About Me

Portrait of Richard Thripp, 2019-02-10

My name is Richard Xichao Thripp. My middle name, pronounced “see chow,” is my Chinese grandfather’s name. Thripp is also an unusual name, and is the result of my father being dissatisfied with his last name and changing it to a name he happened upon and preferred, before I was born.

I was born in and presently live in Orange City, FL area. I am 28 years old and recently completed my Education Ph.D. at University of Central Florida (Instructional Design & Technology track). My wife Kristy and I have a baby boy named Ricky who is 10 months old (as of December 2019).

At UCF, my main focus was on financial literacy research. I have a separate website for my financial and investor education writings: Tippyfi.com, which is a play on words of “typify” and FI for financial independence, and is also named after my wife’s cat, Tippy. I previously completed an M.A. in Applied Learning & Instruction and a B.S. in Psychology at UCF. I have over two years experience teaching EME 2040: Introduction to Technology for Educators at UCF, and am continuing to teach as an adjunct instructor in Spring 2020. Click here to view my curriculum vitae.

I have advanced expertise copy-editing including APA style. In 2018 I worked as an editor of Handbook of Research on Emerging Practices and Methods for K–12 Online and Blended Learning, published in January 2019 by IGI Global.

Photography and piano have been important to me since 2004 and 2001, respectively. I enjoy photographing and editing nature, events, and people. I also enjoy learning new popular songs on the piano and refining my skills on traditional pieces.

I have a passion for writing, particularly about psychological, philosophical, and personal development issues. Starting with my Master’s studies I took an interest in financial literacy education, and was also interested in mindsets for a while. In 2019 I began writing about climate change.

I joined Port Orange Toastmasters in July 2014, and gave 27 speeches, completing my Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, Advanced Leader Bronze, and Advanced Communicator Bronze awards. I was the President of Port Orange Toastmasters for the 2015-07-01 / 2016-06-30 terms and Treasurer for the 2016-07-01 / 2017-06-30 terms. In July 2017 I discontinued participation in Toastmasters to focus on doctoral work.

Richard Thripp, Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Univ. of Central Fla., December 2019
Master of Arts, Applied Learning & Instruction, Univ. of Central Fla., May 2016
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Univ. of Central Fla., May 2014
Associate of Arts with Honors, Daytona State College, May 2011, Phi Theta Kappa
Adjunct Faculty, University of Central Florida, Spring 2020
Graduate Teaching Associate, University of Central Florida, 2017–2019
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Central Florida, 2016–2017
Secretary of UCF Student Laureates of STEM Teaching & Learning, 2016–2017
Recipient of the Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, Univ. of Central Fla., 2016–2017
Recipient of the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholars Award, 2007–2014
Recipient of the Dana Rodman Tiffany Scholarship, Daytona State College, 2011
Recipient of the James Fentress Scholarship, Daytona State College, 2007–2008
Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Bronze Award, May 23, 2016
Toastmasters Advanced Leader Bronze Award, February 10, 2016
Toastmasters Competent Leader Award, February 2, 2016
Toastmasters Competent Communicator Award, July 29, 2015
Toastmasters Triple Crown Award, 2015–2016
Toastmasters League of Volunteers Award, 2015–2016
Toastmasters Club Ambassador Award, 2015–2016
Treasurer of Port Orange Toastmasters, 2016–2017
President of Port Orange Toastmasters, 2015–2016
Vice President Membership of Port Orange Toastmasters, April 22–June 30, 2016
Writer of the Toastmasters District 84, Area 74 Newsletter, January–June 2016

This page was revised on 2019-12-15.