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Rick Jackson was born in Ventura, California and moved to rick_jackson_1750 Arizona in 2003 for a career in law enforcement. He received an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Ventura College, and after moving to Phoenix he earned his B.S. in Criminology from Arizona State University. He also obtained an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Rick spent 13 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, the last 9 as a Parole Officer. Serving as an officer protecting the community and rehabilitating offenders was a satisfying career. It was this experience working in diverse areas of the city and contact with community services that made Rick want to become a College Instructor. “I enjoy working with people and feel everybody deserves an education. A college degree is something that everybody should be able to achieve with the proper support and encouragement”’

Currently, Rick is the AFA representative at South Mountain Community College where he teaches courses in the Administration of Justice. He teaches primarily online courses at Glendale Community College and teaches three undergrad courses during the week at Benedictine University in Mesa.

For hobbies, Rick enjoys going to college football games and riding his Harley. The rest of his time is spent with his daughter Kylie, 14, watching her volleyball games, and spending time with his three adopted sons, Elias, 9, Charlie, 8, and Xavier, 6.


Contact Information

  • Position Title: South Mountain College Representative
  • Location: South Mountain
  • E-mail address: richard.jackson@myafa.org