After finishing his Masters in a different field and prior to planned doctoral study, Richmond wanted to "spend a year abroad." A friend invited him to Japan to teach English in 1989, and as they say, the rest is history!
One year in Japan turned into five until he did return to the states to complete his PhD. Richmond went abroad again in 1997 to Thailand, and then in 2001, he came back to Japan and took on a faculty position at Soka University in Tokyo where he is currently the Chair of the Master’s in International Language Education: TESOL Graduate Program.
He has been active in JALT, where he has worked with the administration and our international partner organizations, our Associate Members, and most recently more closely with the JALT Central Office. Richmond remains busy doing conferences and frequent consultancy activities in Asia, particularly in Thailand and Cambodia, as well as with TESOL International Association in the United States, but happily also now calls Japan home again.