Dr. Rick Vanosdall
PROFESSOR AND INTERIM DEAN COE, MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
Rick Vanosdall currently serves the Middle Tennessee State University community as a Professor (since 2008) and the Interim Dean of the College of Education (as of July 1, 2020). He started his professional public education service as a teacher in high schools in Mesa Public Schools (1984-1999) before moving into leadership roles in the District Office (1999-2003). In 2003, Rick moved to the Arizona K-12 Center (AZ Governor’s Office/Northern Arizona University, 2003-2005). Then, in 2005 he moved to the Nashville area to serve the Tennessee State University community within the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs (2005-2008).
Rick grew up in Lansing, Michigan where he attended public schools. He discovered his passion for teaching and learning as a summer camp counselor in 1978, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Education from Michigan State University in 1984. After moving to Arizona, he earned his Master’s (1988) and Doctoral (2004) Degrees at Arizona State University. Rick lives in the Nashville area with his life partner since 1984, Kim. Kim retired in June 2020 from teaching high school students after 41 years in the classroom. Kim and Rick have two adult children. Rick feels most “at home” with family and in the out-of-doors.