Curiosity Expert: Robert W. Ridel

posted: 08/27/12
Robert Ridel, University of Phoenix
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Robert Ridel, University of Phoenix
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Dr. Ridel possesses an educational and business history that spans more than three decades. He was schooled in the social sciences (sociology, psychology) and received specialized training in conflict sociology and behavioral psychology. Robert's academic background also includes solid exposure to the humanities, including studies in history, culture, ethics, philosophy, and (his passion) critical thinking. He earned his degrees, including his Ph.D., through the University of California system.

Dr. Ridel is currently the Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Phoenix, which was his occupational home for more than 10 years as Area Chair and Lead Faculty. He served as Lecturer and Department Chair at various universities across the United States and overseas in Europe and Asia. In addition, Robert was associated with the National Institutes of Health (Research Fellow, Laboratory of Brain Evolution and Behavior) and the United Nations (Field Observer, Africa). He was also the Founder and President of a business management and career consulting firm that worked with companies to become more profitable, as well as professionals to manage and advance in their careers. Although Robert has occupied various positions in his professional life, his primary interests continue to be focused on the field of educational administration and helping students proceed through their programs of study and develop within their chosen career paths.


  • Ph.D. (Sociology), University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. (Sociology), University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A. (Psychology), University of California, Santa Barbara
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