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Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services

The Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services' mission is to assist you in successfully achieving your academic goals as a UTHealth School of Public Health student by providing timely and accurate information, quality service and personal guidance. In conjunction with the SPH Student Association, we also support and promote student life and act as a liaison between students and faculty, advocating for student needs and concerns.

Services

The Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services serves as the central “hub” for the services that will assist you from the time you apply through graduation. The services and support systems we offer include: communicating with prospective students; processing of applicant documents; conducting orientation, providing financial assistance information; administrative support for UTHealth School of Public Health courses and programs, career information, one-to-one counseling, and planning commencement activities.

Staff

Academic Affairs

NeshAqrawi
Nesh Aqrawi
Director, Academic Affairs
713-500-9071
Nesh.Aqrawi@uth.tmc.edu

  • Provides direction for all School of Public Health state-wide academic affairs and student services operations, programs, activities, initiatives and events
  • Serves as the liaison to all external academic and student affairs organizations

SharonCummings
Sharon Cummings
Program Manager, Academic Affairs
713-500-9076
Sharon.S.Cummings@uth.tmc.edu

  • Assists students and faculty with graduate certificate offerings for all students
  • Manages faculty governance, promotion and tenure, six-year review, faculty awards, and adjunct faculty appointments

Kathryn McAdams
Kathryn McMillan
Senior Coordinator, Student Services
713-500-9037
Kathryn.McAdams@uth.tmc.edu

  • Responsible for enrollment activities, maintaining course and enrollment data, and for developing the schedule of classes each semester for all School of Public Health campuses
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements the course evaluation process for all degree-seeking students

Student Advocacy and ADA Accommodations

MaryAnnSmith
Mary Ann Smith, PhD
Assistant Dean of Students
713-500-9236
Mary.A.Smith@uth.tmc.edu

  • Manages student grievances, disciplinary matters, academic integrity issues and serves as the faculty advisor for the School of Public Health Student Association
  • Serves as the School of Public Health ADA/504 Coordinator

Academic Advising

RobertHammarberg
Robert Hammarberg
Manager, Academic Affairs
713-500-9031
Robert.Hammarberg@uth.tmc.edu

  • Manages all academic advising and related planning processes across campuses
  • Manages all dual-degree, accelerated masters, certificate and non-degree programs for all campuses

JohnAdams
John Adams
Coordinator, Student Records
713-500-9033
John.Adams@uth.tmc.edu

  • Monitors students’ academic progress throughout their tenure at the School of Public Health
  • Manages and assists students with their academic committees

Kaitlin Harris
Kaitlin Harris
Coordinator, Student Services
713-500-9037
Kaitlin.Harris@uth.tmc.edu

  • Monitors students’ academic progress throughout their tenure at the School of Public Health
  • Manages and assists students with their academic committees

Admissions and Recruitment

ElvisParada
Elvis Parada
Assistant Director, Admissions and Student Services
713-500-9028
Elvis.A.Parada@uth.tmc.edu

  • Responsible for the management and implementation of new student orientations, commencement, student scholarships, and all recruitment events
  • Oversees the admissions and recruitment processes of the School of Public Health (includes new student scholarships)

Career and Alumni Services

SarahDauchez
Sarah Dauchez
Assistant Director, Career and Alumni Services
713-500-9025
Sarah.K.Dauchez@uth.tmc.edu

  • Responsible for services including resume critique, mock interviews, career advising and assessments, and job search assistances
  • Provides support and engagement opportunities to our alumni

Data Reporting

SarahDonahue
Sarah Donahue
Business Intelligence Analyst
713-500-9035
Sarah.Donahue@uth.tmc.edu

  • Collects, preserves and disseminates institutional data and ensure its integrity and accuracy
  • Assists in providing data to the UTHealth community, external agencies and fulfills state and federally mandated reporting requirements

Educational Technology

PeggyPowell
Peggy Powell
Manager, Educational Technology
713-500-9230
Peggy.L.Powell@uth.tmc.edu

  • Responsible for the support, design, development, implementation, delivery, and maintenance of resources used for instructional functions
  • Provides support and assistance for leave of absence requests, the qualifying process, post qualifying issues, and academic integrity issues

MannySoto
Manny Soto
Coordinator, Educational Programs
713-500-9082
Manuel.A.Soto@uth.tmc.edu

  • Assists the educational technology team with training faculty, staff and students in Canvas
  • Coordinates faculty workshops and panels as an additional learning resource for School of Public Health faculty

Graduation

DeeKirksey
Dee Kirksey
Senior Coordinator, Student Services
713-500-9029
Diari.Kirksey@uth.tmc.edu

  • Manages the graduation process for degree-seeking students at all School of Public Health campuses
  • Assists department leadership with development, review and interpretation of academic policies and student research standards

Office Management and Scholarships

BrookeBurns
Brooke Burns
Senior Administrative Coordinator, Student Research 
713-500-9072
Brooke.Burns@uth.tmc.edu

  • Responsible for the daily business operational and financial management of the office and coordinates the application and selection process for endowed scholarships
  • Ensures that the office is in compliance with the fiscal, budgetary, personnel, and operational systems established by university, departmental, program, and grant guidelines

Practicum and Public Health Practice

JanelleRios
Janelle Rios, PhD
Director, Public Health Practice
713-500-9477
Janelle.Rios@uth.tmc.edu

  • Guides students through applied practice experiences
  • Chairs the School of Public Health Practice Council

LauraRademacher
Laura Rademacher
Coordinator, Educational Programs
713-500-9024
Laura.Rademacher@uth.tmc.edu

  • Guides students through their public health practice experience
  • Supports the overall administrative and operational goals of practicum program

Holly Cieslikowski
Holly Cieslikowski
Project Specialist
713-500-9365
Holly.Cieslikowski@uth.tmc.edu

  • Supports all practicum activities
  • Reviews learning contracts

Student Research

PatSalas
Patricia Salas
Senior Administrative Coordinator
713-500-9064
Patricia.Salas@uth.tmc.edu

  • Manages the student research process [culminating experience (CE), thesis and dissertation]
  • Oversees the administrative review and approval of thesis and dissertation proposals

Physical address

Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services
UTHealth School of Public Health
1200 Pressler Street
RAS E-201
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-500-9032
Fax: 713-500-9068
Email: SPHStudentServices@uth.tmc.edu

Mailing address

Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services
UTHealth School of Public Health
P.O. Box 20186
Houston, TX 77225

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.