Caroline Levander

Dr. Caroline Levander is the Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy at Rice University. In this capacity, she is responsible for expanding the university's global impact through the development of new partnerships and academic programs and for innovating Rice's teaching and learning enterprise through digital technologies. Prior to this administrative appointment, she was Director of Rice's Humanities Research Center (2005-2011) and Vice Provost and then Vice President for Strategic Initiatives (2011-17).

Levander joined the Rice faculty in 2001 and is Professor of English and Carlson Professor in the Humanities. She has authored many books and articles on American culture and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the English department. She is the recipient of international awards and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Humanities Center, among others. She holds a PhD and BA (with honors) in English from Rice University.

In her current administrative role she oversees Rice’s international strategies, program development, and the coordination of international activities across the university. Levander works closely with faculty to direct Rice’s growing strategy for international engagement and impact in four major geographic areas: Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa. The university’s global presence and international partnerships increasingly depend upon strategic use of digital education technologies, which also fall under Levander’s leadership. Levander oversees all university online curricula as well as K-20 initiatives, through Rice Online Learning and other university collaborations such as OpenStax College.

Global Rice

Rice Online Learning

OpenStax College

Faculty Initiatives Fund

Teaching Innovation Fund

Meredith Allison Bonner
Executive Administrator for Global and Digital Strategy
(713) 348-4633

Yun Zhang
Executive Assistant for Global and Digital Strategy
(713) 348-3401

Campus Location

Allen Center, Suite 440
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Mailing Address

Office of the President–MS 1
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

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