DALE RICE | LECTURER
B.A., Syracuse University
Biography: In a 35-year career in journalism, Dale Rice covered just about every angle of the news. He has been a general assignments reporter, education writer, city hall reporter, capital bureau chief, business editor, deputy features editor and restaurant critic. While on a Ford Foundation journalism fellowship, he conducted the first nationwide study of the impact of magnet schools on desegregation. The American Psychiatric Association invited him to give a speech on groundbreaking reporting on the incarceration of people with mental retardation at the organization’s annual convention. He was praised by the U.S. commissioner of education for proving that the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the nation’s most widely used yardstick of student achievement, had been made easier in subsequent versions between the 1950s and 1980s. While serving as the Austin American-Statesman’s restaurant critic, he has reviewed more than 1,000 meals, including one with a $900 tab in Paris. He brings this varied reporting, writing and editing background to Texas A&M University, where he teaches in Journalism Studies and the Department of Communication and mentors students in the Liberal Arts Student Reporter Project.
Dale Rice teaches COMM 289-Communication and Political Blogging, JOUR 203-Media Writing I, and JOUR 303-Media Writing II