Rice University is a private, coeducational university that is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the United States. The University provides teaching and research across a full range of academic disciplines, with a distinct focus on the quality of the student educational experience. The distinctive, highly recognized and respected residential college system enhances the Rice experience by allowing students to flourish as individuals in a community of their peers. Rice’s 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students comprise a diverse population including students from over 95 countries. The relatively small size of the campus fosters close interactions between students and faculty members. The Rice campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, situated on 300 acres in the heart of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States. The campus is bordered by one of city’s largest parks, the Texas Medical Center, retail areas and neighborhoods, and is located on one of the city’s light rail lines and multiple bus lines. The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) maintains close working partnerships with several law enforcement and life/safety agencies throughout Houston, including the Houston Police Department and the METRO Police. Campus services include housing, retail, dining, facilities maintenance, utilities, emergency medical services, post office, recreation, transportation, and police. The RUPD is highly respected and a very visible part of the campus community.

The Position

ROLE OF THE POLICE CAPTAIN FOR RICE UNIVERSITY

Reporting directly to the chief of police/director of public safety, the police captain directs and manages the operational and administrative components of the RUPD, including the patrol function, criminal investigations, security, training, Clery Act and UCR requirements, dispatch, and the accreditation process. The police captain provides leadership and direction to the department consistent with the mission of Rice University and the RUPD and both supervises and coordinates the investigation of criminal cases, offering guidance and expertise to investigators, and ensures that procedures are conducted in accordance with all laws and regulations. In addition, the captain organizes, plans, and delegates the workload of the RUPD; evaluates the operation of the department to ensure that it performs the functions for which it is responsible; maintains logs, prepares reports, and directs the preparation, handling, and maintenance of departmental records; and reviews employee performance for meeting specific goals and conducting their work in a manner that is consistent with the department mission and vision. This position supervises up to four police sergeants, three lieutenants and one security supervisor.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

This position is vacant due to the previous captain taking a position at another agency. The two captain positions play a critical role in the RUPD and this captain, specifically, will require a strong, transformational leader. As such, a national search is being conducted to find the right person for this position to help the chief and the RUPD reach its full potential.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

The new captain will encounter the opportunities, priorities, and challenges listed below.

  • This is a critical hire for the chief as this captain will complete the chief’s leadership team, assuming an important role in shaping the department.
  • Develop a strong operational foundation and structure from which the department can conduct its daily functions.
  • RUPD has a very positive campus reputation and is well respected on and off campus.
  • Rice’s senior administration is very supportive of the department.
  • Work with and building trust with an existing team of officers and staff that are deeply committed to the department and Rice.
  • Enhance departmental visibility on campus through active engagement and involvement in the campus community.
  • Create thorough training practices and improve all aspects of departmental training, utilizing current techniques to ensure officers are well-versed in best practices and university protocols.
  • Work with appropriate individuals to effectively implement solid emergency management plans, practices, and procedures.
  • Develop positive and productive relationships with campus departments.
  • The residential college system at Rice is an effective partner with the RUPD and does a good job recognizing potential safety and security issues; the captain needs to recognize and support the need for the RUPD to continue to be involved in all facets of the residential communities on campus.
  • Evaluate, develop, and document, as needed, comprehensive operating procedures and policies reflecting current best practices nationally for higher education law enforcement.
  • The 300-acre campus is very safe, yet open, in the middle of a major urban setting.
  • Rice has a very relationship-based culture; it is expected that the captain will be become a valued and trusted colleague both within Rice and the surrounding community.
  • The new captain must fully embrace a community policing approach and their role as an educator while also assisting the chief with instilling these values throughout the department.
  • Design methods of communication to both effectively educate the campus community and increase involvement with the department through the creative use of social media and other outlets.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

At an appropriate interval after joining Rice, the following items will initially define success for the new captain:

