate Professor of Counseling Cheryl Sawyer; Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Studies Laurie Weaver; Emerita Associate Professor of Literacy, Language and Library Science Maureen White, and Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Instructional Design & Technology Jana Willis.

School of Science and Computer Engineering Million Dollar Club members included Program Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics Tom Fox, Executive Director of the Environmental Institute of Houston and Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science George Guillen; Division Chair of Computing and Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Kwok-Bun Yue; and Program Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Sharon Perkins Hall.

Alfred R. Neumann Library Executive Director Karen Wielhorski and Executive Director of Sponsored Programs Paul Meyers also were recognized for their activities.

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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.

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