Timothy Richards, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Coordinator of Secondary Education
Office: PAC 200
Phone: (618) 537-6887
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
M.Ed., Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Illinois
M.S., Counseling, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
B.A., History, St. Mary's University of Texas
Dr. Timothy Richards is an Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education at McKendree College where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in Education. Richards has been at the college since 1997 after spending five years as a test director and consultant for the University of Iowa testing program. Under his guidance, he instituted testing programs for both public and private institutions in Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri. Before coming to McKendree, he also served as an adjunct professor at Webster University and taught social science in a secondary education setting. During his tenure he has supervised over one hundred student teachers in both secondary education and special areas. Dr. Richards serves as counselor to Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, the James Madison Fellowship Foundation, the Golden Apple Foundation, and Sigma Nu Fraternity. This year he was elected to the Graduate Faculty Council.
Dr. Richards was selected this year as President elect of Illinois Association of
Teacher Educators, an organization which supports efforts of teacher candidates, professional
P-12 faculty, and higher education faculty. He has also served on its executive council
as Legislative Chair and the annual conference planning committee. Throughout his
tenure he has made scholarly presentations at the American Association of Colleges
for Teacher Education and Association of Teacher Educators national conferences, and
both regional and state Association of Teacher Educators conferences. He also was
a panel participant at the National Congress on Education held in Washington, DC in
the fall of 2006. He has also served as a teacher education program reviewer for the
Illinois State Board of Education, a contributor and collaborator for the National
Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education college program review, textbook
reviewer of a major textbook publisher, and a grant participant in the Adventures
of the American Mind project sponsored by the Federation of Independent of Colleges
and Universities. Additional professional development projects have also included
North Central Association review team member at two institutions, chair of two faculty
search committees, faculty secretary, and Secondary Education and Title II coordinator.
He holds membership in eleven professional organizations. This past year he was elected
to Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals in Education and The Global Directory
of Who’s Who.
Professor Richards is a graduate of the former Cathedral High School in Belleville, Illinois. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1982. Richards taught history, general science, and geography in School District 189 before beginning his career in assessment and higher education. His wife Mary Ann served as a first grade teacher for thirty five years in School District. Together they have two children; Kristin (26) and Kara (23).