  • Through consistent and confident leadership, the captain is readily regarded as an active partner in supporting the educational mission of the institution and the RUPD.
  • Assisted the department in maintaining a community policing approach, becoming more visible and approachable, and serving as a true partner both on campus and within the broader community.
  • The new captain, along with the chief and the other captain, are working together seamlessly.
  • Created an environment where the RUPD operates with a high level of professionalism, accountability, and competence.
  • The captain has gained the trust of the department and the university community by being involved, visible, and engaged in all aspects of campus life; no longer considered an outsider, but rather embraced by RUPD and the Rice community.
  • The captain has established strong relationships with key stakeholders across campus to elevate the collaborative work around public safety.
  • There has been an increase in the use of technology to most effectively serve the community and the department.
  • The captain has fostered meaningful, supportive working relationships with local law enforcement agencies, community associations, and partners, and all constituency groups at Rice.
  • Provided consistency and structure within the department.
  • Officers and staff members feel supported, knowledgeable, and appreciated, with a sense of purpose and clear direction.
  • The captain has infused the consistent use of training and professional development into the culture of the department.
  • The administration and campus community will continue to have confidence in the abilities of the department.
  • The department is meeting or exceeding expectations and fulfilling its mission.
  • The captain is working to move the department forward with new programs and initiatives.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A bachelor’s degree and seven years of law enforcement supervisory experience within public safety or law enforcement organization are required. Additionally, candidates must be able to obtain a permanent license as a Texas Peace Officer, with an Intermediate Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), and maintain a valid Texas driver’s license with no more than three moving violations and/or at fault accidents within the past 36 months and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past 10 years. Eight or more years as a law enforcement supervisor, previous college/university law enforcement experience, law enforcement supervisory experience at a command level, and a TCOLE Instructor’s Certification or Master Peace Officer Certification are all preferred qualifications. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished and high-energy professional who possesses strong spoken and written communication skills, including the ability to give group presentations, media interviews and press releases; prepare reports and personnel instructions; and have the capacity for analytical thinking and problem-solving, with particular emphasis on innovative abilities related to crime reduction. Additionally,  the police captain will exhibit personal characteristics that ensure effective working relationships with all segments of the university and the public, including a commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employee, and community populations and will possess a thorough understanding of community policing, crime prevention, and customer service as strategies utilized to achieve community awareness and partnerships in maintaining a safe University environment.

  • Demonstrated success in leadership positions in a police department;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned staff;
  • Demonstrated training skills and abilities in community policing and in police methods and investigative procedures; knowledge of mandatory crime report laws/regulations and laws pertaining to juveniles and university students;
  • Ability to assess law enforcement or other hazardous situations and determine an appropriate course of action and maintain a calm, courteous, objective, and conscientious attitude and demeanor in all situations;
  • Ability to prepare and implement comprehensive plans to deal with special events, training in dignitary protection, police operations, and investigations;
  • Demonstrated ability in mentoring subordinate personnel to higher performance;
  • Ability to maintain physical fitness appropriate to police work and have the ability to travel and to work evenings and weekends as necessary;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and varied operations or units;
  • Strong background in emergency preparedness;
  • Familiarity with security camera systems and other security technology;
  • History of collaboration with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; and
  • History of working with neighborhood associations and other groups that support law enforcement.

In addition to the above-stated qualifications and characteristics, Rice stakeholders identified the following characteristics as important to the captain (in no particular order):

  • Embrace an educational philosophy for the entire department, ensuring that officers understand their role as educators within the campus community;
  • Strong supervisor capable of both challenging and appreciating individuals while effectively working to professionalize the department and hold all staff accountable;
  • Transformative, innovative, and collaborative leader with a readiness to try new ideas, approaches, and technologies;
  • Experience creating a unified vision and mission to move a department in a positive direction;
  • Passion for the university environment with an ability to build strong rapport and working relationships with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Ability to build a strong, empowered team with positive morale throughout the department;
  • Knowledge and strong practical experience with all aspects of emergency management;
  • Maintain a high degree of visibility and engagement throughout the campus and surrounding community;
  • Culturally competent, with a true appreciation for and experience working with a diverse student population;
  • True team player with a high level of professional ethics and personal integrity;
  • Possess demonstrated experience working with students and a genuine appreciation for the student experience at Rice;
  • Technically savvy with an understanding and appreciation for technology and its uses in campus police work;
  • Ability to invest the time to truly get to know the staff, advocate on their behalf, and positively represent the department across campus;
  • Proven ability to create solid ties with the community and surrounding community agencies;
  • Project a high degree of energy and enthusiasm for the work;
  • Genuine willingness to work with and for students by actively engaging students in community policing practices;
  • Expertise in related compliance requirements and best practices, including Clery Act, Title IX, and response to mental health concerns, alcohol/drug issues, racial profiling, bias incidents, and hate crimes, etc.;
  • Highly committed to both professional and personal growth and development as a manager, leader, and public safety expert; deeply committed to the professional development and training of officers;
  • Possess a genuinely inclusive leadership style that is confident, approachable, motivational, and transparent with the ability to be firm, clear, direct, and consistent with staff;
  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of applicable laws, risk management, security procedures, policies, and protocols necessary to form an immediate and correct response to situations; display leadership in emergency and crisis response situations; and work closely with the chief, the administration, and other campus officials;
  • A good listener and communicator who also understands campus community stakeholders and their varied interests, needs, and concerns and how these relate to the work of the department;
  • Demonstrate an ability to advocate for staff, ensuring their needs/concerns are adequately addressed; and
  • The captain should have an open, approachable personality – one that will command respect, but also inspire trust, compassion, and a strong work ethic; the captain will need to be fair and firm and also have the ability to respectfully push for necessary changes.

THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION: AN OVERVIEW

The Office of the Vice President for Administration

The Rice University Police Department reports to the Vice President for Administration, whose office supervises the following departments:

  • Administrators’ Forum
  • Bioscience Research Collaborative
  • Bookstore
  • Crisis Management Team
  • Delivery Services
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Programs and Affirmative Action (EEOP/AA)
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Facilities Engineering & Planning
  • Housing & Dining
  • Human Resources
  • Parking & Transportation
  • Police
  • Procurement
  • Registrar
  • Risk Management

Leadership of the Vice President for Administration’s Office’

Dr. Kevin Kirby – Vice President for Administration

Kevin E. Kirby, EdD, is the vice president for administration at Rice University. Prior to joining Rice, Dr. Kirby was the chief operating officer for the Columbia University Medical Center; served as executive officer for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health; held several management positions with the Army Research Laboratory; served on the staff of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; served as science adviser for the commanding general, Army Forces Command; and started his career conducting research on the low temperature behavior of materials at the Army Materials Technology Lab. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches two popular undergraduate classes – Leadership in Higher Education and Crisis Leadership. Kevin holds a BS in chemical engineering from Syracuse University, an MS in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan Fellow), another master’s degree in social and organizational learning from George Mason University, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Rice University Police Department

The mission of the Rice University Police Department is to provide a safe and secure environment so as to further the education process. This will be done through the protection of life and property. To achieve this, the departmental services will be organized and implemented in a way that maintains the dignity of those served. The department is charged with the responsibility of (1) protecting the constitutional rights of members of the community, (2) the enforcement of institutional regulations, local, state and federal laws, (3) the creation of maintenance of a feeling of security in the community, (4) the identification and elimination of hazards and of opportunities for crime, (5) the establishment of effective crime prevention programs, in which the institutional community is educated to protect life and property, and (6) the maintenance of protective patrol to deter and detect fire and safety hazards and to prevent traffic accidents and congestion. In all functions, members of the department have a public relations role in rendering information and assistance to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) takes the lead in providing a safe environment for the university community by protecting life and property. To achieve this protection, RUPD maintains patrols to deter and detect crime, to report fires and safety hazards, and to control traffic on campus.

The police department is also responsible for investigating all crimes that occur on campus. To ensure the security of the campus, it is important that members of the community promptly report all crimes and emergencies, including personal injuries, fire and traffic accidents to RUPD.

Leadership of Rice University Police Department

 

James Tate – Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety

Chief Tate was appointed as Rice University’s fifth police chief on May 1, 2017. Since then, Chief Tate has significantly increased the department’s digital, data, and technology capabilities. He has also created career opportunities by adding lieutenant and corporal positions to the officer ranks. Prior to Rice University, James was the chief of police at the University of St. Thomas and the assistant chief of police at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He started his police career with the Jonesboro Arkansas Police Department. James served as patrol officer, D.A.R.E. officer and SWAT team member. He was later called for active duty with the National Guard. James retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel after 21 years of Army service and re-entered law enforcement in 2011 as police officer with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. James has managed the police department through a number of key events since his start date, including the 11-day “ride out and recovery” effort for Hurricane Harvey. Chief Tate is fully integrated with the Rice community and works diligently to strengthen relationships across campus.

