The 2016-2017 academic year marked a transition in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABSS). In January, Dr. Robert “Bob” Rider accepted the temporary appointment as the Interim Dean of CHABSS. He joined CSUSM in 1992. Dr. Rider is Professor of Economics. He is a respected colleague within the College and across the University with the administrative experience and skills needed to support the excellent initiatives and programs in CHABSS. Dr. Rider’s management experience includes appointments as Department Chair, Program Director, Interim General Education Coordinator, Interim Associate Dean for Budgeting and Scheduling (College of Arts and Sciences), and Interim Assistant Vice President for Faculty Affairs.
Professor Rider holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph. D. from the University of Southern California. Employing game theoretical analysis, his primary scholarship is in the area of the economics of conflict, with implications for questions of war, sports and institutions. With more than thirty years of teaching, he is also engaged in pedagogical innovation in the classroom.