Rick McCown, Ph. D., is Professor of Education in the Department of Foundations and Leadership in Duquesne University's School of of Education. He is currently on sabbatical after serving for two years as the Interim Dean of Education at Duquesne. He was Chair of the Department of Foundations and Leadership from 1991-2000 and served as Co-Director of CASTL from from 1998-2003. He teaches undergraduate educational psychology and graduate courses and seminars in the area of teaching and learning and in research methods. He has received several university teaching awards, including the 1994 President's Award for Excellence and a Creative Teaching Award. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Society of Teaching Scholars in 1995. He is the author three textbooks on educational psychology and is currently working on a fourth. He served as editor for the educational psychology section of the Encyclopedia of
Applied Psychology (2004). His research has always focused on the teaching-learning process, including how educational leadership operates as a teaching function. His most recent work focuses on teaching-learning processes in higher education including the study of teacher education, the consequences of high-stakes evaluation of teaching-such as tenure and promotion processes-and doctoral preparation of the next generation of university teachers.