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Joseph Richmond

Joseph Richmond, Department Chair

"My career as an educator began when I had the opportunity to teach clinical for an instructor that went to a conference. I loved it from day one, and I knew that I wanted to continue to influence future nurses to be the best they could be and to do the best they could do for their patients."

Degrees Held:

  • Doctor of Law and Policy – Northeastern University, Boston, 2019
  • Master of Public Administration – Arkansas State University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts – Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, 2006

Career Highlights:

  • Multiple nominations for student advising awards
  • Service to the community, college and university committees, including time as a faculty senator
  • Multiple grant awards
  • Collaboration with students and faculty from across the university on various projects

In which online degree program do you teach?

Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Why did you start teaching?

I learned early on that a life of service to others is a life well-lived; teaching is my way of passing along a passion for service.

What advice would you give to those considering this program?

Set goals but be prepared to be flexible when life happens. We are here to help you every step of the way, whatever those steps may be. Achieving an education is the ultimate goal.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

I'm not certain that I can suggest a single book. Communication, both written and oral, are critical skills for most any profession, especially emergency management. I'd recommend "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King to help with written communication.

Tell us something your students may not know about you.

I have taken a very non-traditional path into teaching and academia, with my career beginning as a practitioner.

What do you want students to learn in your class(es)?

I want students to learn and refine their analytical skills that will be useful in their life and career long after the minute details of a particular class are forgotten. I also want students to know that they should never discount the opportunities they are presented, no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time; you never know how seemingly small opportunities will lead to big things.

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