Sederick Charles Rice, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was selected as a 2019-2020 Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL) Fellow.


Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), CASL is associated with broadening participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), according to a news release.


The 12-month CASL Leadership Program will include webinars, writing assignments, role-playing activities, evaluating case studies, and four scheduled in-person residencies in Washington, D.C., Greensboro, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., and St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands.


Participants will receive guest presentations from higher education leaders on theory and practice of leadership, which also broadens participation in STEM, and complete a 360 assessment of their leadership strengths and challenges.


CASL Fellows will also plan and implement a leadership learning project (LLP), with guidance from senior STEM leader-coaches to explore how leadership at UAPB, and at other HBCUs, relates to broadening participation in STEM.


A 1994 UAPB graduate, Rice also earned a master’s degree in biology from Delaware State University in 1996, and a Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 2003.


Rice has collaborated with the UAPB STEM Scholars Academy and provides instruction for undergraduate, graduate, and teacher education students at UAPB. He also conducts research on the role of 3D spatial visualization on learning and STEM content retention, and actively provides outreach and training to K-12 school district teachers and administrators throughout the Arkansas Delta.


Rice is a member of the Go Forward Pine Bluff Board (GFPB), volunteers with Arkansas Coordinated Child Effort in State Services (ACCESS Inc.) and is chair of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC).