As director of communications for the Rice University School of Humanities, John P. Waterhouse is responsible for increasing the visibility of the school and advancing Dean Kathleen Canning's vision for a more fully integrated and "connective humanities" at Rice.
In this role, he works closely with the dean, associate deans and team members in the Dean's Office, the chairs and directors of the school's departments, centers and programs, and colleagues in the university's Office of Public Affairs, Office of Enrollment, and Division of Development and Alumni Relations to increase awareness of the school's strategic initiatives and the work and achievements of Humanities faculty, students and alumni.
Since joining Rice in January 2019, John has worked collaboratively with faculty and fellow Rice storytellers to promote the school's strategic initiatives, including the Medical Humanities and Jewish Studies programs; the Center for African and African American Studies; the Politics, Law and Social Thought program; and the Center for Environmental Studies. He has also brought attention to the school's Big Questions courses, which invite students from outside the humanities into the school's courses, allowing them to see the ways humanities inquiry can help students make sense of the world they live in and the daily dilemmas our society faces.
John is always looking for great stories and opportunities to engage audiences, both inside and outside the hedges. Have a story idea or communications project you want to discuss? Please email him.