Michael Rice is a Professor and Endowed Chair of Psychiatric Mental Health at the University of Colorado College of Nursing as well as a American Academy of Nursing Fellow. He came to the College of Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he was a professor and the Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, University of Nebraska Medical Center. His baccalaureate degree is from Mount Marty College, in Yankton, South Dakota; his master's degree in psychiatric mental health is from UNMC; and his doctorate in Clinical Research is from the University of Arizona, as a National Research Service Award Fellow. He is a board-certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse. He advocates the use of distance-education technology to meet the health-care needs of rural America. He was the recipient of the Educause Award for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions in 2002. He is co-Chair of the Psychiatric Expert Panel at the American Academy of Nursing and a member of (a) the Board of Directors for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and (b) the Board of Advisors for Behavioral Health Specialties at Optum Health. He provides national and international consultation on development of distance psychiatric-nursing education and learner-centered online education.