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Dr. John S. Hutchinson
Dean of Undergraduates
Professor of Chemistry

Dean of Undergraduates and Professor of Chemistry
As dean of undergraduates, he is responsible for overseeing the undergraduate curriculum, especially those aspects related to general education, as well as all non-curricular components of student life including the residential colleges. Dean Hutchinson came to Rice in 1983, after completing his bachelor and doctoral degrees at the University of Texas at Austin and his postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests are in Theoretical Chemical Physics and Chemical Education. He has taught General Chemistry at Rice since 1988. He is a six time winner of the George R. Brown Awards for teaching and in 2007 received the George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit for Teaching Excellence. He and his wife, Paula, served as Wiess College Masters from 1994 to 2001 and as Brown College Masters from 2003 to 2008.

Yesenia Montoya
 - Division Administrator

  • Assists the Dean of Undergraduates with managing the administrative duties of the Division
  • Maintains budget oversight within the Division
  • Oversees HR paperwork for personnel within the Division
  • Oversees the matriculation activities during Orientation Week 
  • Oversees the balloting/selection process for the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, the Graham C. Stebbings, Paul Bobb, Barbara Long Chilton, Alan Grob, C. M. and Demaris Hudspeth Awards, and the Linda Williams Prize for Social Justice. 

Wendi Schoffstall-Nunez - Division Coordinator

  • Receives and reviews petitions to the Committee on Examinations and Standing and informs petitioners of committee’s decision
  • Receives and coordinates the submission of college course proposals
  • Coordinates the annual Outstanding & Distinguished College Associates Reception with the President's office and University Events
  • Assigns residential colleges for incoming freshmen and transfer students
  • Reviews proposed changes to the General Announcements within the Division of Dean of Undergraduates