Reto Geiser (2019)

Assistant Professor, Architecture
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Reto Geiser is a designer and scholar of modern architecture with a focus on the intersections between architecture, pedagogy, and media. He is the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor at the Rice University School of Architecture where he teaches history, theory, and design. A registered architect in Switzerland, he studied architecture at ETH Zurich and Columbia University in New York, and completed his doctorate at ETH Zurich.

Awards: DAM Architecture Book Prize for “Explorations in Architecture: Teaching, Design, Research,” ed. Reto Geiser 2008 (2009)



Z. Maria Oden (2019)

Professor, Bioengineering
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Z. Maria Oden is a Professor in the Practice of Engineering in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, Director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University and co-director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health.

Awards: George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching (2012, 2016), Fred Merryfield Design Award by American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for national excellence in teaching engineering design (2012)


Renata Ramos (2020)

Lecturer, Bioengineering
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Renata Ramos is a lecturer and the director of undergraduate studies in bioengineering. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona. She currently teaches several project-based courses in biomedical instrumentation, mechanical testing, medical device instrumentation, systems physiology, and fundamentals of bioengineering.

Teaching Awards: Two-time winner of the George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014, 2017), American Society for Engineering Education Biomedical Engineering Division Teaching Award (2014), Department of Bioengineering Teaching Award (2013)


Devika Subramanian (2018)

Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
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Dr. Subramanian received her PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1989. She held a faculty appointment at Cornell University before joining Rice in 1995. Her research interests are in artificial intelligence and machine learning and their applications in computational systems biology, neuroscience of human learning, assessments of hurricane risks, network analysis of power grids, mortality prediction in cardiology, conflict forecasting and analysis of terrorist networks, and analysis of unstructured text data.



Esther Fernández (2020)

Assistant Professor, Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture
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Esther Fernández is Assistant Professor at Rice University. She is the author of Eros en escena: Erotismo en el teatro del Siglo de Oro [Eros on Stage] (2009) and co-editor of Diálogos en las tablas: Últimas tendencias de la puesta en escena del teatro clásico español [Dialogues on the Stage] (2014). Dr. Fernández’s teaching and research interests have principally attended to eroticism and the Spanish comedia; visual and material culture; and performance analysis of classical theater’s most contemporary adaptations. Dr. Fernández’s current work includes coordinating a volume that explores Anglo-Spanish relations vis-a-vis the contentious image of Elizabeth I in Early Modern Spain, as well as a new monograph, Material Performances: Staging the Divine and the Spectacular in Early Modern Iberia, on animated props in ceremonial and theatrical contexts, where material representations of religious and ‘non-religious’ worlds took place in pre-modern Iberia.

John Hopkins (2019)

Assistant Professor, Art History and Classical Studies
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John Hopkins works on physical/visual/spatial experience and the diachronic investigation of cultural and societal shift in the ancient Mediterranean.  His book, The Genesis of Roman Architecture, is a study of Roman art and architecture up to the mid fifth century BCE and the effects of early urban and artistic change on the formation of the Republic and the history of Roman art.  He has also published articles on the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Rome’s first and most enduring colossal temple, and on the creation of the Roman Forum.

Awards: Invited Scholar, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2015),  ACLS New Faculty Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (2011-2013), Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, Getty Research Institute (2010-2011), Outstanding Dissertation Award, The University of Texas, awarded for the best dissertation in Humanities and Fine Arts (2010), Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2009-2010), Rome Prize (Frances Barker/Tracy/Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the Archaeological Institute of America two-year Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize), American Academy in Rome (2007-2009)

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Scott McGill (2017)

Department Chair and Professor, Classical and European Studies
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Scott McGill is the author of Virgil Recomposed: The Mythological and Secular Centos (Oxford, 2005) and Plagarism in Latin Literature (Cambridge, 2012).  His current projects include a translation in blank verse of Juvencus' Evangeliorum libri IV, the first Christian epic in the western tradition, and a commentary on Virgil's Aeneid XI.  For the Juvencus project, he received an NEH fellowship for 2012-13.  He teaches courses on Latin language and literature and on Roman history and culture. 


Karim Al-Zand (2017)

Associate Professor of Composition and Theory
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The music of Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand (b.1970) has been called "strong and startlingly lovely" (Boston Globe). His compositions are wide-ranging, from settings of classical Arabic poetry to scores for dance and pieces for young audiences. His works explore connections between music and other arts, and draw inspiration from diverse sources such as 19th century graphic art, fables of the world, folksong and jazz. The themes of some of his pieces speak to his Middle Eastern heritage as well. Al-Zand's music has enjoyed success in the US, Canada and abroad and he is the recipient of several national awards, including the Sackler Composition Prize, the ArtSong Prize, the Louisville Orchestra Competition Prize and the Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He holds degrees from Harvard (Ph.D., 2000) and McGill (B. Mus., 1993) Universities. Al-Zand is also a founding member of Musiqa, Houston's premier contemporary music group, which presents concerts featuring new and classic repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Teaching Awards: Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching (2008)


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Michael Gustin (2019)

Faculty Chair, CTE Fellows
Professor, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
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Michael Gustin’s research focuses on molecular genetics and the biochemistry of signal reduction. His research group collaborates with the Mikos Group to investigate the function of the mammalian hog pathway.

