Faculty Spotlight: Bobby Ricks, J.D.

Bobby Ricks, J.D. is an adjunct professor at eastern Kentucky University. He teaches legal courses and criminal investigation in fire science. His areas of expertise are legal issues in the area of criminal law and procedure, and criminal investigation. He also has experience in physical security.

Why did you choose this field?

When I was in training, I had a legal instructor who told us what we CAN'T do. I thought I would like to teach people what we CAN do. When I took my first job in training, I strove to connect with my students, making the learning experience more dynamic, and applying practical experience with academic learning.

What are the highlights of teaching?

My highlights of teaching are when you see a student "turn the corner" and understand the concepts and values you teach. I tell my students there are two times they will learn: once in the classroom and once years later when they have that moment they think, "Now I know what they meant back in college."

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I work with my church organizing and coordinating special events. All of my children are now grown and out of the house, so my wife and I plan to take some trips.

Published on October 01, 2013