Dr. Kimberly McLeod
Interim Director Phone: 713-313-6690 Email:email@example.com
Program Coordinator Phone: 713-313-6690 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Texas Southern University Teaching and Learning Excellence Center is available
to all teaching personnel at the university.
Dr. Kimberly McLeod
Dr. Kimberly McLeod Interim Director Teaching and Learning Excellence Center (TLEC)
Dr. Kimberly McLeod has spent her entire career in public education. She has held
various positions in the public school setting including that of a teacher, counselor,
and administrator for ten years. She is currently working as the Interim Director
for the Teaching and Learning Excellence Center (TLEC) and is an Associate Professor
for Texas Southern University in the College of Education and has worked for TSU for
nine years. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from
the University of Houston, a Masters degree in Counseling and Guidance, a Master's
degree in Educational Administration and a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education
from Texas Southern University.
Dr. McLeod is the immediate past president of the Houston Area Alliance of Black School
Educator and currently serves on the board of the National Alliance of Black School
Educators as the president of the southwest region working with 6 southwestern states.
She also serves on the board of Dean's Professional Services and has helped pioneer
the establishment of a learning and development center on a national level for their
corporation. She is the founding editor for a nationally peer reviewed journal housed
in the College of Education called the National Journal of Urban Education and Practice
that has been in circulation since the founding year of 2007. Dr. McLeod has presented
workshops at well over a hundred venues over the past five years and has written six
books, three children's books, over 12 articles in various peer reviewed journals.
She has been awarded Teacher of the Year by the college of Education at Texas Southern
University and was selected as an award recipient of the YMCA minority achiever's
Desa Dow TLEC Program Coordinator
Desa Dow is a Graduate Student pursuing her Masters in Counseling, at Texas Southern
University. Her passion is to help and guide others, and her life thus far has been
dedicated to doing so. She is the Vice President of the Texas Southern University
Student Counseling Association, and a certified Peer Educator. Her undergraduate
degree is in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in Children Studies,
from Brooklyn College, in Brooklyn New York. Desa has worked with children for over
nine years and is currently in the process of developing her own enrichment program
that will foster social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth of children birth
to adolescence. Her expected graduation date is May of 2013.
Cherry Gooden College of Education
Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden currently serves as an Associate Professor and Chairperson
of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Texas
Southern University in Houston, Texas. This 1964 graduate of Texas Southern University
earned a B.S. in Elementary Education, and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education
with a concentration in Reading, at Texas Southern University and a Doctorate of
Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies with a program emphasis
in Multicultural Education at the University of Houston.
Dr. Gooden is a dedicated, committed teacher with more than 42 years teaching experience—
at both the elementary and university levels. She has been a consultant for various
school districts in the state of Texas as well as in the nation.
Dr. Gooden is a member of many professional organizations including
National Association for Multicultural Education (where she is also a founding member),
Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, International Reading Association,
Concerned Educators of Black Children, and the National Alliance of Black School
Educators where she serves as Secretary of the Higher Education Commission. She has
also been active in community organizations such as Jack and Jill of America, National Women of Achievement,
Top Ladies of Distinction, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Gooden, a member of Abundant Life Cathedral, is listed in Who's Who Among Black
Americans and Who's Who in American Education.
Vera Walker Hawkins, Ph.D. School of Communication
Vera Walker Hawkins, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Texas Southern
University (TSU) in Houston. Appointed Interim chair of the Journalism Department
in 2006, Dr. Hawkins served in this capacity until September 2010. Dr. Hawkins served
as Chair/Interim Director of TSU's Quality Enhancement Plan Committee and was intricately
involved in the University's preparation for its SACS Accreditation Reaffirmation
from 2007 - 2011.
Dr. Hawkins received her doctorate degree in journalism from The University of Texas-Austin.
Before her most recent assignment at TSU, Dr. Hawkins was an American Educational
Research Association Postdoctoral Fellow at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
While in Boston, she collaborated on culturally relevant multimedia projects with
the Harvard Graduate School of Education, The Sesame Workshop, WGBH Television, and
the Cambridge Public Schools. Dr. Hawkins' areas of interests include comparative
media studies, children's programming, journalism education, science reporting and
Dr. Hawkins' recently published her first book in January 2010, New Media Storytelling
as Pedagogy for African American Children with Lambert Publishing Company. The book
is available online at Amazon.com and other online vendors. For more on Hawkins research
interests visit her website at www.schoolhousestories.org .
