Glasscock
Leadership

Dean Robert Bruce
Dean Robert Bruce

This year has been a trying one for so many of us, including here at the Glasscock School. However, as we look ahead to a better 2021, we do so with appreciation and pride for how we have navigated the many challenges we’ve faced in 2020.

As I am sure was similar for you, our response to this year can be divided into three categories: Reactive, Active, and Proactive.

Reactive
As a result of COVID-19, we moved 135 credit and non-credit courses online this spring. We serve a diverse student body, many of which are considered the most vulnerable population. Additionally, many of our students are engaging in our classes to build their careers. Though the world may have seemed to stop in many ways, their goals move forward, and so must we to keep them on track.

Active
Having our courses online is essential, but that must not just be accessible; they must be exceptional. As it became apparent that social distancing was going to continue beyond the spring, we began implementing strategies for our typical online offerings across our entire catalog to ensure the best possible experience for our students. In concert with that, we underwent rigorous evaluation and equipping activities to ensure our staff and instructors had everything needed to excel in their now-remote roles.

Proactive
I don’t believe I have heard the term “the new normal” more than during this past year. While I understand the need for such language, any “normal” is contrary to who we are at the Glasscock School. Normal carries with it the connotation of complacency, and that is just not something we will ever be comfortable with. We can’t be because our students won’t allow it. They come to the Glasscock School for the exact opposite reason. They are striving to improve themselves, their families, and their community. They come to broaden their minds. They come to improve their skills. They come to be challenged and enlightened. At the heart of all of their pursuits is a driving desire to be better. As such, we must mirror that in our work to meet their needs.

Towards this end, we launched several new initiatives this year to help our students and community, even in the midst of “worse,” continue to strive for better. We launched OpenRICE, which offers relevant and timely expertise and insight, free and online, to the Houston community across a range of topics. The school also launched the Back in Business and Back to Work initiatives, providing guidance to small business owners and those seeking to re-enter the workforce.

As we move forward into this new year, we draw inspiration from our students, striving to be more skilled, more intentional, more informed, more equipped, and better every day.

Leadership Team

Rob Bruce
Robert Bruce, Ph.D.

Dean, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies


Saira Cooper
Saira Cooper

Director of Digital Learning, IT & Operations


Cathy Maris
Cathy Maris

Assistant Dean, Community Learning and Engagement (CLE)

Kathleen Sayers
Kathleen Sayers, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Director of Language Programs


Courtney Tardy
Courtney Tardy

Director of Develompent


David Vassar
David Vassar, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Professional & Corporate Programs

Advisory Board

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Edmund “Ed” P. Segner, III

Advisory Board Chair


Dorothy M. Ables
Dorothy M. Ables

Advisory Board Member


Edward “Teddy” Adams
Edward “Teddy” Adams

Advisory Board Member

Julie Brooke Alexander
Julie Brooke Alexander

Advisory Board Member


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John Boles, Ph.D.

Advisory Board Member


Peter Brown
Peter Brown

Advisory Board Member

John Chaney
John D. Chaney

Advisory Board Member


Aurra Fellows
Aurra Fellows

Advisory Board Member


William “Bill” Frisco
William “Bill” Frisco

Advisory Board Member

Greg Hambrick
Greg Hambrick

Advisory Board Member


Sheri Henriksen
Sheri Henriksen

Advisory Board Member


Albert Kidd
Albert Kidd

Advisory Board Member

L. Charles “Charley” Landgraf
L. Charles “Charley” Landgraf

Advisory Board Member


Jacqueline “Jackie” S. Martin
Jacqueline “Jackie” S. Martin

Advisory Board Member


Suzanne McCarthy
Suzanne McCarthy

Advisory Board Member

M. Anne Murphy, CFRE
M. Anne Murphy

Advisory Board Member


Wanda Pan
Wanda Pan

Advisory Board Member


Stephen J. “Steve” Shaper
Stephen J. “Steve” Shaper

Advisory Board Member

Josephine P. Smith
Josephine P. Smith

Advisory Board Member


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Rob Sweetland, Jr

Advisory Board Member


Whitney Anderson Walsh
Whitney Anderson Walsh

Advisory Board Member

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Susanne “Susie” M. Glasscock

Advisory Board Member, ex officio

HOURS

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Monday-Friday

713-348-4803
GSCS@RICE.EDU

POSTAL ADDRESS

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies - MS-550
Rice University
Houston, TX 77005

STREET ADDRESS

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies - MS-550
Anderson-Clarke Center
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

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