Rich Robbins is an Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and served as a behavioral sciences faculty member before moving into higher education administration and adjunct teaching for the past 15 years. Rich has developed advising programs at two separate institutions and headed advising programs at four institutions, receiving the NACADA/ACT Outstanding Institutional Advising Award in 1998 and the NACADA Research Grant Award in 1999 while at Washburn University. He has served as Chair of the Kansas Academic Advising Network, Chair of the NACADA Research Committee, Chair of the NACADA Summer Institute Advisory Board, Chair of the NACADA Assessment Institute Advisory Board, and has been a member of numerous NACADA task forces, advisory boards, and committees including the NACADA Council and NACADA Board of Directors. He was a facilitator at the first two NACADA Administrators’ Institutes, and served as a faculty member at the 2005-2012 Assessment Institutes and the 2006-2012 NACADA Summer Institutes. In addition, he served as a faculty member at the first two NACADA Research Symposia in 2009 and 2010.
Rich has over 100 presentations at professional conferences and numerous book reviews and articles. He served as editor for the 2004 NACADA monograph Giving Advice to Students: A Road Map for College Professionals, is co-author of the 2005 NACADA CD Guide to Assessment in Academic Advising as well as the 2010 revision, and authored the chapter "Evaluation and Assessment of Career Advising" in the 2009 NACADA/Jossey-Bass publication Handbook of Career Advising. He is also the author of the chapters "Generating Scholarship from Theory and Previous Research" in the 2010 NACADA Monograph #20 Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising and "Accountability and Assessment of Academic Advising" in the 2011 NACADA Monograph # 22 Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century. His most recent include "Implications of Advising Load" in the NACADA Monograph on the recent survey of advising, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Academic Advising (Almost)" in the fall 2012 edition of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, and co-author of the chapter "Assessment of Peer Advising Programs" in the forthcoming NACADA Monograph on Peer Advising. Rich is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention, a member of the NACADA Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers Service, and co-editor of the NACADA Journal. As faculty for the NACADA/KSU master’s degree program he teaches "Foundations of Academic Advising" and "Administration of Advising." In 2011, he received the Service to NACADA Award.
His areas of emphasis in academic advising include evaluation and assessment, retention, undecided students, high-achieving students, research methodology, and grant writing. Additionally, he is certified parapsychologist and a black belt in taekwondo.