Maurice Mangum Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
Dr. Maruice Mangum, Interim Associate Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School
of Public Affairs and associate professor of political science, specializes in the
political behavior (public opinion and political participation) of African Americans.
His research on African Americans focuses on opinions toward immigration, affirmative
action, political trust, and party identification, as well as their political participation.
Dr. Mangum also examines the effects of race and religion on American public opinion
and political participation, particularly with regard to immigration and party identification,
and voter turnout. Some of his works can be found in the Political Research Quarterly, Party Politics, Polity, Politics and Religion, Policy Studies Journal, the American Review of Politics, the Social Science Journal, and the International Social Science Review. Reach him at (713) 313-4826, email@example.com.
Michael Zeitler College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Michael Zeitler is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Student Academic
Enhancement Services's Freshman Seminar Program. He is the author of Representations
of Culture: Thomas Hardy's Wessex and Victorian Anthropology (Peter Lang, 2007) and
co-editor, with Charlene T. Evans, of Race and Identity in Barack Obama's 'Dreams
from My Father': A Collection of Critical Essays (Mellen Press, 2012). Dr. Zeitler
is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), and The Johns Hopkins
University (Ph.D.). He teaches a wide variety of subjects at Texas Southern University,
including World Literature, British Literature, American Literature, and, African
American Literature, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Jane Perkyns College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Perkyns is an Associate Professor of Music has been a member of the faculty of
Texas Southern University in Houston, TX since 1991 teaching applied piano, music
history, theory, piano pedagogy and assisting in opera workshop and performance seminar
classes, and served for three years as the Music Coordinator in the Dept. of Fine
Arts. She was the 2011 recipient of the TSU McCleary Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Perkyns has performed extensively throughout Canada and the USA, appearing both
as soloist, and collaborative artist. She has also been heard on several adio regional
and national radio programs and has had the honor of premiering several works both
in the solo and chamber music field.
Along with her accomplishments in the classical field, Dr. Perkyns has also been active
in the area of musical theatre and composition. She was the co-founder of Curtyn Calls
Co., and assists at Theatre Under the Stars as a co-director of Musicals for Me, To.
Both programs are devoted to the writing and producing of children's musical theatre
and to teaching musical theatre classes to children with disabilities. Her musical
theatre works have been performed throughout Texas. Excerpts of the production "Love
is a Disability" were performed at the 2000 George Bush Medal Awards Ceremony in the
presence of the President Bush, Sr.
Dr. Perkyns received her graduate degrees from The Juilliard School (M.Mus.) and the
University of British Columbia (DMA).
Remi Ademola Center for Online Education & Instructional Technology
Remi is an information technology professional with an emphasis on academic technologies
for teaching and learning. He currently oversees the administration and support of
the blackboard learning management system on campus through the Center for Online
Education and Instructional Technology (COLEIT). As an academic technology department,
COLEIT provides workshops to faculty on various technologies applicable to their learning
goals and objectives. The Center also works with faculty to develop wholly online
courses and degree/certificate programs through sound instructional design techniques.
Remi's office is located in the Library Bldg RM 504 or via phone (713) 313-4343.
Cassandra Hill Thurgood Marshall School of Law School
Cassandra L. Hill is the Director of Legal Writing and an Assistant Professor of
Law at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL), where she
teaches legal analysis and writing. Professor Hill began her teaching career at
UCLA School of Law and practiced in the areas of tax and employee benefits law at
Baker Botts L.L.P. She also served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Vanessa
