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Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Dr. Kathryn I. Matthew 

Biographical Sketch

Kathryn I. Matthew Kathryn I. Matthew is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) at University of Houston-Clear Lake. As AVPAA, Matthew provides leadership and supervision for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Center for Faculty Development. She also serves as the chief academic officer in the absence of the provost.

In 2005 Matthew joined University of Houston-Clear Lake as a tenured associate professor and the Literacy, Language, and Literature Studies Program coordinator in the School of Education. From 2005 to 2010, she was also the director of the Greater Houston Area Writing Project. She was promoted to professor in 2010 and assumed responsibilities of the interim associate dean until 2014, when she returned to her faculty position. 

Dr. Matthew came to UHCL from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Prior to that, she was an associate professor in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and the co-principal investigator of a statewide $1.6 million federal technology grant.

Her scholarly works include articles in national and international journals. She has also authored and coauthored nine books. Dr. Matthew is the co-principal investigator of a $3.7 million U.S. Department of Education HSI STEM grant to support Hispanic and low-income students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dr. Matthew received her B.A. in sociology and her MEd in curriculum and instruction with elementary teacher education certification and reading specialist certification from the University of New Orleans. She also received her EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston.


The AVPAA reports to the senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. In the absence of the provost, the AVPAA provides primary administrative supervision and guidance to all the academic leadership and administrative staff reporting to the Provost Office. He or she also acts as a liaison with the University of Houston System, chief academic officers of feeder community colleges, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The AVPAA provides leadership and supervision for the Offices of Institutional Effectiveness, Sponsored Programs, and the Center for Faculty Development. The AVPAA works with the vice president for Student Affairs, the associate vice president for Enrollment Management, and the interim associate vice president for Student Success & Initiatives to enhance student success initiatives related to retention, enrollment growth, distance education and program development.

The responsibilities of the AVPAA include:

  • Assisting in the timely development of the annual instructional budget and serve as a liaison between the deans and the provost's office related to financial issues and summer school.
  • Assisting and supporting as necessary the leadership and relevant committees and university organizations including Faculty Senate, Academic Council, Academic Associates Council, University Council and serves as an ad hoc member of various committees as requested by the provost or president.
  • Preparing and submitting course, degree and program requests and reports and coordinates academic program reviews and accreditations.
  • Acting as a liaison between students and the schools, handle student academic appeals and complaints, guide students and the schools in complying with university guidelines, and coordinate academic and behavioral-based appeals with the Dean of Students.
  • Working with the Provost Office's staff to develop the academic calendar, assist with academic publications such as but not limited to the university catalog and faculty handbook.

 Reporting Units


  • Office of the Provost

    Phone: 281-283-3000
    Fax: 281-283-3009

    Bayou Building, 2525
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 74
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.