Rich Thompson

Senior Lecturer

Rich Thompson took his first class at UA in 1978 during the summer between his junior and senior years in high school.  He has been here off-and-on ever since – as a high school student, an undergraduate student and worker, a graduate student, a post doc, an instructor in Geosciences, as Assistant Director of Federal Relations for UA, and currently as Lecturer for the School of Information (his favorite post, of course!).  Rich teaches foundational programming classes for the School of Information and loves interacting with students. He especially enjoys running the School of Information Section Leader program. On a completely unrelated note, he discovered the official state dinosaur of Arizona and it is named after him, Sonorasaurus thompsoni.