Dean's Biography

On July 1st, 2017, Jennifer King Rice became Dean of the University of Maryland College of Education.


Jennifer King Rice is dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland. As a professor of education policy, her research draws on the discipline of economics to explore education policy questions concerning the efficiency and equity of U.S. education systems. Her recent work focuses on teachers as a critical resource in the education process, and examines the policies and resources needed to staff all schools with high-quality educators.

Dr. Rice has published numerous articles and book chapters and has served on the editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal, Education Finance and Policy, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Her authored and edited books include Performance-Based Pay for Educators: Assessing the Evidence, Fiscal Policy in Urban Education, and Teacher Quality: Understanding the Effectiveness of Teacher Attributes, winner of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education book award.

As a national expert in education finance and policy, Dr. Rice regularly consults with policy organizations and state and federal agencies. She has been a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute. She currently sits on two charter school boards, is a University System of Maryland representative on the Maryland State Teacher Certification Advisory Council, and recently completed a term as co-chair of the Maryland Education Deans and Directors Council. She earned her doctorate from Cornell University, and prior to joining the faculty at Maryland, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research.

Dr. Rice brings her scholarly interests to her role as dean through her efforts to align educational resources with key efforts to advance excellence, equity and social justice in P-12 and higher education. Upon becoming dean, she led the College community through a rigorous and inclusive strategic planning process, which has resulted in new and innovative initiatives to promote the College’s shared values, vision and goals.

Jennifer King Rice CV