Reto Geiser (2019)

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Reto Geiser is an architect and scholar with a focus in modern architecture and the contemporary architectural and urban discourse. He is currently the Wortham Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture. He holds a PhD from ETH Zurich.

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



Barbara Ostdiek (2018)

Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs, Jones Graduate School of Business
Associate Professor of Finance and Statistics
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A member of the Jones School faculty since 1994, Ostdiek has taught a variety of courses across all of the degree programs, most recently Portfolio Management and Economic Environment of Business, and she served for several years as the academic director of the El Paso Corporation Finance Center. Ostdiek received the Jones Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, 2004 and 2009. Her research, which focuses on investments and asset pricing, includes articles addressing characteristics-based investment strategies, optimal portfolio formation, and information flow and volatility within and across markets. Ostdiek publishes in top academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Ostdiek serves as audit committee chair on the board of trustees for the USAA Investment Management Company, is an independent member of Salient Partners Index Committee, and serves on the Academic Board of Alternative Investments Forum. She is a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo investment committee and serves on the board of directors of Musiqa.



Dan Cohan (2017)

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Daniel Cohan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. His research specializes in the development of photochemical models and their application to air quality management, uncertainty analysis, energy policy, and health impact studies. Before joining Rice, Dr. Cohan worked for the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He received a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Georgia Tech, and served as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia at the Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology. Dr. Cohan is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER young investigator award and a member of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team.


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)


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 Hernández (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)


Scott Solomon (2017)

Professor in the Practice, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Scott Solomon is a biologist and writer who received his doctorate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where he examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. He has worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Rio Claro, Brazil. He currently teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication as a Professor in Practice at Rice University. His popular writing—on topics ranging from how fossils are used in the study of human evolution, to invasive ants, to agricultural slime molds—has appeared in various publications, including Slate and


Margaret E. Beier (2017)

Associate Professor, Psychology
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Research interests broadly focus on adult intellectual development, working memory, domain specific knowledge, gender differences in cognition, and predicting success for adults in organizations and educational settings. Work includes examining the role of cognitive ability, personality traits, and demographic factors in learning.

Teaching Awards: George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2014)

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)

Marcia Brennan (Religion and Art History)

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)

Ann Saterbak (Bioengineering)

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.