Institution & Location

RICE UNIVERSITY: AN OVERVIEW

Institutional History

On May 18, 1891, Massachusetts-born businessman William Marsh Rice chartered the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art as a gift to the city of Houston, where he made his fortune. The terms of the charter required that work on the new institute would begin only after Rice’s death. In 1907, the trustees of the Rice Institute acted upon the recommendation of Woodrow Wilson (then president of Princeton) and named astronomer and mathematician Edgar Odell Lovett the first president of Rice. Lovett called for the establishment of a university “of the highest grade,” “an institution of liberal and technical learning” devoted “quite as much investigation as to instruction.” [We must] “keep the standards up and the numbers down,” declared Lovett. “The most distinguished teachers must take their part in undergraduate teaching, and their spirit should dominate it all.” The Rice Institute opened on September 23, 1912, with 77 students and a dozen faculty. Four years later, at the initial commencement, 35 bachelor’s degrees and one master’s degree were awarded, with the first doctorate conferred in 1918.

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of the world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Undergraduate education has remained at the center of Rice University’s mission since its founding in 1912. Rice students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction and research collaboration with one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the country. Rice combines the advantages of a liberal arts college with the resources and facilities of a premier research university and graduate education. Some of the important engineering and science developments include Rice researchers joining Dr. Michael DeBakey and his Baylor College of Medicine team to produce the first artificial heart; and Rice professors Robert Curl, Richard Smalley, and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their discovery of buckyballs, which introduced the new field of nanotechnology.

Rice is consistently heralded as one of the best universities in the world and one of the best values in higher education. For 2019, Rice is ranked number 16 in national universities in U.S. News & World Report; and Princeton Review has recently ranked Rice number 1 for happiest students, number 1 for lots of race/class interaction, and number 9 for best quality of student life.

About Houston, Texas

The Rice experience is intellectually and socially enhanced by its location in the nation’s fourth-largest city, the most diverse major city in the U.S. In 2012, Houston was named by Forbes as America’s Coolest City. In 2013, Forbes recognized Houston as America’s Next Great Global City. And in 2014, Business Insider recognized Houston as the number 1 city in the U.S. for job creation, showing that a paycheck goes farther here than in any other major metropolitan area. For more information about Houston, visit http://www.gswhcc.org/.

Within walking distance of campus, the Rice Village is a bustling neighborhood of shops and restaurants. It is where students head to browse funky boutiques and name-brand stores, dine on ethnic cuisine, or meander through bookstores. The Galleria, a few miles from campus, is more than a million square feet of designer stores, boutiques, and restaurants.

Arts lovers spend their free time in both the downtown theater district and the museum district, taking in plays, musicals, concerts, art shows, and world-renowned exhibits.

Mission and Values

Mission

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Values

Rice faculty, staff, and students share values that are essential to our success as a healthy community. Those values guide our decisions and behaviors and shape Rice’s culture. They come through in the way we treat each other and the welcome we extend to our visitors. These values can be recalled simply by our name, RICE: R for responsibility, I for integrity, C for community and E for excellence.

Strategic Plan

Following the endorsement of Rice University’s Board of Trustees, President David Leebron introduced on February 6, 2018, a strategic plan to set priorities and guide decisions for Rice for the next 10 years.

Building on the success of the Vision for the Second Century launched 12 years ago, the Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2) is intended to elevate the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service to even higher levels. The final plan was the result of more than a year of discussions with and comments from trustees, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other friends of the university.

“Rice’s evolving aspirations and the challenges of a rapidly changing world helped shape the vision,” Leebron said.

The seven broad goals endorsed by the Rice Board of Trustees last month will guide the university’s priorities at least into the middle of the decade.

“Our vision and plan for the next decade are driven by our values of responsibility, integrity, community and excellence, our ambitions as a research university of the highest echelon, our special commitment to the quality of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and our history as Houston’s first institution of higher education,” Leebron said.

