Rinehart appointed vice-president of education – technical
The position of Vice-Rector Faculty is a new addition to the Office of the Rector of the Institute and aims to highlight the demands and interests of the nearly 4,000 faculty who serve the Institute in various capacities. Currently, Dr. Bonnie Ferri serves as Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development, a similar office that advocates for the needs of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.
However, with the creation of the new faculty-specific position, Tech will be able to prioritize optimizing the faculty experience on campus, both during the recruitment and advancement process to maximize faculty retention. faculty within a framework of diversity, equity,
Dr. Michele Rinehart, former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach at the College of Design, has been appointed to the new position. With nearly two decades of experience in education administration, Dr. Rinehart’s tenure at Tech has been marked by landmark initiatives and projects aimed at improving Institute policies. In 2013, Dr. Rinhehart joined the faculty of Tech in her capacity as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach, before moving to Associate Dean in 2015. She also had a brief tenure as Acting Dean from the College of Design in 2021 during research. process for the permanent dean of the College of Design, Dr. Ellen Bassett. Prior to her appointment to the Institute, Ms. Rinehart served on the faculty of Catholic University as Assistant Dean of the School of Architecture and acted as an academic advisor to undergraduate students pursuing studies. in architecture. Around Washington D.C., she has served as director of public programs at the National Building Museum and senior project manager for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, in addition to being an adjunct teacher and program coordinator at Tulane University in New Orleans. As a leader and innovator in her field, Dr. Rinehart has accumulated a plethora of accolades for her work. During his master’s program at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rinehart received the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award and the Horace H. Rackham Merit Award; in DC, it was named Faculty of the Year by the American Institute of Architecture Students.
While on the faculty of technology, she received the College of Design Dean’s Award and the Thank a Teacher Award.
Dr. Rinehart’s impact on campus is tangible; to mitigate the adverse effects of the global pandemic on faculty members, she has prioritized collaboration with COVID-19 related committees and task forces as Co-Chair of the Accommodation Reassignment Committee academics and the Fall 2021 Planning Task Force. Dr. Rinehart’s work on the Academic Relaunch Committee focuses on defining solutions to combat the challenges posed by the pandemic on the quality of teaching scholar at the Institute. Some organizations Dr. Rinehart supports the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and the American Institute of Architecture Students as an academic advisor. She also champions the Institute’s commitment to progress and service through her involvement in the ABLE Alliance to create a more accessible campus and education system for students with disabilities.
Asked about her goals for the organization, Dr Rinehart said, “My goal is for the new Office of the Vice Provost at the Faculty to provide an inclusive and supportive experience for technology teachers so they can continue to excel, to work with students in the classroom to engage in innovative research and creative work. It starts with helping to recruit world-class faculty who are committed to our teaching and research mission, but also our commitment to serve our local and global community. One of the roles of the Office will be to provide teachers with the skills they need to continue to hone their craft as educators and researchers. We will work to create an environment for our faculty, from recruitment to retirement, that supports and rewards them for the great work they do here at Tech.
The new position is part of the Institute’s new strategic plan by improving tenure and promotion pathways.
By creating more departments aimed at improving different aspects of the Institute within the Provost’s Office, the Technical Administration hopes to create a positive work environment that rewards technical faculty for their contributions to the campus community.