Interim Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Dr. Kathryn I. Matthew 

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Kathryn I. Matthew is the Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). As AVPAA, Dr. Matthew provides leadership and supervision for the Offices of Academic Programming, Planning and Assessment, Institutional Research, International Admissions and Programs, Sponsored Programs, Grant Support, and Transition Programs. Dr. Matthew also serves as the Chief Academic Officer in the absence of the Provost.

In 2005 Dr. Matthew joined the University of Houston Clear Lake as a tenured Associate Professor and the Literacy, Language, and Library Science Program Coordinator in the School of Education.

From 2005 to 2010 she was also Director of the Greater Houston Area Writing Project. She was promoted to professor in 2010 and assumed responsibilities of Interim Associate Dean until 2014 at which time she returned to her faculty position. 

Dr. Matthew came to UHCL from the University of Texas-Houston, Health Science Center. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and Co-Principal Investigator of a state wide $1.6 million federal technology grant.

Her scholarly works include articles in national and international journals. She has also authored and coauthored nine books. She is 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 and Co-Principal Investigator of a $1.73 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen transition programs at UHCL.

Dr. Matthew received her BA 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 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 and in the absence of the Provost provides primary administrative supervision and guidance to all the academic leadership and administrative staff reporting to the Provost Office. The AVPAA 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, International Admissions and Programs, Sponsored Programs, and the Title III Grant Program. The AVPAA works with the Associate Vice President of Student Services, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Associate Vice-President for Information Resources to enhance student success initiatives related to retention, enrollment growth, distance education, and program development.

  • Assist 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;
  • Assist and support 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;
  • Prepare and submit course, degree and program requests and reports and coordinates academic program reviews and accreditations;
  • Act 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;
  • Work with the Provost’s office 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 Institutional Effectiveness
  • Office of Transition Programs - Title III Grant
  • Office of E-Learning Services
  • Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Office of Pearland Campus Operations
  • Center for Faculty Development
  • 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.