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College of Public Service Dean's Faculty & Staff Award Winners

Recently, the College of Public Service (CPS) honored its faculty and staff with the Dean's Faculty & Staff Awards. “The Dean’s Faculty & Staff Awards are an important way to recognize the faculty and staff who go above and beyond to help support the College and meet the needs of our students and our community,” said Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Dean of CPS.  “I am excited to honor this year’s amazing group of award winners!”

Distinguished Service: Faculty
Dr. Bernardo Pohl
Associate Professor 
Urban Education

Distinguished Diamond
Dr. Dawn McCarty
Social Work

Distinguished Teaching
Dr. Judith Harris
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice

Distinguished Research
Dr. Yu-Han Hung
Assistant Professor
Urban Education

Distinguished Service: Staff
Richard Simonds
Data Analytics


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.