Professor Richard Evans joined the faculty of James Madison College in 1974. Along with Ron Dorr, he founded Madison College's freshman writing program (originally titled "Identity and Community in America") and taught in that program for 26 years. He also taught courses in the Social Relations field and special topics classes addressing issues in American cultural history. His research areas included the New Left historiography, the professionalization of the social science disciplines in the early 20th century, and the use of computers in teaching. Professor Evans retired from James Madison College and MSU in 2000. He is now retired and living in Tucson, Arizona where he is a volunteer teacher in a prison and a volunteer mediator of civil rights disputes.
Together with his wife, Merrill, a writer and artist, Professor Emeritus Evans has created an endowed scholarship at the college. The endowment agreement states, "The Richard W. Evans and Merrill W. Evans Scholarship is given in support of liberal education at James Madison College for first generation college students. Both Richard and Merrill Evans were students in small residential liberal arts colleges. Their experience attests to the value of a liberal arts education as a transformative and empowering experience leading to a broad knowledge of the wider world, its history, and the individual's place within it; a sensitivity to the variety of human experience; and a deeper sense of social responsibility."