Rick Wetherill, Ph.D.

Center for Interdisciplinary Learning and Leadership
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
PO Box 26901, TC 342
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: 580-310-5709
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: January 17, 2012

Rick Wetherill

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: UCEDD Partner - East Central University
Discipline(s): Psychology
Sociology, Evaluation Research, Organizational Development, Adult Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Evaluation Research, Attitude & Behavioral Research, Rural Development, Social Impact Analysis, Management Analysis
Education: B.A.: Sociology, East Central University
M.S.: Social Psychology, Texas A&M University, Commerce
Ph.D.: Evaluation Research (Adult & Extension Education), Texas A&M University
Service: 32 years of Federal Service (Extension Service, Forest Service, Rural Development)
6 years as Director of Continuing Education, ECU
5 years as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, ECU







G. Richard Wetherill, Ph.D.


Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Executive Director, The Center of Continuing Education and Community Services

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)





East Central State College, Ada, OK B.A. 1971 Sociology

East Texas State University, Commerce, TX M.S.. 1973 Sociology

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Ph.D. 1977 Adult & Extension Education

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR None 2000 Public Administration

A. Positions and Honors




1972-1973 Assistant Instructor, Department of Sociology, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX.

1973-1974 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Rural Sociology, Texas A&M University.

1974-1976 Extension Assistant, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, College Station, TX.

1976-1977 Research Associate, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, College Station, TX.

1977-1982 Research Sociologist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Starkville, MS.

1978-1983 Adjunct Associate Professor, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville.

1983-1984 Editor, Southern Rural Sociology, Volume 1.

1984-1986 Program Analyst, Civil Rights Staff, USDA Forest Service Headquarters, Washington, DC.

1986-1988 Management Analyst, Office of Management Planning and Analysis, USDA Forest Service Headquarters, Washington, DC.

1988-1992 Sociologist, Regional Forest Planning, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region, Portland, OR.

1992-1994 Deputy Regional Director for Strategy, Southwest Region, USDA Rural Development Administration, Levelland, TX.

1994-2005 Director, Empowerment Programs Division, USDA Rural Development, Washington, DC

1999-1999 Congressional Fellowship, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, NY-26, Washington, DC

2005-Present Executive Director, Center of Continuing Education and Community Services, East Central University, Ada, OK.

2006-Present Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies, East Central University, Ada, OK.


Other Experience and Professional Membership

2006 - Present Voting Member, University Economic Development Association



1973 - 2002 Member, Rural Sociological Society

1974 - 1988 Member, Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists

1977 - 1988 Evaluation Research Society

1985-1986 President, Southern Rural Sociological Association

1993 - 1994 Natural Resources Instructor, New Mexico Economic Development Institute.

1997 - 2005 Smithsonian Local Associate

2005 - Present Association for Continuing Higher Education

2005 - Present Learning Education Resources Network



2011 Oklahoma Governor's Commendation for Outstanding Workforce Contributions

1999 Graduate, Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, USDA Graduate School.

1999 Congressional Fellowship

2000 Secretary's Group Honor Award of Excellence for Development of the Benchmark Management System.

2000 Certificate of Executive Qualification, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

B. Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order).

"Build a 12-Click Briefing Book on Any EZ/EC Community" TechNote Pro #4 (November 2004), USDA Rural Development



"Empowerment Holds Key to Rural Revitalization." Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy 10 (No. 4): 117-120. 1997.

Trendlines. Publisher/Editor from Volume 1, No. 1 (August 1989) through Volume 4, No. 8 (August 1992). Peak readership - 20,000.

"The Pilot's Return: Episode Two of the Pilot Parables." Portland, OR: Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region. 3 pages. 1990.

"The Pilot's Magic: A Parable for Our Time." Milwaukee, WI: Forest Service Eastern Region. 2 pages. 1986.

"New Traditions: Retrospective and Prospective" (Presidential Address). Southern Rural Sociology 3: 95-98. 1985.

Approaches to Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mass Media Forest Fire Prevention Programs. Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State Univ., Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Sociology Research Report Series 83-3. 28 pages. 1983. (With Frank M. Howell and Arthur G. Cosby). Southern Rural Sociology 1. Editor. 1983.

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