RONALD E. RICE

Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication
Department of Communication, 4005 Social Science & Media Studies Bldg
Wee Kim Wee Professor, and Nanyang University Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2007-2010 (Augusts)
President, International Communication Association, 2006-2007
Fulbright Professor, Finland 2006
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4020
office: 805-893-8696; dept.: 805-893-4517; dept. fax: 805-893-7102
See http://www.comm.ucsb.edu/people/academic/ronald-e-rice for more details.



Short bio:

Ronald E. Rice (Ph.D., Stanford University) is the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Rice has been elected divisional officer in both the International Communication Association and the Academy of Management, elected President (2006-2007) and a Fellow of the International Communication Association (2010), winner of the 2015 Steven Chaffee Career Achievement awards from the ICA, awarded a Fulbright Award to Finland (2006), appointed as Visiting Wee Kim Wee Professor of the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2007), and as Visiting University Professor at NTU (2008-2010), and has served as Associate Editor for Human Communication Research, and for MIS Quarterly

Longer bio:

Ronald E. Rice (Ph.D., M.A. in Communication Research, Stanford University, 1982; B.A. in English Literature, Columbia University, 1971) is Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication, and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media, at University of California, Santa Barbara.

He has co-authored or co-edited Organizations and Unusural Routines: A Systems Analysis of Dysfunctional Feedback Processes (2010); Media Ownership: Research and Regulation (2008); The Internet and Health Care: Theory, Research and Practice (2006); Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement and Interaction (2002); The Internet and Health Communication (2001); Accessing and Browsing Information and Communication (2001); Public Communication Campaigns (1st ed.: 1981; 2nd ed.: 1989; 3rd ed.: 2001; 4th ed.: 2012); Research Methods and the New Media (1988); Managing Organizational Innovation (1987); and The New Media: Communication, Research and Technology (1984).

Dr. Rice has conducted research and published widely in communication science, public communication campaigns, computer-mediated communication systems, environmental communication, methodology, organizational and management theory, information systems, information science and bibliometrics, social uses and effects of the Internet, and social networks.  His publications have won awards as best dissertation from the American Society for Information Science and Technology, half a dozen times as best paper from International Communication Association divisions, twice as best paper from Academy of Management divisions, and once from the National Communication Association. 

Dr. Rice has been elected divisional officer in both the International Communication Association and the Academy of Management, elected President of the ICA (2006-2007), awarded a Fulbright Award to Finland (2006), appointed as Wee Kim Wee Professor of the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2007) and as Nanyang University Professor (2008, 2009). He has served as Associate Editor for Human Communication Research, and for MIS Quarterly, and is on the editorial board of Asian Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Studies Journal, Communication Theory, Human Communication Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (online), Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Management Information Systems, and New Media and Society.

In July 2016, Google Scholar reported over 21,000 citations to Dr. Rice’s work, with a H-factor of 73.  Chua and Yang’s study (The shift towards multi-disciplinarity in information science, JASIST, 59(13), 2156-2170) included Dr. Rice in their list of most frequent, and inter-connected authors during both periods of 1988-1997, and 1997-2007. An informal citation analysis in 2000, using Social Sciences Citation Index (not Sciences Citation Index, however, and not including self-citations) showed that Dr. Rice's publications were cited over 1200 times by over 600 indexed (mostly unique) serial articles. Public Communication Campaigns has been adopted by more than 100 institutions. An ICA paper in 1988 indicated that The New Media was the most used book on new communication media topics at that time. Dr. Elizabeth More's international review of communication and information studies showed that, as of 1988, The New Media was one of the three most used social science texts in the area of communication technology. A large-scale citation analysis by Drs. So and Chan showed The New Media tied for first place, with Jim Beniger's The Control Revolution, as the most named book in the research area, and listed Dr. Rice as among the most cited researchers in communication science. Dr. So’s dissertation reported that Dr. Rice was the 12th most cited author (111 times) in all ICA papers, 1985-1987, and the most cited author in the HCT division (66), and The New Media was the 12th most cited book. An article by Drs. Hummon and Carley in Social Networks included Dr. Rice as one of the most frequent contributors to social network analysis, and as being included on one of the "main citation paths" in one of the five research areas published in the journal Social Networks. An extensive co-citation analysis in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science by White and McCain (1998, 49, 4) lists Dr. Rice as one of the top 120 library and information science researchers, one of the few representing 4 or more subject areas, and centrally located among researchers in citation analysis and theory, communication theory, and "imported ideas".

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