Rebecca Rice

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Expertise: Collaboration, Crisis Communication, Natural Disasters, Organizational Communication, COVID-19 Crisis Communication


Rebecca Rice is an expert in organizational communication. She studies collaboration, workplace communication, resilience, power, and gender. Recent projects focus on how organizations work together to respond to emergencies, including natural disasters (wildland fires) and security threats. 

Her research also includes inter-organizational collaboration, high-reliability organizing, and security.


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Colorado Boulder

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Rebecca Rice In The News

To put it bluntly, worker productivity in the U.S. is anemic. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that productivity dropped 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022 and 4.6 percent in the second quarter. The third quarter looked a bit better, with productivity inching up by 0.3 percent.
From the pandemic to climate change, Americans are still expected to work no matter what happens.
The Guardian
There have many cases where people have been arrested and charged for not doing their part in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus - for offences ranging from operating businesses that were supposed to be closed to not wearing face masks in public. One international Crisis Communication specialist said these breaches may be because people do not feel respected when these messages are put out.
Las Vegas Review Journal
After a yearlong wait, vaccines for COVID-19 finally are available, and most Americans’ biggest concern right now is getting vaccinated as quickly as they can.

Articles Featuring Rebecca Rice

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

UNLV communication studies professor Rebecca Rice
Research | December 10, 2020

As public health and local government officials grapple with misinformation, UNLV crisis communication researcher Rebecca Rice shares battle plan tips.