Associate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment and Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Pearson oversees and manages accreditation and assessment activities for all degree programs, minors, and certificates in the School of Engineering and provides leadership to ensure that all School processes, policies, and strategic initiatives are implemented according to best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She leads School-level outreach and engagement efforts with a focus on students from excluded identities (minorities, people with disabilities, students from low-income backgrounds, and women) in engineering disciplines. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Dr. Pearson is recognized for more than two decades of contributions to engineering education and research. Prior to joining Rice, Dr. Pearson was a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation and Associate Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Pearson holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Chemistry from Southern University, a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from The University of New Orleans, and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Research Methodology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among her numerous awards and honors are the 2018 ASCE Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award, UT Arlington’s Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (two-time recipient), the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (the highest teaching award in the UT System), and, in 2013, recognition as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas. Dr. Pearson is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and serves as a Program Evaluator (PEV) for the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Click here to read Dr. Pearson's full bio.