The seven goals range from strengthening the quality of undergraduate and graduate education to extending Rice’s reach through digital education, alumni involvement, and international relationships. They are:

  1. Provide transformative undergraduate education.Through exceptional teaching, faculty mentoring, and experiential opportunities, Rice intends to produce graduates who have the broad intellectual and international perspectives, critical thinking capabilities, and creative problem-solving skills to be leaders and contributors to the world.
  2. Build nationally and internationally renowned graduate programs.The goal is to make Rice a premier choice for the most promising graduate students and to empower success in their careers by providing outstanding faculty, the best educational programs, extraordinary research opportunities, effective mentoring, and a vibrant graduate community.
  3. Invest in faculty to achieve pre-eminence.Rice will foster faculty innovation and accomplishment in education, research, and artistic endeavors and make additional investments in targeted areas to reach the highest level of achievement and recognition.
  4. Expand access, diversity, and inclusiveness.Rice will provide the programs and financial support that attract and enable the success of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students from all backgrounds and will build diversity in all aspects among faculty and staff.
  1. Elevate research achievement and reputation.Rice will significantly elevate its research to advance human knowledge and creativity and make vital contributions to the betterment of the world.
  2. Extend Rice’s reach and impact.The university will increase its impact and visibility nationally and globally through digital education, global presence, and alumni engagement.
  3. Engage Houston and empower its success.Rice will engage Houston as a focus and partner for research and education, leverage the university’s broad expertise on critical urban issues, and be a driving force in enabling Houston’s success as a 21st-century metropolis.

Each of the goals includes objectives that identify more specific ideas for projects and programs that will be considered and implemented in the months and years ahead.

“Taken together, these goals and actions set forth an ambitious vision for Rice University,” Leebron said. He noted that it will take an ambitious and successful fundraising effort to realize the vision and more.

“We will also need to find ways to increase other revenues,” he said. “We will need reallocation of effort and resources and we will need to implement strategic organizational changes that better align with some of our goals and priorities. We will need to embark on new collaborations and partnerships, within Rice and with partners in our city and around the world. And we will need determination, optimism and creativity.”

Acknowledging the dramatic changes taking place in higher education and around the globe, Leebron said Rice needs be in a strong position to compete for the best students, faculty, staff, and resources. In addition, Rice will need to anticipate those changes and adapt its plans for the future while also preserving “distinctive aspects of Rice that will continue to serve us well.”

“While these goals will guide us, they will also evolve along with our university as we seek to educate, improve, and sustain our world,” he said.

“If we are to be truly successful in the long run, we must not only undertake bold steps to implement the V2C2, but also foster creative and visionary conversations that might help us anticipate the university of the mid-21st century as we then approach our 150th anniversary,” Leebron said. “To that end, Rice will consciously support such conversations as part of our implementing the V2C2. And we will regularly review our goals and assess our progress.”

Both the summary V2C2 plan and a supporting document elaborating some of the specific elements can be read at: V2C2.rice.edu.

Leadership

Dr. David Leebron – President

David W. Leebron became Rice University’s seventh president in 2004. Under Leebron’s guidance, the institution has undergone a period of growth and transformation. Over the past fourteen years, the university has increased its undergraduate student population, enhanced the vibrancy of the campus with $800 million in new construction, extended its research endeavors and international presence, deepened its relationship with its home city of Houston, and earned greater visibility locally, nationally, and internationally.

Early in his presidency, Leebron engaged in extensive consultations that produced the Vision for the Second Century (V2C), a plan for Rice’s growth and advancement as one of the world’s premier research universities. As Rice enters the next phase of strategic planning, the Vision for the Second Century/Second Decade (V2C2), the university is well positioned for its second hundred years.

Perhaps the biggest change has occurred in undergraduate enrollment, which has increased 30 percent since 2004. The number of applications received for fall 2018 set a record at approximately 21,000. President Leebron, as part of the V2C2, also introduced The Rice Investment – groundbreaking financial aid initiatives for the middle class, offering free and reduced tuition and fees to families in America’s largest economic class.  International applicants have increased fivefold, and undergraduate and graduate students now come from more than 90 countries.

International experience is an important part of Leebron’s mission to provide students with a holistic education. Much like Rice’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, Leebron brought a powerful international vision to the post and has actively reached out to Asia and Latin America. New study abroad programs in Argentina and India have been added, along with study and research opportunities in China, Brazil, and Turkey.

Under Leebron’s leadership, the campus has added two new residential colleges; the 10-story BioScience Research Collaborative, where scientists and educators from Rice and other Texas Medical Center institutions work together; a new state-of-the-art recreation and wellness center; an additional food servery; a central campus pavilion that serves as a meeting and study place; an updated sports arena; a new physics building; the Moody Center for the Arts; and the Rice Public Art Program, a presidential initiative that has added beautiful art across campus.

