Our Team

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Digital Information Accessibility Coordinator

The Digital Accessibility Coordinator is a member of the Learning Environments team.
They support all members of the Rice community who create and share public and academic digital information.

Trisha Whiteman MLIS & CPACC (she/hers)

Trisha joined the Learning Environments team in October 2022 and is working remotely from New Hampshire. She comes to Rice from Southern New Hampshire University, where she was a librarian and faculty member for eight years. Prior to SNHU, Whiteman worked at Nova Southeastern University as a research and teaching librarian. She has been working with accessibility since 2016 and recently earned her IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competency. Trisha is an active researcher, presenter and accessibility/disability advocate.

Highlights of the coordinator's role includes: developing best practices for accessible public and learner facing content, assessing and evaluating technologies, delivering training and development opportunities and assisting Rice in fostering social initiatives for accessibility as part of DEI work across campus.

To learn more about individual and group training opportunities, email a11y@rice.edu. Also, check the Access @ Rice blog for new announcements about training.

Learning Environments (LE)

Learning Environments is a dynamic department of three core teams working to support teaching and learning technologies across the University.

Contact Learning Environments at teaching@rice.edu or call 713-348-4989.

Teaching & Scholarly Learning

The Teaching and Scholarly Learning team provides front-end support for all enterprise applications used in online and blended courses, including Canvas, Gradescope, Kaltura, Zoom, Poll Everywhere and more.

Learning Spaces

The Learning Spaces team provides front-end support for all classroom technology, including Crestron panels, monitors, cameras, microphones and more.

Student Systems

The Student Systems team manages and maintains the student enterprise resource planning system, as well as other services related to room scheduling, course management, financial aid and more.

Collaborating Departments

Disability Resource Center

Email: adarice@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-5888

The Disability Resource Center assists Rice students, faculty, staff, and visitors with accommodation requests to help ensure equal access and opportunity. The DRC Director is the ADA Coordinator, as well as the chair of the Strategic Committee for Accessibility.

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Email: cte@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-2929

The Center for Teaching Excellence seeks to transform teaching through mentoring, innovative practices, collaboration, scholarship, and advocacy. The CTE actively engages faculty, staff, students, and community partners, and brings them into conversation to achieve excellence in teaching and learning.

Rice Online Learning (ROL)

Email: riceonline@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-8700

Rice Online Learning furthers the University’s commitment to teaching and research excellence by delivering quality education in and beyond the classroom. ROL works hand-in-hand with faculty to drive the latest innovations in digital education to ensure unsurpassed teaching and learning in a digital environment.