Rick Althaus joined the Department in 1980. His two main areas of emphasis are public administration and public policy. He has an undergraduate degree in agriculture, and much of his research and writing has dealt with agricultural policies and politics. His textbook chapter on Missouri state agricultural policy is found in Missouri Government and Politics, published by the University of Missouri Press. He teaches public administration and public personnel administration at the graduate level, and also advises students in the department's Master of Science in Administration program. He enjoys working with students outside the classroom, and has advised several student organizations in recent years, including the Political Science Club, the Model United Nations group, and the College Democrats. He is active in local and state political party activities. He is a former Chairperson of the Department, is a longtime an current member of the Faculty Senate, and has been active in the university's quality improvement movement as well as several other campus committees. He supervises the Department's internship program in the Missouri General Assembly in Jefferson City.