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Release Date Monday, August 24, 2020

Rice Receives Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor

Dr. Rodney Rice, professor emeritus of humanities at South Dakota Mines, is the 2020 recipient of the university’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor.


Rodney Rice, Ph.D., professor emeritus of humanities at  South Dakota Mines, has been named the 2020 recipient of the university’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor. The award honors a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated a sustained record of overall accomplishment in teaching, scholarship and service.  

Rice joined the South Dakota Mines faculty in 1999 and retired during the summer of 2020. During his career, he served as chair of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Humanities Department, coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Program, faculty advisor to the Mines Veterans’ Club and served on more than 40 university and departmental committees. In addition to the presidential award, he received four other teaching awards: two from the Veterans’ Club, one from the Native American National Science Foundation Scholars, and one from Campus Residence’ Life. His scholarship includes more than 40 professional publications and more than 30 regional, national and international conference presentations to peer scholars.     

Rice is the son of Ginter and Marion Rice (now deceased) and is a 1973 graduate of Benson High School. A veteran of 22 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, he retired from active duty in 1999. Among his military assignments he served, nine years on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and five years on the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Rice received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987.       



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