First Year Experience


Jerrod A. Henderson, Ph.D.
Instructional Assistant Professor
First Year Engineering Experience
Office Location: E313A, Engineering Building 2
Email: jahenderson5 [at]


Dr. Jerrod A. Henderson (“Dr. J”) is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston. He joined the University of Houston after six years as a chemical engineering faculty member at the University of Illinois. He has dedicated his career to increasing the number of students who are in the pipeline to pursue STEM careers. He believes that exposing students to STEM early will have a lasting impact upon their lives and academic pursuits. He is a co-founder of the St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy (SEBA). SEBA is an educational intervention aimed at exposing underrepresented fourth and fifth grade boys to hands-on, inquiry based STEM experiments and activities. SEBA accomplishes its goals through an innovative educational curriculum and by engaging students’ fathers or male mentors who learn STEM alongside them. His work has been recognized by local news, community organizations and most recently by Illinois campus as a recipient of the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement.


  • PhD. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Graduate Teacher Certificate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Masters of Science Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro, NC
  • Bachelor’s in Chemistry, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA


University of Houston Courses:

  • ENGI 1100: Introduction to Engineering – Fall 2016

Other Institution Courses:

  • ChBE 430: Chemical Engineering Unit Operations, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois. (Fall 2010-Spring 2016)
  • ChBE 221: Principals of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois. (Fall 2001, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)

Research Interests:

Dr. Henderson’s research interests include engineering identity formation and persistence among underrepresented minority students, especially African American and Latino males, mapping high achieving students’ progression in engineering, and preparing students for gateway courses. His previous Engineering Education work examined how cross-curricular design projects impacted student interest, engagement and perception of Chemical Engineering.


  • Trenshaw, K. F., Miletic, M., Schlude, J. W., Tillman, A. S., Vogel, T. J., Henderson, J. A., & Seebauer, E. G. (2015). Chemical Engineering Design Projects Across the Curriculum at a Large Research-Intensive Public University. International Journal of Engineering Education, 31(5): 1352-1375.
  • Trenshaw, K. F., Henderson, J. A., Miletic, M., Seebauer, E. G., Tillman, A. S., & Vogel, T. J. (2014). Integrating team-based design across the curriculum at a large public university. Chemical Engineering Education, 48(3), 139-148.
  • Trenshaw, K. F., Henderson, J., Boyce, A., & DeStefano, L. (2012). Student outcomes of design projects across the curriculum. Proceedings of the 2012 Frontiers in Education Conference, Seattle, WA. doi:10.1109/FIE.2012.6462216.
  • Kapoor, A., Jzhang, J., Henderson, J. A. (2012). Protein Immobilization using Microfluidics: A Lab-on-a-Chip Experiment. Chemical Educator, 17, 157-162.


  • Muskin, J., Greer, R. P., Henderson, J. A., Bell, T. Designing, Making, and Marketing Shower Gel: A Cross-curricular Activity. National Science Teacher Association Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2015. Oral Presentation.
  • Greer, R. P., Henderson, J.A., Bell, T. Engaging Under-Represented Students in STEM. Illinois Science Teacher Association Conference, October 2013. Oral Presentation.
  • Trenshaw, K., Tillman, A. S., Henderson, J. A. Balancing Roles as Evaluators and Educators. Annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 2012. Roundtable.
  • Henderson, J. A. Study Skills & Habits for the Undergraduate Student. National Society of Black Engineers' Fall Regional Conference (Region IV), November 2007 & 2008. Oral Presentation.