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UHS Board Approves UHD Professor Emeritus & Faculty Promotions


By Sheryl E. Taylor

At the May 21, University of Houston System (UHS) Board of Regents Meeting, one UHD faculty emeriti was named along with 19 faculty promotions.

Dr. Myrna Cohen, professor of ESL Education, was named Professor Emeritus for her significant contributions to the institution. The UHS Board recognizes faculty emeriti who contribute their expertise and institutional knowledge to the institution and serve in advisory roles.

Cohen joined UHD in 2000. In 2004, she was promoted to the rank of associate professor and also elected department chair of Urban Education in which she served for eight years. Her leadership continued as associate dean in the College of Public Service from 2012 to 2017, during which time she also earned a promotion to the rank of Professor. Cohen’s service expanded beyond the UHD community, and some highlights of her career include leadership roles in the Association of Teacher Educators Leadership Academy, various roles in the Consortium for State Organizations for Texas Teacher Educators, and reviewer for conference proposals and journals. As an active scholar, she is published regularly in her field, authored book chapters, co-edited a book and presented nationally.

The following faculty promotions were approved by the Board:

College of Business

Finance & Management Information Systems
Dr. Ohaness Paskelian, Professor

General Business, Marketing, & Supply Chain Management
Dr. Rupak Raunier, Associate Professor*

Management & Insurance Risk Management
Dr. Anand Pore, Associate Professor*

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Arts & Communication
Dr. Ashley Archiopoli, Associate Professor*
Dr. Elizabeth Hatfield, Associate Professor*
Dr. Windy Lawrence, Professor
Dr. Lucas Logan, Associate Professor*

Dr. Michael Duncan, Professor
Dr. Adam Ellwanger, Professor

Dr. Stephanie Coleman, Associate Professor*

College of Sciences & Technology

Computer Science & Engineering Technology
Dr. Vassilios Tzouanas, Professor
Dr. Arash Rahmatian, Associate Professor*

Mathmatics & Statistics
Dr. Dexter Cahoy, Associate Professor*
Dr. Timothy Redl, Math & Statistics, Professor

Natural Sciences
Dr. Rachna Sadana, Professor

College of Public Service

Criminal Justice & Social Work
Dr. Judith Harris, Associate Professor*
Dr. Jace Valcore, Associate Professor*

Urban Education
Dr. Beverly Alford, Associate Professor*
Dr. Ashwini Tiwari, Associate Professor*


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.