SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
Reto Geiser (2016-2019)
Reto Geiser is a designer and scholar of modern architecture with a focus on the intersections between architecture, pedagogy, and media. He is the Associate 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)
JONES GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
GEORGE R. BROWN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Z. Maria Oden (2016-2019)
Z. Maria Oden is a Teaching Professor 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 (2017-2020)
Renata Ramos is director of undergraduate studies in bioengineering and associate dean of academic affairs for the George R. Brown School of Engineering. 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 (2018-2021)
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.
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
Esther Fernández (2017-2020)
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.
Lisa Lapinski (2018-2021)
Lisa Lapinski is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Visual and Dramatic Arts Department in the School of Humanities. Her artwork has been exhibited in venues including Richard Telles Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA), Johann König (Berlin, Germany), UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Studio Guenzani (Milan, Italy), Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne, Germany) and Taka Ishii (Kyoto, Japan). In 2008 she presented the solo exhibition The Fret and its Variants at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She participated in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and in 2004 was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her most recent projects include a solo exhibition at Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles, and a group exhibition at The Moody Center for the Arts, Houston.
Scott McGill (2018-2021)
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.
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Anthony Brandt (2018-2021)
Anthony Brandt is a Professor of Composition and Theory at the Shepherd School and Artistic Director of the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, winner of two Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America and ASCAP. His compositions includes two chamber operas, and works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, voice, choir, dance, television, theater, and art installations. His honors include a Koussevitzky commission from the Library of Congress, and grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Arts Alliance, and the MacDowell and Djerassi Arts Colonies. He and neuroscientist David Eagleman have co-authored The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Catapult, 2017). Dr. Brandt has also co-authored several papers on music cognition and a chapter on music’s role in early language acquisition in the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology. Dr. Brandt has organized three international conferences on Exploring the Mind through Music at Rice.
WIESS SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES
Michael Gustin (2016-2019)
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)
Lesa Tran Lu (2018-2021)
Lesa Tran Lu is a Lecturer of Chemistry. She received her B.S. (2007), M.A. (2009), and Ph.D. (2012) in Chemistry from Rice University. She currently teaches General Chemistry I and II and has been developing in the courses a form of structured inquiry-based learning model known as the Student-Centered Active Learning at Rice (SCAL@R) method. With her colleagues, Tran studies the impact of the SCAL@R method on student learning, study habits, and attitudes towards learning. Tran also teaches the Chemistry of Cooking, an elective course taught in collaboration with Rice Housing & Dining and Houston-area chefs and business owners. In recent years, Tran has managed the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Program and has taught other courses including the Chemistry of Art.
Anthony Várilly-Alvarado (2017-2020)
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)
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
James N. Brown (2016-2019)
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
Jeffrey Fleisher (2018-2021)
Jeffrey Fleisher is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. He received his BA, MA and PhD (2003) from the University of Virginia. He is an anthropological archaeologist whose regional specialty is on the ancient Swahili coast of eastern Africa, focusing on rural and non-elite residents in and around first and second millennium urban centers. His current research focuses on the use of open and public space at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Songo Mnara in southern Tanzania, and on issues of mobility in Iron Age Zambia.
Awards: Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences (2017), Charles Duncan Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2014)
Mikki Hebl (2017-2020)
Mikki Hebl (Dartmouth College, Ph.D) is the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair 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)
FORMER CTE FELLOWS
Karim Al-Zand (Music)
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)
Bridget Gorman (Sociology)
Jason Hafner (Physics and Astronomy)
Matthias Henze (Religion)
John Hopkins (Art History)
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.