Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers is an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (History and Anthropology) at SUNY Empire State College. She holds multiple appointments, including roles in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the School of Arts & Humanities, the School for Graduate Studies, and International Education. Rogers has won awards for her innovative approach to teaching and learning, including the 2020-2021 & 2019-2020 SUNY Empire Provost Innovation Award, the 2018-2019 Explorations in Diversity & Academic Excellence Award (EDAE), and the 2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Rogers received a certificate in Ethnic Studies, a B.A. in Social Sciences (Anthropology Major and History Minor), an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies (Anthropology, History, and Linguistics Concentrations) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over a decade of field and museum experience. She has worked in both academic and tribal archaeology as well as in historic preservation and museum studies. Rogers has conducted research and taught in the United States, the Dominican Republic, Cyprus, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, and Puerto Rico.
Rogers is currently the inaugural Rockefeller Institute of Government-Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow and the Center for Law and Policy Studies Internship Instructor (2019-present). Before this appointment, she was the inaugural coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies for the college (2017-2019) as well as the convener for Interdisciplinary Studies (2014-2017).
Rogers works with students, alumni, and colleagues across NY as the lead investigator for the Buffalo Project, a 10-year comprehensive, action-based diversity program that focuses on utilizing participant observations of culture to inform solution-making efforts in college and community environments (2010-present).
Rogers has been a part of a variety of SUNY-wide initiatives related to her expertise in OER development and implementation, including consulting on multiple IITG grants, Lumina/PLA grants, participating as a COIL Instructor. She also offers collegial support as a COTE and TOEP fellow in OER academic innovation where she won the 2015-2016 SUNY TOEP Best Peer Mentoring and Support Award and the inaugural 2015 Open SUNY COTE Online Effective Practice Award.
online teaching, online learning, blended learning, effective practices, research, web 2.0, web-enhanced teaching and learning
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