D. Gilmore, United States District Court Judge.
Professor Hill’s research interests include legal education and assessment, legal
writing pedagogy, learning theory, and employment law matters. She recently coauthored
(with Professor Katherine Vukadin) an innovative book on legal analysis, Legal Analysis: 100 Exercises for Mastery, which will be published by LexisNexis Mathew Bender in spring 2012. She also has
written several articles and essays and presented research on law school pedagogy
and assessment. Her recent article, Collaboration Training with an Eye toward Outcomes and Assessment, appeared in the Legal Writing Institute’s Second Draft. She then was invited to give the keynote speech at the 2011 North and South Carolina
Legal Research and Writing Colloquium, where she spoke on law school assessment and
Professor Hill is a member of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the Association
of Legal Writing Directors. She also is the Managing Editor for the LWI Monograph Series and the Secretary for the Diversity Committee of the AALS Section on Legal Writing,
Reasoning, and Research. She has served on the Program Committee for the AALS Section
on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research and the AALS Section on Teaching Methods.
Professor Hill is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar,
and the New York State Bar. Professor Hill received her J.D. (first in her class)
from Howard University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Virginia,
where she was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa.
Oscar Criner College Science of Technology
Oscar H. Criner is Professor of Computer Science and Interim Associate Dean of the
College of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University. He received his early
education in the public schools of Texas and graduated from Phillis Wheatley Senior
High School in Houston in 1956. He attended Howard University in Washington graduating
with at B.S. in mathematics and a minor in physics. He received the Ph.D. degree in
applied mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
In his early career, he was a data analyst for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company,
a mathematician for United Research Services (URS Corp.) in Burlingame California,
where he became an expert on the effects of nuclear weapons, finite amplitude stress
waves, surface water waves, and computer models of mass fires. Going on to work for
the U.S. Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory in San Francisco, he devised measures
for the control of mass fires and constructed computational models in neutron cross-section
spectroscopy. He also worked for Sandia Corporation in Livermore California, where
he worked on the first true supercomputer, the Control Data 6600, solving problems
in the vibration of thin shells.
Social issues had begun to dominate his thinking and activity and he was invited to
join the Westside Community Mental Health Center, Inc. in San Francisco as Assistant
Director for Operations. The Westside position and his activity in the community led
to his being invited to join the faculty of the Department of Black Studies at San
Francisco State University. There, his research in economics and the scientific workforce
led to his understanding of the barriers that prevent African Americans from entering
scientific professions and motivated his decision become active in science education
and to teach at a historically black college.
After a search of computer science programs in colleges around the country, Dr. Criner
found a perfect match. Texas Southern University, in his hometown, needed a person
to head the computer science program. He became the first head of the Department of
Computer Science at Texas Southern University in September 1976. He built a student
body from 50 in 1976 to over 700 in 1984 when he left the position to become the Founding
Dean of College of Science and Technology. He left the Deanship in 1986 to work in
industry. From 1987 to 1993 he was on leave from the University and served as a consultant
on software quality and productivity for large software manufacturers. Dr. Criner
teaches computer science, computational modeling and environmental science. His current
research interests are web based computing, complex environmental and ecological systems
modeling, computational finance, and the homeland security issues of the petro-chemical
Ladelle Hyman Jesse H. Jones School of Business
Ladelle M. Hyman, CPA, Ph.D., Professor of Accounting, Department of Accounting and
Finance, Jesse H. Jones School of Business, has taught the following courses during
her thirty-one year sojourn at Texas Southern University: UNDERGRADUATE: Accounting 231 – Principles of Accounting I, Accounting 232 – Principles of Accounting
II, Accounting 331 – Intermediate Accounting I, Accounting 332 – Intermediate Accounting
II, Accounting 334 – Federal Taxation I, Accounting 336 – Cost Accounting, Accounting
431 – Advanced Accounting I; Accounting 436 – Federal Taxation II, BADM 101 – Introduction
to Business; and GRADUATE: Accounting 631 – Seminar in Managerial Accounting, Accounting 636 – Financial Accounting,
Accounting 647 – Cost accounting and Analysis, Accounting 651 – Contemporary topics
in Accounting, Accounting 655 – Seminar in Taxation, Accounting 657 – Seminar in
Auditing, Accounting 670 – Financial Accounting in Health Care Organizations, Accounting
671 – Managerial and Cost Accounting in Health Care Organizations, EMBA: Accounting
631—Seminar in Managerial accounting.
