Ron earned a BA in history and social sciences from Southwest Minnesota State University, an MA in history from Emporia State University and an MA in political science and a PhD in adult education at Kansas State University. He spent his life as an educator.
He taught US history and government at Manhattan High School in Manhattan KS from 1973 to 1989. In 1989 he took a faculty position teaching future social science teachers at Radford University in Radford VA. He retired in 2012 as emeritus professor.