Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Richard (Rick) Hammett, Ed.D. is Managing Principal of Emotional Intelligence Learning Systems, Inc. (EILS). EILS is an education, training, consulting, research, and publishing concern dedicated to building healthy and effective individuals, schools, organizations, and communities.
Rick’s professional philosophy provides for positive and personally meaningful change, best achieved through a person-centered coaching perspective that includes the transformative emotional intelligence (EI) approach of Nelson and Low (1977 – present). In his work with clients, students, and colleagues Rick integrates the Emotional Learning System (ELS) (Nelson & Low, 2003) with EILS’s family of proprietary positive assessment instruments to model and teach emotional intelligence, personal skills, and leadership development.
Throughout his 28-year career in the U.S. Navy, Rick’s own transformations were facilitated through important relationships and professional growth milestones that culminated with a commission as an Ensign in the unrestricted line (surface warfare) followed by 18 more years of service. After retiring from the Navy he received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where his studies and research concentrated on the personal excellence model of emotional intelligence, adult education, counseling, and coaching.