Ladelle has served on the following Committees: Texas State Board of Public Accountancy,
National Association of State boards of Accountancy, University Faculty Development
Committee, Miss TSU Pageant Committee, Graduate Studies Committee, Rank, Tenure,
Salary, and Promotion Committee, Academic Planning Committee, Faculty Research
Committee, Graduate Studies Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and as
an advisor to Beta Alpha Psi, The National Financial Information Fraternity.
Bob Ford Faculty Senate & The College of Science and Technology
Dr. Robert L Ford is President/CEO of DRF Industries, LLC. He is Professor of Chemistry,
Director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach (C-SEO), a Principal Organizer
of the Houston AllKidsAlliance Third Ward Regional Council, and member of the Advisory
Committee for the International Conference on ICT for Africa 2011. Ford is Chair
of the Faculty Senate Mentoring Committee at Texas Southern University, the TSU GLOBE
Partnership Coordinator and represents the College on the University Research Council.
He represents his College on the TSU Faculty Senate, and chairs the College of Science
and Technology Fundraising, Events, and Public Relations Committee. Dr. Ford is
a board member of Bridging the Digital Divide, Inc.; the Earl Carl Institute for
Legal and Social Policy, Inc., the Houston-Luanda Sister City Association, and a
member of the Thompson Elementary School Site Based Decision-Making Committee..
He has served as Associate Provost for Research at TSU, Vice President for Advancement
and Research at Fort Valley State University, Vice Chancellor for Research at Southern
University in Baton Rouge and Interim Chair of the TSU Chemistry Department. He represents
TSU on the Greater Houston Energy Collaborative and led the University’s Texas Emerging
Technology Fund Initiative. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Greater
Houston Area American Red Cross Southeast Branch, a member of the Institute of Green Professionals and founding Chairman of the Minority Serving Institution Research Partnership (MSIRP).
Ford has expertise in STEM education, project development and management, environmental
and sustainable development, group facilitation, and small business and entrepreneurship
development. He has international business and technology experience in South Africa,
The Republic of the Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Taiwan, Germany, China, and The Netherlands.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Southern University and
A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue
University at Lafayette, IN, where he was recently recognized as a Distinguished
Alumnus at both institutions. During his years at Xerox Corporation in Rochester,
NY and Palo Alto, CA, Ford worked in the areas organic charge transfer complex materials
development for improved photocopying applications (Webster Research Center) and
flat panel display device technology development based on multicolor colloidal systems
(Palo Alto Research Center). In the applied research arena, he conducted a feasibility
study in the Republic of the Gambia relative to agricultural waste to energy for
electricity production, and uranium enrichment processing in Germany and The Netherlands.
He is affiliated with the TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence
focusing on Petrochemical transport. Current areas of research interest include
petrochemical transport, STEM education, and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Lily Cheung
Dr. Lily Cheung College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Cheung is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy and
Health Sciences since the year of 2010. Dr. Cheung enjoys her role at TSU in teaching,
research, and service. Prior to coming to TSU, she has been working at Hospital of
the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years in various positions, including Clinical
Pharmacy Specialist in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacy Supervisor for Professional Development
and Pharmaceutical Care, and as Clinical Pharmacy Manager.
Dr. Cheung is a graduate of National Taiwan University (BS) and Texas Southern University
(BS/PharmD). She is currently teaching courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum,
and precept students in the Internal Medicine rotations.
Arbolina L. Jennings
Arbolina L. Jennings QEP & College Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences
Arbolina L. Jennings is Assistant Professor of English in the College of Liberal
Arts and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan
(QEP), Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on General Education at TSU, and a Thomas F.
Freeman Honor’s College Faculty Fellow.
Professor Jennings has participated in a variety of external grants in course re-design,
including the Majors Course Liberal Arts Design Team, The Houston A+ Challenge Grant,
and the NEH Film in the Humanities Grant. Professor Jennings serves on several Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) committees, including the College and
Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) as English Language Arts Vertical Team Member,
and on the THECB Committee on Student Learning Objectives for the new Texas Core
Arbolina L. Jennings has edited several books and written extensively on the modern
novel and on fiction-film interrelationships.