Dr. Rios enjoyed a career in secondary education before pursuing his graduate degrees. He earned a B.Mus. from Bethel University in 1995, a M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2005, and his Ph.D. from Baylor University in 2010. He began teaching at Baylor in 2008. His research and publications focus on the history of science and religion in the twentieth century.
As Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Rios works closely with the Associate Dean for Professional Development to create and enhance student and professional development programs within the Graduate School. He has developed several new programs, including a week-long Dissertation Writing Lab, a Graduate Writing Center, and professional development opportunities designed specifically for the STEM fields. He leads Baylor's Graduate Seminars in Science and Religion. He also oversees the submission process for electronic theses and dissertations, plans the Graduate Student Orientation, and serves as faculty sponsor for the Graduate Student Association. In addition to his work in the Graduate School, he is actively involved in Baylor's Academy for Teaching and Learning and serves as the Graduate Program Director for Church-State Studies.