At the end of the spring semester, John S. Hutchinson will step down after an eight-year term as dean of undergraduates. Celebrate Dean Hutchinson’s incredible contributions to the Rice community by giving to the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) — a prized campus resource that he envisioned and continues to champion. Funds donated to the CTE will strengthen the Faculty Fellows program, which leverages Rice’s award-winning professors to enhance university instruction and elevate Rice as a recognized leader in teaching excellence.

How to Give

If you are interested in making an online gift to the CTE in honor of Dean Hutchinson, please select "CTE – Faculty Fellows Initiatives" in the "Designation" dropdown under the "Donation Information" section of the online giving form. If you would like to give elsewhere at the university, you may select any of the designations provided in the same dropdown form. 

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About Dean Hutchinson

John S. Hutchinson, Dean of Undergraduates and Professor of ChemistryIn his 35 years at Rice, Dean Hutchinson’s inspired teaching and thoughtful leadership has influenced thousands of students. A dedicated professor of chemistry, his intentional approach to pedagogy has garnered six George R. Brown Awards for Teaching and the George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit for Teaching Excellence. He, along with his wife Paula, served as Wiess College Magisters (formerly Masters) from 1994 to 2001 and Brown College Magisters from 2003 to 2008. In 2010, Dean Hutchinson took on the role of dean of undergraduates, a role in which he significantly enhanced educational programs, while addressing social issues relevant to the Rice student body.


In 2011, John Hutchinson brought together a group of award-winning professors to envision a program that would facilitate the exchange of ideas and the focused pursuit of teaching excellence at Rice. That vision became the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), an institution that works to inspire and encourage teaching innovation through mentorship, collaboration, scholarship and advocacy. The CTE sponsors a host of pedagogical initiatives, including faculty workshops and colloquia, an annual teaching symposium, teaching awards and one-on-one consultations with faculty.

Faculty Fellows Program

The CTE Faculty Fellows — a group of the most talented and innovative teachers on campus — work to invigorate the learning experience and elevate Rice as a recognized leader in teaching excellence. The Faculty Fellows set priorities and direction for the CTE, collaborating across departments to provide resources and structural support to maximize student learning and engagement.


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