Yes, I got my Ph.D. from the English Dept. at Wayne State University, but no, I have no idea who Jeff Rice is. He must have been hired after I left.
Jeff Rice, for those of you who don't know, wrote a piece for IHE that got a lot of pseudonymous bloggers angry. All I know is that Rice must be a time traveller, because he stole this post from me, yet managed to steal it 3 days before I wrote it.