Delores Rice

Research Associate
Expanding Pathways in Computing


Delores Rice joined TACC in October 2023 as a Research Associate, with a focus on the ECEP Alliance. Her primary interest is conducting research and evaluation in STEM, particularly in engineering education. She aims to investigate ways to improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the STEM disciplines. She has previously worked as a researcher and external evaluator for grants funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security.

Delores Rice was previously a Principal Consultant with R&D Group, where she provided a range of services including research, evaluation, program development, grant administration, and project management services. She collaborated with colleges, universities, faculty and staff, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Delores has extensive experience in education, having worked as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce where she contributed to the development of a competency-based education program. She also worked as a Research Analyst for Arlington Independent School District. Recently, she completed working on an NSF S-STEM project with colleagues at Prairie View A&M University.

Selected Publications

Ballenger, J., Rice, D., & Kim, J. (2020). Comparative analysis of enrollment and degrees awarded in STEM field among gender, race, and ethnicity in doctoral universities in Texas.  In N. Abdelrahman, B. Irby, J. Ballenger & B. Polnick (Eds.), Girls and women of color in STEM: Their journeys in higher education (Research on Women and Education (pp. 19-40). Information Age Publishing.

Rice, D. (2016).  The STEM Pipeline: Recruiting and Retaining African American Female Engineers. Journal of Research Initiatives, 2(1).

Rice, D., Bonner, F., Lewis, C., Alfred, M.V., Nave, F., & Frizell, S. (2016).  Reversing the Tide in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM): Academically Gifted African American Students in Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Journal of Research Initiatives, 2(1).

Rice, D., & Alfred, M. V. (2014). Personal and Structural Elements of Support for African American Female Engineers.  Journal of STEM Education, 15(2), 40-49.

Current Projects

  • ECEP Alliance

Areas of Research

  • STEM, Engineering Education, Social Justice