Academic: Rich is a Communication Studies scholar whose research has been published in scholarly journals and books, and he presents regularly at local, regional, and national conferences. He is the author of the textbooks Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies and Communication in the Real World, published by Flat World.
Educator: Rich has been recognized for teaching excellence by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, Eastern Illinois University, and the Rocky Mountain Communication Association. His philosophy of education is guided by the notion that the classroom is an entree to critical thinking, which prepares students to be engaged citizens who work for the public good.
Consultant: Rich has worked with non-profit organizations and social service providers on various topics related to diversity and communication, and is available to consult with organizations and businesses.
Engaged Citizen: Much of Rich's research is related to social justice and community building so being active in his communities is an important part of modeling the behaviors about which he writes and teaches.
Rich is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, where he also serves as Basic Course Director, supervising the instruction of dozens of sections of Introduction to Speech Communication each semester.
Rich has a Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies with a concentration in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver; and a M.A. in Speech Communication, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.