Faculty and Faculty Counselor
Larry Polk began counseling and teaching Human Development at Richland College in 1972, when the college opened. He has taught Sociology, Leadership Behavior, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Frameworks, Student Success and Speech Communications and provides personal, academic, career and crisis counseling to students, staff and faculty.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology and a master’s degree in student personnel and guidance with an emphasis in counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce. A licensed professional counselor, he received the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006-2007 and received its Jean Sharon Griffith Student Service Award in 2001.
Professor Polk founded the international award-winning chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students, in 1974. Under his leadership, the Richland chapter has been recognized as one of the top 25 chapters in the organization for three years and in the top 100 chapters (out of 1,200) for more than 10 years.