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Professor Richard Leith

Office: DH - 141
Phone: 443-518-1000 x7016

Rick Leith began teaching at HCC in 1990 as an adjunct faculty member. A Maryland native, Rick spent time in the US Air Force as a Korean linguist, after which he returned to school and received his Bachelor's degree in English from UMBC and his Master's degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. After a career in electronics distribution management, Rick began teaching full-time in 2008. He teaches a variety of developmental writing, composition, and literature courses. He excels at connecting and inspiring students, faculty, and staff. His dedication is evident in the many projects he takes on, including as co-leader of “alternative break” student service learning trips to Memphis, Dominican Republic, New York City, and border communities near San Diego, as an active participant/facilitator in First-Year Experience faculty learning communities, as a Step-Up coach, and as co-coordinator of ENGL121.

Both within and beyond the classroom, Rick provides students with creative and innovative learning experiences, including writing projects on Columbia and Merriweather Post Pavilion enabling students to master course objectives while contributing to the local history archives, engaging students in a variety of service learning opportunities and the Howard County Book Connection project, and organizing celebrations for National Poem in Your Pocket Day and Celebrate Your Right to Read, HCC’s observance of Banned Books Week. He incorporates First Year Experience philosophies into his classes and utilizes a variety of approaches to celebrate the diversity of the HCC student body in the classroom.

Rick was named HCC’s 2010-2011 Outstanding Faculty of the Year.

Courses Taught:


  • B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • M.A., University of Maryland at College Park