Robert F. Rich, PhD

Title: Law Educator
Company: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Location: Urbana, Illinois, United States

Robert F. Rich, PhD, Law Educator at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.

Dr. Rich became involved in his profession because he was inspired by Donald T. Campbell, who helped him get a teaching fellowship. He was a prolific writer and very much involved with empirical data. Dr. Rich was involved in a verity of fields, psychology, political science, medicine, and law, becoming particularly interested in health and mental health policy and law. Donald T. Campbell was a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University just up the road from The University of Chicago. He was the professor of one of Dr. Rich’s undergraduate professors who referred Dr. Rich to work with him. In addition, what lead him to choose his career was his work with several professors along with his work at The University of Chicago. Dr. Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts in government with honors from Oberlin College in 1971. From 1971 to 1972, Dr. Rich took coursework at the Free University of Berlin. He then went to The University of Chicago receiving a Master of Arts in political science in 1973 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1975.

The highlight of Dr. Rich’s career was when he was in Washington, D.C. and started to pursue the field of health and mental health policy, which he had not done before. He wound up being influential for the rest of his career. Dr. Rich started his career at the University of Michigan in 1975 as a project director and assistant research scientist at the Center for Research on Utilization Science Knowledge and the Institute for Social Research and as a lecturer for the Department of Political Science until 1976. In 1976, he started working with Princeton University as an assistant professor of politics and public affairs and a coordinator for the Domestic and Urban Policy Field for the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs, remaining until 1982. From there, he joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1982 as an assistant professor staying until 1986. In 1986, Dr. Rich began his career with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign holding the positions of director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, acting head of the Medical Humanities and Social sciences Programs and professor, remaining until he retired in 2012. As a testament to his success, Dr. Rich is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in America.

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