Leebron has welcomed the Dalai Lama, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Indian President Abdul Kalam, former Houston Mayor and Rice alumna Annise Parker, a delegation of Chinese educational leaders on only the third U.S. trip of its kind, and hundreds of other global political and academic leaders.

Prior to taking the helm at Rice, Leebron was dean of Columbia Law School. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Law Review in his second year. After graduating in 1979, he served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. He began teaching at the UCLA School of Law in 1980 and at the NYU School of Law in 1983.

In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, and in 1996 he was appointed dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. Leebron also served as a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and as the Jean Monnet Visiting Professor of Law at Bielefeld University. He is currently part of the political science faculty at Rice and has authored a textbook on international human rights.

In 2006, Leebron was awarded France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre national du Mérite, and the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel La Catolica by the government of Spain.  In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from Nankai University. In 2010, Leebron and his wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun, were selected by the Greater Houston Partnership as the city’s International Executives of the Year for helping make Houston a center of international business.

Leebron and Sun have two children, Daniel and Mei.

Dr. Marie Miranda – Provost

Dr. Miranda is the Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Statistics, Rice University, and adjunct professor of pediatrics at Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Miranda specializes in research on environmental health, especially how the environment shapes health and wellbeing among children. She is the founding director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper. Dr. Miranda’s formal educational background is rooted in mathematical, statistical, and economic modeling; her professional experiences integrate environmental health sciences with sound social policies.  She has taught courses and conducted research on children’s environmental health, with a particular emphasis on reproductive and developmental toxicants, childhood lead exposure, and allergen and asthma triggers.  She is a leader in the rapidly evolving field of geospatial health informatics.

Dr. Miranda has applied spatial analytic approaches to a wide range of scientific issues. She also has extensive experience running training, research translation, and outreach programs, especially as they relate to disadvantaged populations.  Dr. Miranda maintains an active research portfolio, with a funding history that includes the USEPA, NIH, CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the USDA, the State of North Carolina, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Wallace Genetics Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and The Duke Endowment.  She maintains a deep and abiding interest in environmental and social justice.  Her research group received the 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Award.

Dr. Miranda’s responsibilities as provost include promoting and supporting excellence in all dimensions of the University’s academic, research, scholarly, and creative programs and activities, supported by a $700 million annual operating budget. She is responsible for developing and implementing plans for $230 million in strategic investments focused on molecular nanotechnology, data sciences, and overall research competitiveness, as well as $250+ million in major renovations of university facilities. Dr. Miranda has also worked to build more robust relationships with corporate partners, resulting in signed umbrella agreements with multiple corporate entities, along with individual funding of faculty members.

As part of the university’s Research Competitiveness Initiative, the Creative Ventures Fund was established in 2016 to provide over $1 million annually to support faculty in new and creative work.  This fund allows faculty to amplify their creativity by sharing their work more broadly through hosting conferences and workshops, extending their networks of collaborators through forming interdisciplinary research teams, and passing their talents to the next generation through innovative classroom teaching strategies.

Dr. Miranda is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she earned her AB in mathematics and economics and was named a Truman Scholar.  She has a PhD and MA, both in economics, from Harvard University, where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She served on the faculty at Duke from 1990 to 2011, and then as dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan for four years. Dr. Miranda became provost at Rice University in July 2015.

The Student Body and Faculty

  • Size: 3,962 undergraduate and 3,027 graduate degree-seeking students
  • Selectivity: 22 applicants for each place in the freshman class
  • Faculty: 683 full-time and 196 part-time instructional faculty
    • 97 percent of our full-time instructional faculty have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field
  • A focus on teaching: An undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of just under 6 to 1
    • a median undergraduate class size of 14
  • Research excellence: Approximately $125 million in annual externally funded research expenditures during the 2017-18 academic year
    • Rice encouragesengagement of undergraduate and graduate students in the creation of new knowledge and technology
    • 68 percent of our undergraduates participate in research during their time at Rice
  • Residential college system: 11 close-knit and diverse communities
    • 72 percent of our undergraduate students, including 99 percent of our freshmen, live on campus

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Rice University, you have the following benefits available to you:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Leave Options
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Discounts
  • Wellness Plans

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