My favorite day of the year is commencement because I get to see students walk across the stage to begin a new chapter in their career and their life. When I see them walk toward me, I think about the challenges they’ve gone through, going from one kind of person to the next. They are now ‘doctor,’ and I had an impact on that.
Dr. Tim Rice is the Program Chair for the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in the College of Doctoral Studies, as well as a Lead Faculty Member in the Sport and Performance Psychology specialization in PsyD program at Ashford University. He comes to Ashford after serving in a similar role at University of the Rockies. Rice grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast in a small town about 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico (Robertsdale). He has been in higher education for nearly 20 years at colleges and universities across the country. In addition, he has served as a head coach in basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, and track & field during his 25-year coaching career at both the collegiate and high school levels.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Mobile (1993), a Master of Sport Science degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy (1999), and a Doctor of Sports Management degree in Sport Management/Human Resource Management from the United States Sports Academy (2005).
Dr. Rice has extensive online teaching experience after serving at numerous online schools over the last 10 years. “I believe in offering our students a practical education that not only gives them the book knowledge, but also the real world experience. I am big on students focusing on the little details, as this makes a huge difference in their life and career. I want them to be fully furnished when they leave Ashford to make a difference in their world. That is why my favorite day of the year is commencement because I get to see students walk across the stage to begin a new chapter in their career and their life. When I see them walk toward me, I think about the challenges they’ve gone through, going from one kind of person to the next. They are now ‘doctor,’ and I had an impact on that.”
Dr. Rice and his wife, Candy, have lived all over the United States. They have also lived abroad in the Republic of Ireland serving in consulting positions. He has served as a consultant with Basketball Ireland, the FIBA governing body for basketball in the country, since 2015. He also has professional fundraising and non-profit experience with the American Heart Association where he directed the Start! Denver (CO) Heart & Stroke Walk for two years leading volunteer teams to raise nearly $1 million.