Dr. Richard NeSmith formerly served as Dean of Education at North Greenville University and Professor of Science, Technology, and Brain-based Learning prior to joining Jones International University, where he greatly enjoys teaching online. He has served as Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Education at Eastern Illinois University and Lake Erie College. He is currently the middle school editor for the IL-STA Journal, Spectrum, and serves on editorial and review boards for Science Scope, The American Biology Teacher, National Middle School Journal, Scientific Journals International, the Journal of Teaching with Compassion, Competence, and Commitment, and the Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina. He taught secondary science for nine years, here and abroad (Australia), and has taught in higher education since 2001.
Richard has authored/co-authored more than thirty peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, monographs and several chapters for textbooks. His research focus includes science education, brain-based learning, classroom environment and improving student achievement. He consults and reviews textbooks for Prentice-Hall and McGraw-Hill, and is presently working on a graduate textbook on learning. He served as the vice-president of the IL-ACEI for three years while co-advising the EIU Student Chapter; and, recently co-founded a new SC-ASCD Student Chapter. He has been the recipient of several awards, including Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who Among Teachers and Who’s Who in America.