Rick is interested in comparing the history and current structure of the institution of education in China to that in the US and globally. Starting with the big themes of neoliberalism and the Western enlightenment project, he seeks to discover how China’s very different history and philosophical traditions – especially the stunning emergence of “new neo-Confucianism” – has shaped and will shape the rapidly evolving Chinese institution in measurable contrast to the institution elsewhere.
Rick’s work has crossed all levels of education, from teaching Chinese and headmastering, starting at an independent school for gifted children (PK-12), through supervising student teachers in the difficult world of Buffalo, NY public schools, to university teaching and project management. He began serious study of Comparative Education at the Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education at SUNY, Buffalo. Rick worked as an early-childhood educator before and into undergraduate college, where he started as a physics major but eventually turned toward Chinese classical literature. More recently, He was the Information Technology manager for Catholic Charities across the 15 counties of the Rochester, NY Diocese. This work involved moving from nothing to a fully industry-standard linked Wide Area Network among nearly 100 office addresses, and a whole lot of teaching. In Rick’s “day job” he organizes programs for hundreds of Chinese educators who come to Cal State Fullerton each year to learn about American educational practice.
MEd, Comparative Education, SUNY Buffalo
BA, Chinese Literature, Yale University