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Noting that his life has been enriched by his students and colleagues, and because of that he “will always be indebted to them,” Assistant Provost Emeritus David Rice retired this year from full-time service.
He arrived at UCM in 1973 after receiving his doctorate in history from Emory University. Rice taught courses about the French Revolution and Napoleon, East Asia, World War II,
American Military History, and the Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment, while rising through the ranks from assistant professor to professor of history. In addition to teaching thousands of students and supervising multiple master’s theses, he served as chair of the Department of History and Anthropology, director of the Center for Academic Technology, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and assistant provost for Information Technology and Instruction. Along the way, he co-authored three books, authored more than 30 articles and book reviews, and presented numerous papers at professional conferences.
Rice received the Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award in 1982, the university Byler Distinguished Faculty Award in 1988 and was named Honors Program Distinguished Professor in 1994.
With colleague, William Foley, Rice was honored with the Best Article Award from the “Bulletin of the Missouri Historical Society” in 1978 and the Vivien Paladin Writers Award for “Montana: the Journal of Western History” in 1979. His book, “The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis,” co-authored with Foley and published in both paperback and hardback by the University of Illinois Press, was recognized as the Thorpe Menn Honorable Mention award winner by the Kansas City chapter of the Association of University Women.
Rice was the principal author and co-director of a $141,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1988.