Women’s history month faculty profiles: Dr. Douglass encourages involvement through university organizations

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“Whoever wishes to be great among you, let him be a servant.” This historical statement is one of the mottos of Dr. Thelma J. Douglass, the vice president for Student Services at Sam Houston State University.

Douglass has been a member of the SHSU community for 11 years. She is accomplished in many facets of university advancement. From serving as associate vice president and dean of Student Life to serving her current position as VP for Student Services, she has assisted the students of the university in developing their characters through participation in various activities and services.

Douglass received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and did post-baccalaureate work at Texas Southern University. She then went on to study at the International School of Theology in Fort Collins, Colo. She completed her education upon receiving her doctorate in education from the University of Houston. With her dissertation being entitled, “The Study of Perceived Importance of Selected Instructional Variables and Their Demonstration by Award Winning Teachers in Higher Education,” Douglass has always been interested in the bettering of students’ lives in college.

The role of the Division of Student Services is to “complement the total educational mission of the university by offering quality programs and services,” as stated by their Web site. Student Services encompasses many branches in the university including – Athletics, BearkatOne, Career Services, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, the Lowman Student Center, Public Safety Services, Recreational Sports, Student Activities, the Dean of Students’ Office and the Students’ Legal Services.

The mission of Student Services is “to initiate opportunities and provide resources for all students which promote life skills and development within the academic environment.”

Douglass said that the department “helps students to become knowledgeable and encourages them to think holistically.” She wants students to become involved in the university outside of the classroom.

As VP of Student Services, Douglass is responsible for the budget and for the creation of new programs in Student Services. Her daily activities include “facilitation workshops for student leaders, faculty and staff in building assertiveness, developing relationships, setting goals and priorities, multiculturalism, diversity, administration committee management and communication organization,” among many other activities as stated by her biography.

Under Douglass’s leadership, her staff has implemented many new traditions for SHSU. Orange Attack, the pep rally that was held prior to the SHSU vs. SFA football game, is one of the new programs to be repeated annually. Working with the Alumni Association, Student Services has helped put the spring ring ceremony into operation. Douglass said that it was only possible because of their “instrumental collaboration”