Michelle Rinehart is the Interim Dean of the College of Design.
In her role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach, Michelle has had oversight for a range of programs and initiatives for the College. Her work encompasses three broad areas: 1) Admissions and Outreach, 2) Faculty Affairs and Development, and 3) Assessment and Accreditation. Michelle also leads Implicit Bias Workshops across the Institute, educating faculty on the ways in which our unconscious or implicit biases can impact hiring and promotion practices in higher education.
In addition to her administrative duties, Michelle teaches in the School of Architecture, coordinating the first-year design studio sequence and teaching history of architecture. She is the faculty leader of the Exploring Architecture summer track for incoming Georgia Tech students. Previously, she taught in the Institute’s Oxford Study Abroad program and led a first-year architecture student design/build team in the 2017 Design and Construction Competition at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
Her scholarship and creative work explore civic engagement within the context of professional education. Specifically, Michelle's work examines Herbert Croly’s notion of civic professionalism, where he contends that an individual reaches self-fulfillment only in service to a larger purpose. Her scholarly research examines how architecture programs can instill in students the need to serve the public good as part of their professional responsibility.
Michelle is the Immediate Past President of the Grand Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta, the national honor society for students in architecture and the allied arts, and is also a Past President of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). In addition to her service as a visiting team member for National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accreditation site visits, she was a consultant to the NAAB for its 2013 and 2016 Accreditation Review Conferences. Since 2007, Michelle has served as a reviewer for the AIA/AAF Diversity Advancement Scholarship program.
She is a Past President of the Tulane University Alumni Association and currently serves on its Nominating Committee.
Michelle holds a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from Tulane University, a Master of Science in Architecture (history and theory) from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania.