College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences Faculty

Richard Reardon, Ph.D.
rreardon@uidaho.edu, 208.292.2523

Biography:

Richard Reardon grew up in an Air Force family, and spent his formative years in Air Force communities around the world until his father retired in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Reardon attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his B.A. with majors in Anthropology and Psychology. After a couple of years of working at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital in the Psychiatric Emergency Unit, he returned to school at the University of Georgia, earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with co-majors in Social and Cognitive Psychology.
Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Reardon joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. He held various positions of responsibility at OU, including Vice-Chair of the Department and Director of the Doctoral Program, membership in the OU Faculty Senate, and appointment to the Executive Committee of the College of Liberal Studies. In recognition of his teaching skills, Reardon was named an OU Associates’ Distinguished Lecturer in 1987. He was also a winner of the Continuing Education New Course Development Award, the OU General Education Teaching Award, and was a multiple nominee for the Burlington Northern Teaching Award.

Over the years, Dr. Reardon’s research efforts have resulted in the publication of numerous journal articles and book chapters in social psychology, cognitive psychology, organizational behavior, and marketing.

In 1998, Dr. Reardon accepted an offer to serve as Chair of the Department of Psychology & Communication Studies at the University of Idaho (by many measures, the largest academic department at the University). During his two terms as chair, the department’s student numbers doubled, the Communication Studies major was added, and a distance education program was crafted that accounts for over a quarter of all distance enrollments at UI. In 2008, Dr. Reardon was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, responsible for all college programs online and north of Moscow. He continues to hold an appointment as a Professor of Psychology at UI, and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches courses in organizational behavior and workplace relations at UI-CdA and on military bases around the world as a military sub-contractor.