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Rhianna C. Rogers Ph.D., RPA
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology and History), SUNY Empire State College – WNY campus
Rockefeller Institute of Government-Albany, NY: (AY 2019-present)
- Inaugural Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow (Fall 2019-present)
- Center for Law and Policy Solutions (CLPS) Internship Instructor (Spring 2020)
State University of New York -Empire State College (SUNY-ESC): (2010-present)
- Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology and History): August 2017-present
- Provost/Associate Dean Innovation Reassignment (Buffalo Project 2.0): Sept 2019-present
- Inaugural Coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies (May 2017-July 2019)
- Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies: August 2010-August 2017
- Area of Study Convener – Interdisciplinary Studies: August 2014-May 2017
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)
- Inaugural Open SUNY Fellow in Innovation and Research (Open Educational Resources -OERs): January 2014-present
SUNY Empire State College (SUNY-ESC)
- International Education Faculty (Middle East and Latin America): Spring 2015-present
- School for Graduate Studies Faculty (Saratoga Springs, NY): Fall 2012-present
- WNY Regional Faculty (Buffalo, NY): Fall 2010-present
South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary (SFBC&TS)
- Visiting Professor (Honorarium): August 2010-present
Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers is an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (History and Anthropology) at SUNY Empire State College. She holds multiple appointments, including undergraduate 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 multiple awards for her innovative approach to teaching and learning, including, most recently, the 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’ interests have taken her to various geographic locations to conduct research and teaching, including the South and Northeastern 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 in the Center for Law and Policy Solutions (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 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, as well as offering collegial support as a COTE and TOEP fellow in OER academic innovation.
Rogers actively works with students in a variety of research and club activities, including (AY 2011-2013) being the founding Faculty Advisor for the NFC Student Club- CARES (College Achievement Requires Engaged Students) and the founding advisor for the ESC Graduate Student Collaborative (AY 2014-2019). Rogers also works with students, alumni, and colleagues in WNY as the lead investigator for the Buffalo Project.
Cultural Studies/Participatory Action Research, Cultural Anthropology, Native American Studies, Latin American History, Mesoamerican History and Archaeology, Social Science Research and Methods, Museums Studies, Tribal History and Archaeology, Artifact Analysis, Digital Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Emerging Technologies in Teaching (OERs)
2019-2020 Provost/Associate Dean Innovation Program: Recipient for the Buffalo Project
This program award is designed to build on SUNY Empire’s long history of innovation and foster an innovative environment that leads to student success. Rogers was selected for this program based on the connection of her project(s) – the Buffalo Project – to college-wide strategic goals and innovations.
2019 SUNY Empire “You Make A Difference Award”: Recipient for the Buffalo Project-Deliberative Conversations Series
Photo Credit: Darlene Hapka
This award is nomination-based and overseen by the SUNY Empire Climate Committee. Recipients are selected by their peers in recognition for college/community efforts which lead to and/or support improvements in workplace environment on their campus. (Rogers was selected for her Deliberative Conversation series. See Buffalo Project.)
2018-2019 SUNY Explorations in Diversity & Academic Excellence Awards (EDAE)
The SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion received 27 applications from 25 of the 64 SUNY campuses in the 10th cycle of the annual Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Initiative. The fourteen projects were selected to receive funding across the state, including the Buffalo Project 2.0.
2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
(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.
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. Rogers received this award for the Buffalo Project. 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.
2019 BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: (Contributing Author in Textbook- multiple sections)
2016 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.
2011 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.
2010 BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: (1 chapter written in book)
See Cambria Press release for book description.
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.