Rich Stowell is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah studying Communication, a graduate teaching assistant, and a Fellow at the Center for Communication and Community.
In 2014, Rich took leave from the doctoral program to serve overseas as a US Army Soldier in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Five years earlier, he deployed with the 40th Infantry Division in support of NATO in Kosovo. In the Balkans, he served as Video Section Chief in the Public Affairs office for the largest multi-national task force base.
He earned a B.A. in History, as well as a Secondary Teaching Credential, from California State University, East Bay. He then earned an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Western Governors University.
Rich began teaching high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. After his first deployment deployment, he returned to the classroom at a charter high school in Richmond and taught teacher education at the University of San Francisco.
Among his research interests are issues of communication in combat among modern American military forces, team conflict, and the presentation of counterinsurgency doctrine. He is currently a Sergeant First Class serving in the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Utah Army National Guard.
Aside from his various teaching and research activities, Rich writes as a hobby. He authors "My Public Affairs," a military blog, and has published three books including, Nine Weeks: A Teacher’s Education in Army Basic Training, and Tunnel Club.
Rich lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and three children.