Richard J. Mihans II earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Teacher Education and Development. Prior to coming to Tulane University, he was an Associate Professor of Education at Elon University in North Carolina. Dr. Mihans has been an educator at the elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. He believes that teaching is not just about planning meaningful learning experiences, but also about making personal connections with students. His research interests include best practices in literacy instruction, social studies education, teacher retention and satisfaction, and critical/social issues in education.