Teaching Awards: Two-time winner of the George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013, 2007), George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2006), Nicholas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award (2005)

Jason H. Hafner (2018)

Associate Professor, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy
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Jason Hafner earned both his Master’s and PhD degrees from Rice University in physics. He serves as the Associate Editor of ACS Nano, published by the American Chemical Society. He currently leads a research lab that focuses on the intersection of modern research directions in the physical and biological sciences.

Awards:  Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research, the Welch Foundation (2011), Scientia at Rice University (2013)


Anthony Várilly-Alvarado (2020)

Associate Professor, Mathematics
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Anthony Várilly-Alvarado's research interests lie at the interface of algebraic geometry and number theory.  He studies the fundamental arithmetic properties of solutions to systems of polynomial equations in several variables, especially those systems whose geometric avatars are four-dimensional spaces.  Before joining Rice, Várilly-Alvarado received an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University, he completed Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, and obtained a Ph. D. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley.  He has taught a variety of courses, ranging from introductory courses like Single Variable Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra through to advanced graduate courses on Elliptic Curves and Algebraic Surfaces.

Awards: National Science Foundation CAREER award, George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2016), Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching, Phi Beta Kappa (2013)


Mikki Hebl (2020)

Professor, Psychology
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Mikki Hebl (Dartmouth College, Ph.D) is the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychology, Professor of Management. Dr. Hebl’s research focuses on diversity and discrimination-related issues. In 2014, Dr. Hebl received the Sage Award for Scholarly Contributions from the Academy of Management for her lifetime research on gender and diversity in organizations.

Awards: Jones School of Business MBA for Executives Award for Teaching Excellence (2017), Cherry Professor of the Year Award Winner (2016), George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit (2015), Sarah A. Burnett Superior Teaching in the Social Sciences (2015), George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching (2014, 2012, 2005, 2004, 2002), George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2010, 2003); Charles W. Duncan Jr. Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty (2008), Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award (2008), Society of I-O Psychology Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award (2008), Julia Miles Chance Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2005), Piper Foundation Teaching Award (2004), Graduate Student Association’s Faculty Teaching / Mentoring Award (2003), Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize (2000)

James N. Brown (2019)

Professor, Economics
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James Brown received his PhD from the University of Chicago and has previously held academic positions at Princeton University and SUNY Stony Brook, as well as a visiting position with the President's Council of Economic Advisers. His area of expertise is labor economics. 

Teaching Awards: George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2004, 2006, 2007, 2013), George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009),  Finalist, George R. Brown Teaching Award (2012), the Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences for 2010-2011

Bridget K. Gorman (2018)

Professor, Sociology
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Bridget Gorman (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is interested in how social conditions and experiences shape group differences in health and well-being among children and adults.

Teaching Awards: Nominee, Piper Professorship for Superior Teaching (2013), three-time winner of the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2009, 2010, 2012), George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008), Nicholas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award (2007), Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize (2005)


Lisa Balabanlilar (History)

Margaret Beier (Psychology)

Marcia Brennan (Religion and Art History)

Dan Cohan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Steven J. Cox (Computational and Applied Mathematics)

Kate de Luna (History)

Jane Grande-Allen (Bioengineering)

Matthias Henze (Religion)

Rachel T. Kimbro (Sociology)

Kathy Matthews (BioSciences; Chair, 2013-14)

W. Caleb McDaniel (History)

Al Napier (Jones School of Business)

Marcia O’Malley (Mechanical Engineering)

Barbara Ostdiek (Jones School of Business)

Ann Saterbak (Bioengineering)

Scott Solomon (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

Ric Stoll (Political Science)

Bob Westbrook (Jones School of Business)


Faculty Fellows are appointed to the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) by the Provost based on outstanding teaching, often reflected in the receipt of teaching awards, nomination for prizes, and input from Deans and the Office of the Provost. Nominations will be invited from deans, chairs, and CTE Fellows in the Spring of each year, and these nominations will then be submitted to the Chair of the CTE Fellows. Nominations will be reviewed by the current CTE Fellows and recommendations made to the Dean of Undergraduates, who forwards them to the Provost.

The number of Fellows appointed in a specific year will be determined by the number of new appointments and reappointments required to maintain a steady-state of 15 Fellows. Three Fellows will be appointed from each of the Schools of Engineering, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, and three Fellows will be appointed from the combined Schools of Architecture, Business, and Music.