We are pleased to announce, on behalf of Dean Kathleen Canning and the School of Humanities Shining Star Selection Committee, the selection of Marcie Newton as the 2019-20 School of Humanities Shining Star Award recipient.
Marcie joined the School of Humanities staff in March 2000. In her current appointment, she serves as administrator of the departments of Religion and Philosophy. Prior to this, she served as coordinator in the Office of the Dean, School of Humanities; center coordinator for the Center for the Study of Languages, where she was later promoted to assistant director of CLS; department administrator of the Department of Art History; department administrator of the Department of Religion; and now serves as administrator for the separate departments of Religion and Philosophy.
Anita Norwig, assistant dean of the School of Humanities, noted that for years the School of Humanities asked Marcie to step in and clean up (or upgrade) administrative issues in departments, centers, and programs as staff left Rice. This has been challenging in many ways, but Marcie is always up for challenges and never disappoints. She gets the work done--regardless of what she’s up against. This year we asked Marcie to pioneer a shared staffing model that has her in the role of administrator in two departments. She agreed to use her almost 20 years of Rice experience to provide upper level administrative support, guidance, and mentoring to both department chairs as well train, mentor, and supervise a new staff member. This model will allow both departments to flourish.