Adjunct Professor of Sociology
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Robin Paige was appointed as the CTE’s Director in 2019. She came to Rice University in 2012 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and joined the CTE in 2014. She served as an Assistant Director from 2014-2016, Associate Director from 2016-2018, and Senior Associate Director from 2018-2019. She brings to the CTE extensive experience in faculty development, evidence-based pedagogy, and curriculum and program development across the disciplines. She has a diverse background in higher education teaching at a wide variety of educational institutions from the community college to land grant and private research universities. Robin received her doctorate in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2008. Prior to coming to Rice she was a tenured Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Service Learning Program of Gavilan College in northern California. Robin continues to teach courses on globalization, food systems, and gender in the Department of Sociology. She remains engaged in many collaborative projects across campus and is active in residential college programs. From 2013- 2017 Robin was the Head Resident Fellow at Lovett College where she played a central role in the social, cultural, and academic life of the college. She maintains an active research agenda with a focus on gender, migration, and alternative food-systems in the US and Mexico.
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Ania Kowalik joined the CTE in the summer of 2018. In her role as Assistant Director, she coordinates programs for graduate students, such as the Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the Graduate Fellows program. Prior to coming to Rice, Ania worked with faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars at the University of Iowa, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern University, and Emory University. She brings to the CTE a long-standing passion for teaching and helping others teach more effectively, and wide-ranging teaching experience, including required writing courses, discipline-specific graduate seminars, and English as a Foreign Language classes. Her current interests include teaching environmental literacy in the humanities, reflective practices in higher education, and engaging students in classroom assessment.
Ania received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory in 2015. Her doctoral research focused on depictions of nature in Caribbean epic literature as a way of articulating a sense of belonging and community in colonial and post-colonial environments.
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Elaine Chang is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence. Prior to coming to Rice, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Head of School at The Joy School. Before her role at The Joy School, she had an opportunity to live in northern California to work as an Assistant Site Supervisor at a child development center. Elaine received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.