On July 1st, 2017, Jennifer King Rice became Dean of the University of Maryland College of Education.
Jennifer King Rice is a professor of education policy and Dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. Prior to joining the faculty at Maryland, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rice’s research draws on the discipline of economics to explore education policy questions concerning the efficiency, equity, and adequacy of U.S. education systems. Her current work focuses on teachers as a critical resource in the education process, and she is working on several projects that use multiple methods to understand the policies and resources needed to hire and retain qualified teachers in difficult-to-staff schools. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal and Education Finance and Policy. Her authored and edited books include Fiscal Policy in Urban Education; High Stakes Accountability: Implications for Resources and Capacity; and Teacher Quality: Understanding the Effectiveness of Teacher Attributes, winner of the 2005 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education book award. As a national expert in education finance and policy, Dr. Rice regularly consults with numerous policy research organizations and state and federal agencies. She has been a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute. She is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. She was recently recognized as a Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland.