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Education educator

John Michael Ritz, American education educator. Recipient Tonelson award, Old Dominion University, 1982.


Ritz, John Michael was born on October 31, 1948 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Edward and Catharine May (Mills) