Ph.D. in Mass Communication – Ohio University
S.T.M. in Church History – Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
M.A. in Communication and Theology – Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
B.A. Hons. in Theology, and Media Production Arts – Valparaiso University
Cert. in Digital Video Production – New York University
Rick is originally from New York. He taught at colleges and universities in New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin for 25 years before joining the faculty of Valparaiso University, his alma mater. His research interests include religion, media, and boxing. Rick is the author of the book The Church on TV: Portrayals of Priests, Pastors, and Nuns on American Television series. He is working on a new book about boxing and martial arts ministries, which includes reflection on fictional, documentary and news media depictions of boxing, ministry and the church. He has published articles in the Journal of Religion and Media, the Journal of Religion and Film, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Journal of Radio Studies, and the Journal of Popular Film and Television. Among the courses he has taught are: basic and advanced classes in media studies and speech; digital video production and editing; horror films; the films of Alfred Hitchcock; religion and media; and the cultural history of boxing, including reflections on boxing and the media. He is developing research that examines how believers experience the sacred, The Word, via digital Bible apps, comparing this with how they experience it via the printed Bible. Rick is a boxer, weight trainer, and cyclist.