Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

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  • Emily Katherine Rials

    Emily Katherine Rials


    BioEmily Rials is a Lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Cornell University; her ongoing research focuses on the intersections of narrative theory, book history, and feminist and disability studies, especially in twentieth-century and contemporary fiction. She is currently working on a revision of her dissertation, which examines how components like punctuation and page spacing shape the representations of embodiment in modernist and contemporary novels.

    Emily received her B.A. in English from Stanford, so she is delighted to be returning to the university to teach "Stories Everywhere," "Healing, Illness, and Stories," and "Reading the Body" in the 2018-19 school year. When she isn't teaching, reading, or writing, Emily can usually be found crafting handmade books and tinkering with her tabletop printing press.

  • Rebecca Richardson

    Rebecca Richardson


    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: The Rhetoric of Inspiration and Self-Help; Nineteenth-Century British Literature; Environmental Studies; The Medical Humanities; Expressive Writing and Self-Reflection

  • Lupita Ruiz-Jones

    Lupita Ruiz-Jones


    BioLupita Ruiz-Jones is a teaching and research fellow. She teaches critical thinking in the sciences to freshman in the Thinking Matters program. She received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2009 and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Stanford University in 2016. Her current research is based in Hawai'i where she is leading a collaboration with the lab of Dr. Ruth Gates. The study is focused on investigating coral genetic diversity across an environmental mosaic. When she is not teaching or doing science, Lupita thoroughly enjoys traveling, culture, art, and being in nature.