Since August 1, 2015, Dr Rice has been the Rector (President) of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus). As a biographical curiosity, it is said that this is the first time a non-Norwegian has been at the helm of an institution for higher education in Norway. In addition to his work as Rector, he leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research, and was the head of the Board for Current Research Information System in Norway (CRIStin) through 2016. He is also a reserve member of the Board for the Language Council of Norway (Språkrådet).
In all of these roles, he works to pursue his conviction that research and education are essential to improving society and that making universities better therefore has the potential to make societies better.
Before becoming Rector, he worked at the University of Tromsø. From 2002–2008, he was the founding director of their first Norwegian Center of Excellence, the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). From 2009–2013, he served as the elected Vice Rector for Research & Development (prorektor for forskning og utvikling). After his period as Vice Rector, he was elected by the faculty in Tromsø to represent them on the university board, which he did from 2013–2015.
He is part of the European Science Foundation’s genderSTE COST action (Gender, Science, Technology and Environment); and helped create the BALANSE program at the Research Council of Norway, which is designed to increase the numbers of women at the highest levels of research organizations. He is on the Advisory Board of the European Commission projects EGERA (Effective Gender Equality in Research and Academia) (FP7) and LIBRA (H2020); was on the Science Leaders Panel of genSET (FP7), in which they advised the European Commission about gender in science; and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Gender Summits.