• Advisory Committees

Eugene Rice

Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities

R. Eugene Rice is Senior Scholar at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He received his Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School. For ten years, he served as Director of the Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards and the New Pathways projects at the American Association for Higher Education.  Before moving to AAHE, he was Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Antioch College, where he held an appointment of Professor of Sociology and Religion.  Earlier, Gene was Program Executive and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation, engaged in the national study of the scholarly priorities of the American professoriate and collaborating with the late Ernest Boyer on the Carnegie report Scholarship Reconsidered.  His work on that topic is available in the New Pathways Working Paper Series in an essay entitled “Making a Place for the New American Scholar” (Stylus), and appears in a book Faculty Priorities Reconsidered: Encouraging Multiple Forms of Scholarship, edited with KerryAnn O’Meara (Jossey-Bass).  Gene’s special interest is in the scholarship of engagement, and recently he has taken this work internationally, e.g. Brazil, Liberia, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia. During the major part of his career, Rice was professor of Sociology and Religion at the University of the Pacific, where he helped initiate the first of the experimental “cluster colleges”—Raymond College—and served as chairperson of the Department of Sociology. In "Change" magazine’s survey of leadership in American higher education, Gene Rice is recognized as one of a small group of “idea leaders” whose work has made a difference.