By Heather Anerino
Associate Professor of English Linda J. Rice is the new associate dean for outreach and undergraduate studies in Ohio University's College of Education. She will assume her new responsibilities July 1, joining the college's Academic Leadership Council, Administrative Team and Society of Alumni and Friends.
A faculty member in the Department of English since 2000, Rice will play a vital role in the College of Education, Dean Renee Middleton said. Her responsibilities will focus primarily on two critical functions -- to ensure the college provides undergraduate programs that prepare competent educators and to expand relationships with the wider community through comprehensive outreach programs.
"Linda's professional record is outstanding, and she already has a great deal of knowledge about our college, its mission, its strengths and its opportunities," Middleton said. "She will be an asset to our team as we strive towards continued excellence in changing times."
Rice will be in familiar company when she joins the College of Education. She has participated for several years in the college's Unit for Preparing Education Professionals (U-PEP) and its Assessment Council. Additionally, she serves as co-director of the Better Mathematics through Literacy Project, an initiative funded by the Ohio Board of Regents and housed in the College of Education's Literacy Center.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the College of Education, and I look forward to being part of the standards-raising trajectory that is already in place," Rice said. "My collaborations with the College of Education over the past six years have shown me that there are many hard-working people devoted to preparing excellent education professionals.
"Few colleges have so many external requirements and high-stakes accountability measures as the College of Education, which must collaborate with the Ohio Department of Education for candidate licensure and with NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) so that our programs maintain their accreditation. The reports and accountability are very detail-oriented and rigorous; there is a great deal of scrutiny about what constitutes high-quality teaching and learning, and we want to make sure that Ohio University's College of Education exceeds all of the demands. I want our students to enter the field feeling a high degree of confidence in their readiness to teach."
Before coming to Ohio University, Rice taught middle and high school English for 10 years in rural and suburban schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was named Outstanding High School English Language Arts Educator by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA) in 1998. In 2006-07, she was awarded the distinction of University Professor, and she received the Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award for 2008-09.
Rice is the author of "What Was It Like? Teaching History and Culture through Young Adult Literature" (Teachers College Press, 2006) and "Exploring African Life and Literature: Novel Guides to Promote Socially-Responsive Learning" (International Reading Association, 2007). Her work also has been published in The ALAN Review, The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts and the SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) Newsletter, and she has authored eight chapters in four edited books.
Beyond the classroom, Rice enjoys working with students as the faculty adviser to Ohio University's student affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. She has worked on special projects with the Ohio Department of Education and regularly presents at state and national conferences. She also has served on the executive board of the College English Association of Ohio and is former secretary of OCTELA.
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Updated at 10:35 a.m. June 3, 2008.