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Jeff Ritter

Jeff Ritter

Professor, Department Chair, Communications
(412) 536-1027

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED & DEGREES RECEIVED:

  • Ph.D., May 1995, American Studies, Program in American Studies, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.
  • MA, Popular Culture, August 1984, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
  • BA, Folklore, January 1982, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Visiting International Professor for SPARK – Amsterdam, Liberia Faculty Enrichment Program, Monrovia, Liberia, July 3 - 19, 2009
  • Visiting International Professor for SPARK - Amsterdam, Mitrovica Summer University, Mitrovica, Kosovo,  July 12 – 24, 2007, July 14 – 21, 2006
  • Chair, Full Professor, Department of Communication, Media and Technology, Co-Coordinator, Program in Film, Video and Media, La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA. Fall 1995 - present.
  • Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA. Communication Arts Department, Fall 1993 - Spring 1995.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Clark University, Worcester, MA. Communication and Culture Program, Spring 1994.
  • Visiting Lecturer in American Culture and History, Bunsai Gakuen, Lincoln, MA. 1993 -1994.
  • Teaching Fellowship, American Studies Dept., St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, Fall 1987 - Spring 1990.
  • Teaching Fellowship, Popular Culture Department, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH,  Fall 1982 - Spring 1984.
  • Teaching Fellowship, Popular Culture Department, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Fall 1982 - Spring 1984.

MEDIA AND PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Partner and Manager, Colleague-Connect, Ross Publishing. On-line business designed to create networking opportunities for attendees at conferences, conventions and trade-shows. Currently in re-development.
  • Producer, Director, Writer, Abantu N’Umuco (People and Culture) Documentary DVD on Rwandan students at La Roche College, PA. 

SCREENINGS:

  • Wilmington Film Festival, March 2004 Stony Brook Digital Film Festival, April 2004. 
  • Pittsburgh City Paper ‘Film Kitchen’ Sept. 14, 2004 
  • West Chester Film Festival. West Chester, PA Oct. 7 – 9, 2004 
  • Midwestern Entertainment Industry Conference, Nov. 6, 2004 
  • Lead guitarist, songwriting, publicity, promotion, music production and recording, Beagle Brothers, Pittsburgh Honky-Tonk band 2006 – present 
  • Freelance Writer, "Sound and Spirit" Public Radio International and WGBH-FM Boston. 
  • Programmer, WICN-FM, Worcester, Spring, 1994 - Spring 1995.
  • Contributor, Music, Television and Radio entries, St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Publishing, New York, NY, 1999, Encyclopedia of US Popular Culture, Garland Publishing, New York, NY, 1994.
  • Judge, Pittsburgh Filmmakers First Works Grant, 1997. 
  • Freelance educational writing and editing, author, The World is A Wild Place, Curriculum Associates, Billerica, MA. 1992 - 1995. 
  • Programming Committee Chair, Programmer, Community Outreach Recruiter, KDHX-FM, Community Radio, Double Helix Community Media, St. Louis, MO, September 1987 - January 1990, also Host and Producer of a wide variety of programs and special events.
  • Editor, BROADSIDE: The National Topical Song Magazine, New York, NY, August 1983 - August 1986.

WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA:

  • Participant, The Sprout Fund – Engage Pittsburgh All Day Workshop, CAPA, Sept 9, 2006.
  • Participant, Parris Island Marines Educator’s Workshop, Parris Island, South Carolina, November 2005.
  • Midwestern Entertainment Industry Conference, Video and Film, Director’s and Technology Panels, Nov. 5 – 8, 2004, Lexington, KY.
  • Interface 2001, Technology and Business Conference, March 16 – 17, Carnegie Mellon University,  Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Tomorrow's Technology Today, Technology Conference, Carnegie Mellon University, March, 2000, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Online Teaching and Learning, March 10 – 13, 1999. Distance Learning workshops, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities, Collaborative Leadership for Academic Change, Summer Workshop, Burlington Vermont, July 1998.
  • The Legacy of McLuhan: A Symposium, Fordham University, New York, NY March 27-28, 1998.
  • The Annenberg Washington Program, sponsored participant, "New Communications Technology," January 1994.
  • NEH conference, sponsored participant, "Teaching Interdisciplinary Fields," Vassar College, May 1992.

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Communication in Crisis Conference, “Communication Crisis and Technology: Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education,” University of Massachusetts - Amherst, March 31 – April 1, 2006.
  • Language, Culture and Communication, Polytechnic Institute, “Uses Of Computer And Communication Technology And Perceptions Of Cultural Change: A Cross Cultural Study,” Beja, Portugal Nov, 24 – 28. 2004. 
  • SIETAR, Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, “Abantu N’Umuco (People and Culture): Using Film to Enhance and Depict Cross-Cultural Educational Experience,” Bloomington, Indiana Nov. 2004.
  • International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives, “Evolving higher education teaching for effectiveness and efficiency using technology,” Pittsburgh, PA., October, 2002.
  • National Popular Culture/American Culture Association annual meeting, "The Future of Local Television News," Las Vegas, March, 1996.
  • Presentation at the New England Popular Culture Association annual meeting, "Local Television News: Content, Regulation and the New Media Landscape," October, 1995.
  • Presentation at the Midwest Popular Culture Association annual meeting, "Small Press Publishing: Broadside Magazine and American Music," 1988.
  • Presentation at the Midwest Popular Culture Association annual meeting, "Broadside Magazine and American Music," 1988.
  • Presentation at the National Popular Culture Associations/American Culture Association annual meeting, "The Ballads of Bruce Springsteen," 1983.

GRANTS:

  • $50,000, annual grants, 1997 - 2001, ALCOA Foundation distance learning project through Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA. 
  • $5,000, Pennsylvania Historical Commission Grant for oral history collection on radio and television pioneers in Western Pennsylvania, September, 1998.
  • $12,000 from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Falk Memorial Trust for video documentary on Rwandan students at La Roche College.
  • $16,000, Executive Producer/Humanities Advisor, Missouri Humanities Commission Grant Funded Program, “The Idea Exchange” KDHX-FM, December 1989 - June 1990.
  • $2,000, Oral History Researcher, Missouri Historical Society Grant Funded Research, “Gaslight Square,” oral history and radio documentary on the multi-cultural center of St. Louis in the fifties and sixties, May - August 1988.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
  • American Studies Association
  • Popular Culture Association 

JOINED LA ROCHE:  August 1996

HOMETOWN:  Trenton, N.J.