College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Dean Rich Robbins is the academic Dean for all junior and senior students. He serves that same role for international Teaching Assistants and non-degree seeking "special" students. In addition, he is a member of 6 Bucknell committees, including the Composition Council, the Committee on Athletics, the Assessment Committee, the Advising Committee, the Academic Board of Review Committee, and the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, as well as several campus-wide work groups and task forces.
A native of nearby Bloomsburg, Dean Robbins received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and served as a behavioral sciences faculty member before moving into higher education administration and adjunct teaching since 1996. He has developed academic advising programs at two separate institutions and headed advising programs at four institutions, receiving the NACADA/ACT Outstanding Institutional Advising Award in 1998 while at Washburn University and the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Research Grant Award in 1999. He has served as Chair of the Kansas Academic Advising Network, Chair of the NACADA Research Committee, Chair of the NACADA Summer Institute Advisory Board, Chair of the NACADA Assessment Institute Advisory Board, and has been a member of numerous NACADA task forces, advisory boards, and committees including the NACADA Council and NACADA Executive Board of Directors. He was a facilitator at the first two NACADA Administrators' Institutes, and served as a faculty member at the 2005-2013 Assessment Institutes and the 2006-2013 NACADA Summer Institutes. In addition, he served as a faculty member at the first two NACADA Research Symposia in 2009 and 2010.
Dean Robbins has over 130 presentations at professional conferences and numerous book reviews and articles. He served as editor for the 2004 NACADA monograph Giving Advice to Students: A Road Map for College Professionals, is co-author of the 2005 NACADA CD Guide to Assessment in Academic Advising as well as the 2010 revision, and authored the chapter "Evaluation and Assessment of Career Advising" in the 2009 NACADA/Jossey-Bass publication Handbook of Career Advising. He is also the author of the chapter "Generating Scholarship from Theory and Previous Research" in the 2010 NACADA Monograph Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising and "Accountability and Assessment of Academic Advising" in the 2011 NACADA Monograph Advising Administration. His most recent publications include "Implications of Advising Load" in the 2012 NACADA Monograph based on the 2011 National Survey of Academic Advising, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Academic Advising (Almost)" in the fall 2012 edition of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, and co-author of the chapter "Assessment of Peer Advising Programs" in the forthcoming NACADA Monograph on Peer Advising.
Dean Robbins is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention, a member of the NACADA Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers Service, and is co-editor of the peer-reviewed NACADA Journal. In 2011 he received the "Service to NACADA Award." As faculty for the NACADA/KSU master's degree program in academic advising, he teaches "Foundations of Academic Advising" and "Administration of Advising." His areas of emphasis in academic advising include evaluation and assessment, retention, undecided students, high-achieving students, research methodology, and grant writing. And, by the way, he is a black belt in taekwondo and a certified parapsychologist. His annual October presentation titled "Ghosts and Hauntings: Decide for Yourself" attracts hundreds of students and community members every year.