713-348-4495 | email@example.com
As the Director of Student Success Initiatives, Dr. Crear provides leadership in the development of holistic, student-centered programs designed to facilitate undergraduate studentsâ€™ orientation, transition, and retention at Rice. Since arriving at Rice in 2008, she has also served as the Director of First Year Programs and is currently a faculty member in Riceâ€™s Teacher Certification program.
Advising Philosophy: â€śHow you enter Rice is not how you should leave Rice. Use these 4 (or more years) to uncover who you are and what you believe.â€ť Dr. Crear believes that the college experience should be highlighted by a studentâ€™s personal growth and development. Having the opportunity to advise, mentor, and teach students throughout this exploratory process is one of the best parts of her job.
First Year Programs
713-348-4345 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Araceli provides leadership to our First Year Programs, a student success initiative.Â She is responsible for planning, executing, and assessing all components of a comprehensive orientation week for more than 1000 incoming first year and transfer students as well as provide leadership in the form of advising and training to 33 O-Week Coordinators representing Riceâ€™s 11 residential colleges and the campus wide Student Directors.Â Â She also is an instructor UNIV 110 course and assists Rice students by providing general support and advisement, on topics related to theirÂ personal, academic, and social development.Â She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program at Texas A&M University.
Advising Philosophy: Motivation and Achievement through Leadership and Education. Araceliâ€™s advisement model relies on four components: Motivation, Achievement, Leadership and EducationÂ and isÂ centered on the Studentâ€™s Personal Life, Academics, and Campus Involvement. She believes in getting to know her students on a personal level by creating a positive influence and interaction between their learning and personal development which in turn helps motivate students.Â Seeing her students successfully combatÂ academic adversity and personal challenges is one of the most rewarding experiences in her role.
Rice Emerging Scholars Program
713-348-3752 | email@example.com
Megan McSpedon is the Associate Director of the Rice Emerging Scholars Program. She has been with RESP since its foundation in 2012 and loves working with each Scholar. Megan grew up in Temple, TX and graduated from Rice with a degree in English in 2011. In addition to RESP, Megan advises students through SSI and teaches sections of UNIV110. She is passionate about educational access and equity. Megan is very casual, so please reach out via email or stop by and say hi!
Advising Philosophy: Â Megan knows every Rice student is smart enough to be here. Her advising philosophy is that students who struggle are missing either the skills or the support they need to succeed, and she can help you find both. She is relaxed about mistakes (having made many herself), thinks failure is a crucial part of life, and looks forward to helping you grow and achieve your goals.
Rice Emerging Scholars Program
713-348-4152 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline joined the SSI team as the Assistant Director of the Rice Emerging Scholars Program (RESP) in June 2016 after earning a Master of Education degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from the University of Maryland. Born and raised in Texas, she is thrilled to be working at Rice University, her alma mater, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Within higher education, she is interested in the Latino/a/x student experience and the intersections of student leadership and identity. Caroline will take any excuse to get a cup of coffee from Coffeehouse, so reach out anytime to set up a meeting with her.
Advising Philosophy: College is full of exciting and uncertain times, whether academic, co-curricular, or life related. These various parts of life influence the ways in which students engage in a college classroom. Caroline is here to support students throughout any and all challenges and celebrations during their college experience. She works to build strong trusting relationships with students in order to better support their holistic development and tap into their infinite potential to succeed at Rice.
713-348-3479 | Jessica.Bowers@rice.edu
Jessica Bowers Chukwu is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from the University of Arkansas. She then went on to complete her Masterâ€™s degree from Louisiana State University in Higher Education Administration. Jessica currently works as an Assistant Director in Student Success Initiatives (SSI). Her favorite part about SSI is seeing the growth and development of the students she works with. In additional to meeting with and addressing student needs on an individual basis, Jessica also supports Rice Firsts, a first generation peer based mentoring program, the Rice Firsts Supporter Network training, co-sponsors Generation College, and teaches a section of UNIV 110.
Advising Philosophy: Change can be a good thing, especially when you focus on what you have to gain, and not what you have to give up. Jessica understands the transition that often takes place for many students during this chapter of their lives, and finds great joy in assisting them in seeing what they have/will gain while at Rice through academics and the co-curricular.
713-348-4373 | Carli.M.Rosati@rice.edu
Serving as the Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives, Carli primarily works with students as an advisor and as an instructor for UNIV 110. She also supports initiatives for first generation and low income students. As a proud first generation college student herself, she understands how meaningful it is to have someone you can talk to about both the successes and challenges during your time here. Carli earned a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Political Science and Womenâ€™s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University. After earning her Master of Education in College Student Personnel, Carli said goodbye to Cleveland to do the work she loves here at Rice. Her research interests include student activism, gender dynamics in leadership roles, and student belonging on campus.
Advising Philosophy: Carli believes in encouraging the power of personal narrative in order to help students thrive holistically. Your story deserves to be listened to â€“ the ideas that excite you, the moments that worry you, and the identities you hold close to you. With support, self-reflection, and willingness to make small changes for yourself, every student can leverage their strengths to define their path.