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Dr. R. Judith Quander Named Interim Associate Vice President

Dr. R. Judith Quander, UHD Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, was recently named Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development. 

In this role, she provides executive vision, leadership, and administrative support in the equitable recruitment, hiring, and retaining ofQuander faculty, including overseeing Faculty Credentialing, Faculty Orientation for new and continuing faculty, Faculty Retreats, and the Promotion & Tenure process. Quander also serves as the Chief Integrity Officer of the University by facilitating the faculty grievance process and conducting inquiries and investigations into policy violations in the academic and research arenas as needed.

Quander began her career as a middle school mathematics teacher after completing her master’s degree in Mathematics. That experience influenced her to pursue Mathematics Education as a career. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education with a focus on how high school mathematics teachers changed their instructional focus and style depending on the perceived ability level of the students. She also served as the Director of Research at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, where she focused on making research findings accessible to practicing teachers. 


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.