At Griffith he is the Program Lead of Science on the GO! and the Griffith Science Education Alliance – Griffith’s science outreach programs. He is also the Project Lead for the Queensland STEM Education Network – a consortium of Queensland universities working with local schools to improve science learning outcomes for school students.
Richard is a Queensland Science Champion, a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the recipient of several prestigious awards for his contributions to science and science education, including:. two Australian Awards for University Teaching; Australia’s; Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award; the Australian Science Teachers’ Association Award for Service to Science Education; the Queensland Science Teachers Association Medal for Excellence in Science Education; the RACI Award for Chemical Education (Qld); the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science and Science Education; and the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship Award.
He is the author of 60 international peer-reviewed research papers, the author of an undergraduate chemistry textbook and was the inaugural Director of the national science education program, Science by Doing, on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science.
More recently, Richard has worked closely with P&Cs Qld and Rotary Australia to develop two Early Reader Book Series based on the characters Suzie the Scientist and Millie the Mathematician. These books are designed as home readers or as in-class guided readers and align closely to the Australian Curriculum in Science and Mathematics.
He is the father of a six-year old and a seven-year old attending Oxenford Sate School – they are also the inspiration for Suzie the Scientist and Millie the Mathematician.