Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Howard, Catherine H

Chair STEM
Professor, Chemistry/Biology

Degrees and Certificates

Texarkana College (09/01/1980 to 05/18/1982) A.S., 1982 Science

University of North Texas (09/01/1982 to 05/12/1984)  B.S., 1984 Biochemistry (magna cum laude)

University of North Texas (09/01/1984 to 05/17/1986)  M.S., 1986 Chemistry

NOVA Southeastern University (09/01/1998 to 04/30/2001)  Ed.D., 2001 Higher Education with emphases in Science Education

Education Related Employment

Division Chair Math and Science 2013-present

Texarkana College Chemistry, Biology, Math Departments, Texarkana Texas

  • Responsible for department budget, personnel issues, scheduling, student issues, all state and local reporting requirements

Assistant Chair STEM Division 2011-present

Texarkana College Chemistry, Biology, Math, Computer Science, Physics Departments, Texarkana, Texas

  • Assisted with scheduling, personnel issues, planning curriculum, evaluation of faculty.

Professor 1988 to present

Texarkana College, Chemistry and Biology Departments, Texarkana, Texas

  • Teaching load has included nutrition, chemistry I and II, introductory chemistry, organic chemistry I and II, introductory organic and biochemistry, concepts of biology, chemical calculations.
  • Wrote lab manuals for introductory chemistry and introductory organic and biochemistry

Adjunct Professor spring 2005-present

Texas A&M University Texarkana

  • Taught SCED 597 Special Topics in Teaching Secondary Science, SCED 504 Guiding Student Research, CHEM 510 Chemical Bonding, CHEM 511 Solutions Chemistry, BIOL 597 Genetics and Health, workshops on Nutrition, Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes, BIOL 510 and 511 Contemporary Topics in Biology.

Technical Advisor 1989-1992

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Acted as liaison between residents of Carver Terrace, a superfund site, and the EPA
  • Explained the remediation process and reports as they were made available, interpreted testing, produced and distributed monthly newsletters and participated in monthly community meetings

High School Science Teacher 1986-1988

Hooks I.S.D., Hooks, Texas

  • Course taught included chemistry, physical science, and physics

Chemist 1984-1986

Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, Hooks, Texas

  • Work focused on identification and quantification of soil and water contamination resulting from the manufacture of explosive ammunition
  • Operated atomic absorption spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph

Teaching Assistant 1985-1986

University of North Texas Chemistry Department, Denton, Texas

  • Taught labs for organic chemistry, consumer chemistry, and cell biology
  • Worked as proofreader for chemistry textbook author
  • Worked on creating test bank for chemistry textbook author

Research Assistant 1983-1985

University of North Texas Biology and Biochemistry Departments, Denton, Texas

  • Worked on team charged with isolating and characterizing calcium dependent regulators of muscle contraction in Ascarius Suum.

Operated high performance liquid chromatograph


  • Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, 2013
  • Texarkana College Faculty Association President, 2012-2014
  • Member Learning Technology Advisory Committee, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2014
  • Member Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 2014 
  • Member TOCES, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ,2011-2012
  • Co-Chair of Texarkana College Achieving the Dream Data Team 2012-present
  • Member of Texarkana College Academic Council and Curriculum Committee 2011-present
  • Texarkana College Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence, 2002-2004
  • Contributing author for new majors nutrition text for McGraw-Hill, Fall 2008. Involved in editing and reviewing many chemistry and biology textbooks
  • Reader for AP Biology Exam, Kansas, City. Summer 2008
  • Chemistry Subject Matter Expert, SMT, for test development for Western Governors University, Summer 2008, Spring 2012
  • Recipient, along with Dr. David Allard of Texas A&M Texarkana Faculty Senate Research Enhancement Grant 2007
  • One of first faculty member at Texarkana College to use internet based learning and to offer internet based courses
  • Currently using pod casting, CPS technologies, and Twitter in my courses


  • Dissertation: Development of an Internet-Based Nutrition Course at Texarkana College with a Plan for Implementation and Evaluation .
  • “Using Twitter to Stay Connected,” NISOD Innovation Abstracts, volume 23, number 4, February 11, 2011
  • “Making Opportunity Affordable in Texas: A Student-Centered Approach, Tuning of Chemical Engineering,” THECB, May 2012. Available:
  • "Using Twitter to Stay Connected," GIFTS session, TCCTA Convention, San Antonio, February 2014.
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