Curt Rice

Curt Rice

Curtis Calvin Rice (born 1962) is an American-born Norwegian linguist and the rector of Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA), the largest Norwegian university college (Norwegian: høgskole).[1] Rice is the first rector of his institution who was not elected. He began his rectorship on 1 August 2015. A major issue of his tenure as rector is the question of whether HiOA should apply for the status of a university to become one of Norway's new universities.

Early career

Rice studied philosophy at Augsburg College in Minnesota and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1984. He spent the 1984–1985 academic year as a Fulbright grantee at KU Leuven, Belgium. He then went to the University of Texas at Austin for a PhD in general linguistics.

Rice grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, and graduated from high school there in 1980. He is an alumnus of Rochester Mayo High School. He is married to Tove I. Dahl, who also studied at Augsburg and is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Tromsø as well as the dean of Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village at Concordia Language Villages.[2]

Academic positions

Rice had been a professor in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Tromsø, Norway, before his administrative position at Oslo and Akershus University College. He studied generative grammar and phonology. He was the founding director of the first Center of Excellence in Tromsø, the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL) and he served as the Pro Rector for Research and Development 2009–2013. Rice currently leads Norway's Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity in Research and he is the chair of the board of Current Research Information Systems in Norway (CRIStin). He represented the faculty on the University Board in Tromsø.[3] Rice applied unsuccessfully for the rector position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.[4]


Rice writes for The Guardian about open access, leadership, and gender equality issues in higher education.[3]


  1. Walsh, Paul (March 29, 2015). "Minnesota native chosen president of Norway's largest university". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  2. "Curt Rice named president of Norway university". Bemidji Pioneer. March 30, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Profile: Curt Rice". The Guardian.
  4. Meland, Svein Inge (6 December 2012). "Bovim blir ny NTNU-rektor". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 March 2015.

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