Ay, I remember syrup sandwiches...--HUMBLE., Kendrick Lamar (2017)--


Growing up bi-racial in Houston’s 3rd Ward (an historic, predominately African-American community) and attending an elite preparatory high school, I became an early student of rhetoric. Learning to exist in very different worlds taught me the fluidity of identity and the power of language to define that identity. Graduate school in England was an extension of my multi-cultural childhood: I was the only American in my program and the only black student in the department. “Fitting in” meant absorbing the culture quickly to form empathetic connections with my community while being careful not to sacrifice my personal values to the pressures of a new environment. As a professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), I often find my students expressing this same tension between navigating new academic discourses and not losing their sense of self. My desire to understand and support students in these liminal spaces informs my approach to research, teaching, and service.

This site houses my professional portfolio, prepared in part for my 2019 application for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure at UHCL. In this space, I provide my CV along with reviews of my scholarship, teaching, and service. Where it makes sense to do so, I include instances where my personal biography has influenced these professional commitments. Feel free to contact me at seahorn@uhcl.edu.