Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Chief Academic Officer, Prescott CampusRichard W. Bloom, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer
Prescott Campus

Richard Bloom was named chief academic officer of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus in Arizona in 2013. He is also a professor of psychology, intellectual history, and security/intelligence studies. In previous positions at Embry-Riddle, he was department chair of social sciences (1998) and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (2000).

As chief academic officer, he oversees all faculty, staff, and student matters affecting teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. His responsibilities include managing the appointment, evaluation, management, and promotion of faculty; the development and assessment of curricula; the development and growth of research, scholarship, and academic-related grants and contracts; academic outreach to government, industry, mass media, and other universities; academic budgeting and infrastructure; and integration of all campus activities for lifelong, total student development.  

He also oversees the academic deans and colleges, Hazy Library & Learning Center, records and registration, disability support services, the undergraduate research institute and student innovation centers, the development and application of education technology, and all matters bearing on accreditation. He works with the president, other university officers, campus office directors, and faculty to provide strategic direction for the university.

Before joining Embry-Riddle, Bloom worked for the U.S. government as an intelligence operations manager, intelligence analyst, psychological operations and special planner, and military clinical psychologist.

He is past-president of the Military Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) and contributing editor to the APA review journal PsycCRITIQUES; fellow of the Society of Personality Assessment; chairman of the Aviation Security & Emergency Management Committee of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board; past-appointee of the Governor of Arizona's Homeland Security Coordinating Council; diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology; and member of the Association for Intelligence Officers.

Bloom’s research and consulting interests include intelligence and security systems; profiling; deception detection; threat, vulnerability, and risk assessment; terrorism, antiterrorism, and counterterrorism; intelligence collection and analysis, covert action, and counterintelligence; personnel security; the psychology of information warfare; critiques of post-modernism in the contexts of hermeneutics, psychological assessment, and historical, biographical, and autobiographical narrative; and the review of films.

He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University, an M.A. in psychology from the New School for Social Research, and a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University.