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University of Houston - Clear Lake
News Release
Thursday, September 22, 2011

New dean takes lead in UH-Clear Lake school

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake named Rick Short as dean of the university’s School of Human Sciences and Humanities. Short began his tenure with the university Aug. 1.

Dr. Short brings in more than 25 years of university-level education, research and clinical experience,” said UH-Clear Lake Senior Vice President and Provost Carl A. Stockton.

Short, who holds a doctorate in human development and psychological services from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, comes to the university from Middle Tennessee State University where he served as an associate dean for the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and professor of psychology as well as associate dean for planning, evaluation, assessment and research for the College of Education and Behavioral Science. His extensive background includes serving as assistant executive director of education for the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. and associate professor and director of the Center for Learning, Evaluation and Assessment Research at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He also has been a faculty member at the Penn State University and Auburn University.

“I look forward to the opportunity to working with the staff and faculty in the School of Human Sciences and Humanities,” said Short, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Texas. “UHCL is an excellent university, and it’s good to return to Texas.”

In addition to being a fellow for the American Psychological Association, Short also received the High Flyer Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Missouri College of Education and the Jack A. Bardon Award for Distinguished Service from the APA Division of School Psychology. He has served on the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, as president of the APA Division of School Psychology, and as chair of the American Psychological Association/National Association of School Psychologists Inter-Organizational Council.

Publications for Short include co-authoring five books such as “Comprehensive children’s mental health services: A public health approach” and “Making psychology in the schools indispensable: Critical questions and emerging perspectives.” He has also published several book chapters and many journal articles in his field.

“Dr. Short has a strong record of teaching, service and funded research and publication,” said Stockton. “In addition, Dr. Short is a licensed psychologist and school psychologist.”

Stockton added his thanks for those serving on the search committee and to Professor of Family Therapy Leslye Mize who served as interim dean during the past year.

University of Houston-Clear Lake offers 40 undergraduate and 45 graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more UH-Clear Lake news and information, visit UH-Clear Lake’s newsroom,, or follow UH-Clear Lake on Facebook,, and Twitter,

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