Profile: Rick McCown
Rick McCown is Professor of Education and the Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in Mission at Duquesne University. He earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at Indiana University where he received the Maris and Mary Higgins Proffitt Award for the Outstanding Dissertation and, more recently, an Outstanding Alumni Award. At Duquesne he has served as Department Chair and Interim Dean. He has also served as Duquesne’s Principal Investigator for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and as a Senior Improvement Research Fellow for CPED. He has published ten books focused on the teaching-learning process that have been adopted by universities in over 40 countries. He is engaged in public scholarship with colleagues in the Duquesne Collective Action Network–focused on building capacity with community stakeholders for educational equity and improvement inquiry–and the Elsinore-Bennu Think Tank–a cross-sector collaborative focused on restorative justice and disrupting and improving the systems that produce incarceration and unacceptable levels of recidivism. At Duquesne, he has received awards for teaching, research, and service, including and his university’s highest teaching award: the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.