Dr. Ritter appointed new director of the LMC – Technical program

LMC is also home to the Writing and Communication Program which provides support to 5,000 students through instruction in multimodal composition, business and technical communication, and research writing.

On August 1, Dr. Ritter will take office as the new LMC President. She will oversee a department that has 80 faculty who teach nearly 8,000 students (LMC majors and non-majors).

As President, Dr. Ritter will be responsible for overseeing academic and research units, promoting the welfare of staff, faculty and students, supporting innovation in research, teaching, programs and programming, collaborating with other units at Georgia Tech and beyond campus. , supporting extracurricular and career development opportunities available to students through LMC, and managing the school’s financial resources.

Dr. Ritter brings a wealth of experience from his previous institutions.

At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), she served as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Policy at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2017-2021), Acting Director of the Center for Writing Studies (2014-2015) and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Rhetoric (2013-2017). She is also the former editor of College English, a flagship journal of the National Council of Teachers of English (2012-2017).

According to his UIUC website, his research interests include “the historical record of compositional pedagogy and writing curricula, and in particular how these histories reveal patterns of social stratification in literacy and schooling. which persist today.

The Technique had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Ritter after his appointment. She said she was “very happy to lead a school with so many wonderful faculty, students and staff, and such a diverse range of strengths in her areas of specialization. I think the combination of disciplines within LMC offers great opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as new ways of thinking about the position and potential of the humanities on the Georgia Tech campus.

She also looks forward to opportunities in a big city like Atlanta, as she has spent most of her time teaching in smaller college towns. “I miss the atmosphere and the people who were so precious to me when I lived in Chicago during my doctoral studies. I believe Atlanta can once again provide me and my family with this great experience of living and learning.

She also talked about her plans for LMC. “Well, I’d like to hear what people within the LMC have to say first about their own priorities and plans before I do my own big plans. I’m going to be an outsider coming into the Tech campus, so I don’t want to assume I have all the answers right off the bat. After listening carefully to what I hope will be many conversations with various LMC groups and constituencies, as well as leaders of other schools on campus, I can then begin to work with the LMC School on its future.

She added that her top priority was to “help maintain the strength, creativity and inclusion of the LMC school, and to promote its excellence wherever and whenever possible”, and that she also wanted to ” communicate to new and future technology students how an exciting time to study at the intersections of humanities and technology. I want our majors and minors to know how to make the most of the opportunities the LMC school has to offer them, during and after their university years.

She also added her interest in serving the greater Atlanta community as part of the school’s work to “perhaps develop partnerships with humanities units at other area colleges and universities in the process.” “. On a personal note, she mentioned that she “would like to go to The Varsity for lunch sometime soon (or maybe more than one day!)”.

Dr. Carol Senf, an LMC professor who has worked at Georgia Tech since 1981, mentioned her excitement to have Dr. Ritter join the school at a time when the LMC brings together different core disciplines. “Students come to Georgia Tech with a commitment to study media of all types. LMC has grown and changed over the years because of what students want to learn and what faculty want to teach. »

She also mentioned that “at present, almost all LMC students and faculty have a connection to one of these programs: English Composition, Literature, Science Studies, Film, Media. She hopes Dr. Ritter, “can bring fresh eyes to everything [LMC is]and that Dr. Ritter, “will focus on the ways in which these different groups work together and continue to evolve in ways that benefit students.

In the fall, Tech will welcome Dr. Ritter as he embarks on a new journey through a rapidly changing liberal arts scene at Georgia Tech.

With this new revitalization of the humanities curriculum at Georgia Tech, the Institute hopes to show the broad scope of its programs to current and prospective students.

Investing in the LMC program with Dr. Ritter’s vision is just one example of the Institute’s commitment to going beyond STEM to provide support for its humanities students.

Ryan H. Bowman