John Rice is Executive Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) and an honorary professor of mathematics at Sydney University. He was the inaugural president of the Council from 1995-1998 and served again as president from 2006 - 2008. His mathematical interests are in differential and algebraic geometry.
As Executive Director of the ACDS from 2008 he established its annual teaching and learning conferences and more recently the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre. These have created a national forum for teaching and learning leaders in university science and mathematics, and a high profile for the ACDS in teaching and learning policy.