Renata Ramos, the associate dean for academic affairs in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, has been named to a three-year term as chair of Faculty Fellows, effective July 1.
While retaining her position in the engineering dean’s office, in her new role Ramos will report to the university’s senior associate dean of undergraduates, Brian Gibson, and work directly with Robin Paige, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).
“I see this new position as not being separate from what I am already doing. It is complementary. We will continue supporting, appreciating and recognizing teaching excellence,” Ramos said.
Ramos is also an associate teaching professor of bioengineering, and has been a Faculty Fellow for CTE since 2017.
“Renata is the ideal person for this position. She will work collaboratively with the CTE’s director to oversee its programs and activities, including providing leadership and direction for the Faculty Fellows, assuring that its programs are implemented, assessing effectiveness, and determining its future programs and activities,” said Luay Nakhleh, dean of engineering.
Ramos earned her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México, in 2002 and her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008. For the next two years she served as a postdoctoral fellow in bioengineering at Rice, and joined the Rice faculty in 2010.
“My goal,” Ramos said, “is to work with faculty, CTE staff and administrators to continue to enhance and advocate for teaching quality, teaching innovation and teaching collaboration across campus.”