Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking.
“As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.”– Rice University Mission Statement
Rice students, faculty, and staff are united under a set of values that are held dearly. Below, you may read about each of them:
R – "Responsibility is something fundamental to a mission-driven academic community. We need to take responsibility for making Rice better and also for our own happiness and success. And we need to take responsibility for our actions and words and understand how they may impact our friends and colleagues. We especially need to take responsibility for our mistakes. That way we can learn from them and even translate failure into success."
I – "Integrity is one of the strongest threads in Rice’s cultural fabric. In the classroom, office, lab, field of play, in our residential colleges and in our community engagement, we are guided by our commitment to honesty and doing what’s right. This value is embodied in the notion of Rice’s honor and our Honor Code. We accept nothing less than complete academic and research integrity."
C – "Community reflects our collective aspirations and our obligations to each other. Our success as a community depends first and foremost on our respect for each other, and how we reflect that respect in our everyday interactions. That is especially important as we learn from and build friendships with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The Rice community cares about each member. We hope that individual acts add up to the culture of caring that we espouse. Our shorthand way of expressing this to others in need of some assistance: HCIH– How can I help? As part of our values, we extend hospitality and help to every member of our community."
E – "Finally, excellence. For Rice, that means that as individuals and as a university we are never satisfied with a good result, because we can always find ways to do even better. When I arrived at Rice for the first time more than nine years ago, I was struck by the beauty of the campus and the quality of the education, research and community service it produced. But I was surrounded by people – trustees, alumni, faculty members, students, staff – who believed that Rice could be better. I am proud to be part of a community that constantly strives to become better." – President David Leebron, in a letter to the Rice community about these values
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Benefits & Perks
Rice University offers a wide array of benefits and perks, including medical and dental coverage for you and your family, disability coverage, flexible spending accounts, retirement plans, and generous time off programs. These not only enhance your financial security and well-being, they also add significantly to your total compensation.
In order to help you balance work and life, Rice also offers an Employee Assistance Program, child care and back-up child care services, and a wellness program to encourage a healthier lifestyle. The Recreation Center also has a number of programs and activities available to Rice staff to promote and maintain active and healthy living. And as an institution of higher education, Rice encourages learning and ongoing education for the staff with various tuition programs.
Besides the traditional employee benefits, other perks offered to Rice employees include musical offerings from the Shepherd School of Music, full access to the Fondren Library, and free and/or reduced cost to Rice University athletic events. If you would like to take a look at the Rice University campus, please take a few minutes and visit us by taking a virtual tour at http://www.rice.edu/virtualtours/.
Rice University’s students and employees are also committed to energy and water sustainability, from the commitment to achieving LEED certification for new construction, to recycling of construction waste, to trayless dining, to establishing a successful community gardening program, just to name a few. Additionally, Rice University is a member of the US Green Building Council and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Rice employees may access members-only resources from both of these organizations with a rice.edu email address.
For more information, please visit Sustainability at Rice.
Rice’s hometown of Houston, a city alive with energy and rich in diversity, provides a dynamic mix of imagination, talent, and first-class attractions making it a world-class city and popular international destination. And since Rice is centrally located in this thriving, metropolitan area, Rice University’s employees have access to the topflight Houston Museum District, beautiful Hermann Park, and vibrant and diverse shopping and dining in the historic Rice Village. Learn more about Houston by visiting http://explore.rice.edu