Rhianna Rogers' portrait

Mayapan archaeological site, Yucatan, Mexico

Rhianna C. Rogers Ph.D., RPA

Coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies

SUNY Empire State College – Niagara Frontier Region, International Programs, School for Graduate Studies

Email: Rhianna.Rogers@esc.edu


State University of New York -Empire State College (SUNY-ESC): (2010-present)

  • Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies – Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences: August 2017-present
    • Coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies: January 2017-present
  • Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies AOS: August 2010-August 2017
    • Area of Study Convener – Interdisciplinary Studies: August 2014-May 2017

Teaching Appointments (AY 2010-present):

  • International Programs Faculty Member (Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Cyprus): Spring 2015-present
  • School for Graduate Studies Faculty Member (Saratoga Springs, NY): Fall 2012-present
  • Niagara Frontier/WNY Regional Faculty Member (Buffalo, NY): Fall 2010-present

State University of New York/Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): (2015-present)

TOEP Fellow: October 2015-present

State University of New York/Open SUNY (2014-present)

Founding Open SUNY Fellow in Innovation and Research: January 2014-present

South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary (SFBC&TS)
Visiting Professor (Honorarium): August 2010-present


I am an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Empire State College. I am trained as both an anthropological-archaeologist and historian, specializing in Mesoamerica and native cultures of the United States. I 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. I am a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over a decade of field and museum experience. I have worked in both academic and public archaeology as well as in historic preservation and museum studies. My interests have taken me to various geographic locations to conduct research, including the South and Northeastern United States, Mexico, Ecuador, and Spain.

I hold multiple appointments at SUNY ESC Empire, including undergraduate roles in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities, the School for Graduate Studies, and International Programs. I teach courses in Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Native American Studies, Historical Studies, Research Methods, and the Social Sciences. I am the inaugural coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies for the college.

I have been a part of a variety of SUNY-wide initiatives related to my expertise in OER development and implementation, including consulting on multiple IITG grants, Lumina/PLA grants, participating as a COIL Instructor, as well as offering collegial support as a COTE and TOEP fellow in OER academic innovation.

I actively work with students in a variety of research and club activities as well. I was (AY 2011-2013) the founding Faculty Advisor for the NFC Student Club- CARES (College Achievement Requires Engaged Students) as well as the founding adviser for the ESC Graduate Student Collaborative (AY 2014-2019).


Cultural Studies, Native American Studies, Anthropology (Archaeology), Latin American History, Colonial U.S. History, Mesoamerican History and Archaeology, Social Science Research and Methods, Museums Studies, Public History and Archaeology, Artifact Analysis, Digital Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Emerging Technologies in Teaching (OERs)


2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Chancellor's Award Photo _RR20180602_111316

(Photo: Dr. Rhianna Rogers, below, congratulated by former Provost David Bejou)

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide systemwide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction and serving the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its instructional faculty, librarians and professional staff across its campuses. The awards provide SUNY-wide recognition in five categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching.

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: (2 Chapters written in book)

Rhianna C. Rogers and Menoukha Case, “Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Influence on the US Constitution, 1789,” in 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History, Greenwood Publishers, Dec. 2016.

Rhianna C. Rogers, “The Seminole Wars,” in 50 Events that Shaped American Indian History, Greenwood Publishers, Dec. 2016.

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2015 James William and Mary Elizabeth Hall Endowed Award for Innovation recipient: This award periodically honors a college employee who creates, or puts into effect, an innovation that advances Empire State College’s mission and benefits the college’s students. To learn more, review this article(Photo: Dr. Rhianna Rogers, below, congratulated by former President Merodie Hancock)





2015 OPEN SUNY Online Effective Practice award recipient: I was selected as 1 of 11 people to receive this award for the AY 2014-2015 academic year.

BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: Rhianna C. Rogers, From Ichcanzihoo to Mérida:Documenting Cultural Transition Through Contact Archaeology in Tihoo, Mérida, Yucatan. Oxford: ArchaeoPress/British Archaeological Reports, 2011.

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BOOK CHAPTER: Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers, “Okay, so how do I really study ceramics? Understanding the Praxis of Archaeological Ceramic Research” in Research Realities in the Social Sciences. New York: Cambria Press, 2010.

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See Cambria Press release for book description.