Pratt Will Fill Temporary Administrative Position, Continue Teaching Business Courses
Management and history professor Joseph Pratt has a full agenda in his new role as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston.
After being named interim dean by recently appointed UH Vice President of Academic Affairs John Antel, who vacated the position, Pratt said he would be responsible for the transition period. A faculty member since 1986, Pratt teaches courses at UH Bauer College of Business on globalization and the international business environment, which he will continue to do as he takes on the role of CLASS dean.
The additional responsibility as interim dean will be a way to give back to UH, Pratt said. “I saw this as an opportunity to repay some small portion of the debt I owe to UH, which has been very good to me over my 24 years here,” he added.
Pratt is a leading historian of the petroleum industry and author or co-author of numerous articles and books, including one written with Tyler Priest, director of Global Studies at UH Bauer, about the history of offshore oil and gas.
In addition to his research work, Pratt will continue to teach history and business courses while pursuing his role as interim CLASS dean. “As an interim dean, my goals will be keep CLASS running smoothly; to push forward ongoing initiatives in such areas as energy, public policy and student success,” he said. “We face hard financial times around campus right now, and my responsibilities will also be to manage the college’s finances in ways that protect vital programs and student services.”
By Mayra Cruz