Dr. Sederick Charles Rice is a confident, adaptable, highly-motivated, and results-oriented educator with over fifteen years of experience in skills development, research, teaching, and mentoring on secondary and post-secondary levels. His efforts at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), an 1890 Land Grant Institution and Historically Black College & University (HBCU) have provided him with a broad skill set in developing STEM career pathways using evidence-based frameworks and managing early pipeline STEM workforce initiatives. His core values include a commitment to STEM education and research, innovation within learning, knowledge transfer, community/stakeholder collaborations and partnerships, strategic faculty and staff professional development, outreach, and above all student success.
Dr. Rice’s technical and applications’ background relies on analytics, data evaluation, and structured partnerships to support faculty, staff, and students. He has experience conducting formative and summative assessments and collecting and analyzing demographic data, with a focus on faculty professional development and training, student learning, retention, student success outcomes, curriculum mastery, diploma achievement, graduation, and STEM job placement. Dr. Rice has an ability to build coalitions with industry and educational/workforce development agencies to better prepare K9-12, undergraduate, and graduate students for productive employment within local, regional, and national STEM industries. Dr. Rice has been given praise for transparency, diplomacy, an ability to accept and give constructive criticism, his strong interpersonal skills, resilience, and applied knowledge to handle stressful and delicate academic and personnel issues related to student success, faculty and staff morale, and the development of successful community collaborations and partnerships.