Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Raritan Valley Community College
Communication & Languages Department
Room S-229 (Somerset Bldg.)
908-526-1200 extension 8429
rtreut @ raritanval.edu
- B.S., Radio & Television Production, Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts
- M.A., Communication (Audience Analysis), Ohio University, Athens. Ohio
- Capella University, coursework in pursuit of PhD in Psychology with emphasis on Communication
Bick was appointed to the full-time faculty of Raritan Valley Community College on April 27, 2006. He started teaching here as an adjunct professor in 2002 after a client, Bruce Mossman from chip maker Intel, suggested he consider teaching over consulting. “This way you can feed minds instead of bottom lines,” he said. It was remarkable advice.
After working with computer industry companies and their advertising agencies for over 20 years, Bick closed his consulting practice in 2005. He was soon hired by the Hunterdon County Democrat in Flemington, N.J. as a full-time reporter covering political, education and feature beats. The job dove-tailed well with his adjunct schedule at RV. At the Democrat, Bick produced first-person pieces for Hunterdon Life, the paper’s magazine supplement. Upon leaving the paper to teach full-time, the editors agreed that he should continue to write these short articles that appear monthly.
I became a teacher late in my career after refusing to acknowledge temperament tests suggesting the pursuit of teaching and counseling. My first day in a classroom revealed how working in a "comfort zone" feels. I was inspired by a number of outstanding teachers including Walt Littlefield at Emerson College who The Underground Guide to Colleges rated in the 1970s as one of the best lecturers in the U.S. With a B.S. in Radio and Television, I learned how to learn (and teach) in a hands-on production environment so you could say that I draw from both approaches. In graduate school, I become interested in media effects on individuals and societies and later spent 25 years understanding this relationship on behalf of computer manufacturers and their advertising agencies. Today, my interest in the communication process has expanded to include interpersonal and intrapersonal (i.e., self-talk) communication. That's why I'm back at school taking courses at Capella University's Harold Abel School of Psychology. What I'm learning there is quickly incorporated into my classes here at Raritan Valley Community College.
Teaching at RVCC is the most rewarding and inspirational work of my life.
I admire and enjoy our students who are down-to-earth, full of energy, wit and wisdom.
Courses Taught at RVCC
- COMM-102-02 Introduction to Communication Theory
- COMM-110-05 Interpersonal Communication
- COMM-120-01 Introduction to Mass Communication
- COMM-120-99V Introduction to Mass Communication online, first offered Fall 2008
- COMM-251-01 Writing for The Media
- COMM-301-01 Comm/Speech Coop Ed I
- COMM-302-01 Comm/Speech Coop Ed II
- COMM-302-01 Comm/Speech Coop Ed III