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RV Rikard

  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Doctoral Candidate
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina Department of Sociology & Anthropology
  • 6PublicationsNumber of items in RV's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 3Followers


R.V. Rikard is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at North Carolina State University. R.V.’s areas of substantive concentration are Medical Sociology and Rural/Community Sociology and his research interests include health disparities, medical care for institutional populations, community context and health, aging and the life course, and health literacy. He has been fortunate to work with colleagues and publish in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, Women and Criminal Justice, Journal of Correctional Healthcare, and the Journal for the National Grant Management Association. Presently, the focus of his research is the emerging concept of health literacy. In short, health literacy refers to the social interaction to access/gather health information, understand the information, evaluate the information, and use the information to make daily health related decisions that engage and empower action. Specifically, R.V.’s Dissertation research employs the fundamental social causes framework to examine the relationship, if any, between health literacy and disparities in health outcomes. From 2003 to 2007, RV was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at North Carolina State University where he taught Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems in America, Criminology, and facilitated the first Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program in North Carolina. In addition to his academic training and research, R.V. was a Grant Development Coordinator for the Wake County Public School System. In this capacity, he assisted teachers and administrators to locate grant funding, developed and managed grant projects for several federal, state, and private grants. R.V. remains active in the world of Grantsmanship as a member of the Grant Information Network (GIN) in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area. The knowledge and skills as a Grant Development Coordinator led R.V. serve as the Grants Administrator for the North Carolina Board of Science & Technology. R.V.'s primary duties include administration of the North Carolina Green Business Fund and the One NC Small Business Program. Established in 2007 by the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Green Business Fund is the first competitive grant program to grow the green economy in North Carolina. R.V. spent a considerable amount of time managing projects, unifying the grants delivery process, conducting procedural research, developing documentation, databases, and procedures, and ensuring grantee budget and project compliance. After two successful years as Grant Administrator, R.V. joined the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center as Senior Associate for Research. R.V.’s duties included development of an annual research agenda that reflects priority rural issues and emerging opportunities in partnership with center leadership; developing survey research questions/instruments as well as sampling frames, weights, and delivery method. Conduct reviews and critique/facilitate think aloud sessions to refine survey instruments for survey research projects funded by the Rural Center. Create and maintain an economic and social profile of rural North Carolina, showing critical trends over time and highlighting challenges and opportunities. Serve as a daily resource for lead staff, providing quick and accurate data to support the policy and program activities. In collaboration with the Director of Research and Innovation, develop a protocol for design, documentation and evaluation of Rural Center research initiatives. Conduct Rural Center based research on projects, advise colleagues on their research projects and engage/collaborate with outside researchers as needed on identified topics. R.V. left the Rural Center in the Spring of 2010 to complete his doctoral work at North Carolina State University. RV is a native of Black Mountain, North Carolina; however, he has always felt that Boone, NC is his home. RV earned a B.S. in Anthropology and M.A. in Social Science from Appalachian State University. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

Recent publications

  • The strength of strong ties for older rural adults: regional distinctions in the relationship between social interaction and subjective well-being.

    • Mair C
    • Thivierge-Rikard R
  • Advancing Innovation in North Carolina: An Innovation Framework for Competing and Prospering in the Interconnected Global Economy

    • Hardin J
    • Saunders R
    • Kwon S
    • et al.

Professional experience

Doctoral Candidate

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina Department of Sociology & Anthropology

August 2003 - Present

Senior Associate for Research

North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center Office of Research & Innovation

April 2009 - April 2010(a year)

Grants Administrator-Social/Clinical Research Specialist

North Carolina Department of Commerce North Carolina Board of Science & Technology

February 2008 - April 2009(a year)

Grant Development Coordinator

Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Grants Administration & Compliance

July 2007 - February 2008(7 months)

Research & Policy Associate

North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission

January 2006 - May 2007(a year)

Graduate Teaching Assistant

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina Department of Sociology & Anthropology

August 2003 - May 2007(4 years)

Research Analyst

Research Triangle Institute International

May 2005 - August 2005(3 months)


Expected PhD in Dec 2011

Department of Sociology & Anthropology/North Carolina State University

August 2003 - Present

MASS Sociology/Criminal Justice

Department of Sociology/Appalachian State University

August 1999 - December 2000(a year)

BS Anthropology

Department of Anthropology/Appalachian State University

May 1994 - May 1998(4 years)

Michigan State University

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