Dr. Rick Arrowood is a distinguished leader with over three decades in nonprofit organizations and global leadership, holding positions in academia, organizational leadership, and consulting. He is a former Associate Professor at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies and now an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University D'Amore-McKim School of Business. He has taught global leadership on four continents and holds Visiting Professor appointments at Vietnam National International University (Ho Chi Minh City, VN) and Swinburne University (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). He is an Academic Contributor at the University of Economics and Finance (Ho Chi Minh City, VN).


  • LPD Doctor of Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University
  • JD, Massachusetts School of Law
  • BS Human Resource Management, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Awards and Recognition

He received a Governor's Citation recognizing his work envisioning, securing funding and implementing the nation's first-ever registry for people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease).

Selected Publications

His research appears in peer-reviewed academic journals, including “Setting the Stage for ‘Good, Better, or Just Right' in Online and Blended Graduate Courses” appearing in Open Praxis, 6, No. 4, a publication of the International Council for Open and Distance Education, with co-authors, in 2019. His recent doctoral thesis titled “The Suit Must Fit: How Exploring the Transformational Experiences of Graduate Professional Studies Faculty Transitioning to Online Instruction Can Inform Higher Education Policy on Online Teaching” was published on  Proquest in 2020. This study informed the development of model approaches for faculty transformation to online teaching and learning that account for self-directed learning, transformative experiences, and new evolving skill sets. Other relevant work-in-progress include:

  • Arrowood, R. & Kampits, E. (2020) (In publication) “Taking the Distance Out of Distance Education: Engaging Students in Collaborative Online Learning”Routledge Part 2: Universities Reshaping Teaching and Learning Through ICT Use in Different National Contexts
  • (2020-2022) Leadership in Laotian Culture: A Research Study of Small-to-Medium Sized Family Enterprises Rethinking, Reforming, & Repositioning Their Roles in the Global Economy,” (Akhamontri, K., Lao Academy of Social Sciences, Arrowood, R.)

Selected Presentations

  • Boston, MA, Jun. 2021, Northeastern University, Doctor of Law and Policy program, Moderator: “Leading Change: From Evaluation Research to Thesis to Real-World Policy Making”
  • St. Louis, MO, Apr. 2019, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) “Are We Reaching Our Potential: A conversation across genders, cultures, and stereotypes”
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nov. 2017, Presenter, University of Finance and Marketing (Truong Dai Hoc Tai Chinh), “Personality Preferences and Their Impact on Leadership Development”
  • Baltimore, MD, Jun. 2017, Keynote Speaker and Facilitator, Boys and Girls Club of America, National Office, Advancing Philanthropy Workshop, “Thinking Big: Uncovering Your Leadership Potential Through Service”
  • The Hague, Netherlands, Dec. 2016, Presenter, European Conference on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), The Hague University of Applied Sciences, “Developing, Designing, Delivering a Collaborative Online International Learning Course”