With a MA and Ph.D. in Education, Dick understands the intricate variables that influence the educational process. His work experience has given him an appreciation for the rapidly changing face of higher education.
With more than 30 years of military service, he also understands the global challenges confronting our senior leaders as the focus of America's National Defense Strategy shifts in order to address complex and uncertain global trends.
As an educator and curriculum developer, he understands the titanic changes the internet and technology have made within the teaching-learning transaction. He is convinced that these changes will accelerate during the next ten years and significantly alter the way we organize our educational means to achieve our educational goals.
Dick has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to understand the educational process that fosters positive habits of the heart and mind.
He has studied and taught strategic planning within military and university environments. He believes there is great merit to any future planning process that helps an organization discuss their goals for the next five-to-ten years.
Most of his pleasure reading is non-fiction; biographies and history with a dash of philosophy.
With three published books of fiction on the market, Dick continues to chase the elusive dream of writing a national best seller.
And finally, Dick has been jogging/running for pleasure & health for the past ten years. During this time, he managed to complete a few 10-milers and several half-marathons.
Dick has served as the primary writer and editor for a variety of university reports. These include progress updates and white papers that were designed to communicate with Governing Boards. Also, both institutional and program accreditation reports have been developed and successfully submitted to regional and national accreditation agencies.
While on active duty, Dick prepared numerous senior leader speeches and helped write several published journal articles. All of this communication was tailored to be delivered to members of the defense intellectual community. While working at the university, Dick has written and edited several successful grant applications.
As the primary writer and editor, Dick has written a variety of social media posts for a private company. This assignment required the development of a sequence of messages that could be used throughout the month. All of these posts included a call-to-action for the reader to consider. These messages were tailored and specifically designed to be used within LinkedIn.
As the primary writer and editor for several published journal articles, Dick has prepared future warfare essays that were designed for members of the defense intellectual community. These articles were tailored to follow each Journal's submission guidelines. Dick also served as the editor of an Anthology that assembled a collection of essays focused upon the Continuous Improvement Process (CQI) in higher education.
As a freelance writer for WriterAccess, Dick has completed several orders for web page content. These completed topics include home insurance, homebuilding, laptop computers, transmission repair for cars, and eyecare.
It is the dawn of a new century and the clarion call for Army transformation echoes through the halls of Capitol Hill. America's elected officials are somewhat divided over the developing details for an appropriate national military strategy. As the White House leadership articulates a foreign policy anchored on the guiding principles of international peace and regional stability, some members of Congress continue to question the validity of international responsibilities that most believe accompany the mantle of global leadership. The US Army, aware of its serious deficiencies as revealed during a recent conflict, has publicly established a goal to become more strategically relevant and responsive as an instrument of national power. Social, political and economic currents, both at home and abroad, have significantly altered many of the Army's established organizational norms. Within the defense community, senior military leaders debate the degree and magnitude of required change that will be necessary as the Army seeks to modernize, train, and execute its newly assigned expeditionary missions around the world.