Christopher S. Rice, Ph.D. is a futurist, educator, ethnographer and political theorist exploring the intersections of learning, collaboration and technology. Through foresight consulting, workshop design & facilitation, research, speaking and writing, Christopher works with clients to help them understand the strategic and tactical impacts of social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends on their industries and organizations. During his career, Christopher has worked with clients in a variety of industry sectors, including higher education, community development, political campaigns, educational technology, learning services/publishing and college business management.
His current research focuses on strategic foresight and “ethnographies of the future” that explore the intertwined futures of collaboration, learning experience design, community development and innovative uses of technology (including augmented reality, 3D printing, robotics and social networking/social media). He has written and spoken on a wide variety of topics, including the future(s) of higher education, learning technology, learning experience design, social media, sustainable community development, experience analysis & design, and geoengineering.
Christopher is currently an Enterprise Architect for Learning Analytics & Technologies with University of Kentucky Analytics & Technologies (UKAT) and a partner with Experience Design Works, an innovation consulting firm dedicated to transforming higher education by using Experience Analysis & Design to guide higher education institutions and edupreneurs through program and product development using a deep, data-driven understanding of student and faculty behaviors. In the past, Christopher has worked as Associate Director for Teaching and Technology at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), Enterprise Architect for Academic Technologies and User Experience with UKIT, Social Technology Strategist in the Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of Kentucky, Research Director of the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center and Program Director for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development. He has a B.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science with a Certificate in Social Theory from the University of Kentucky.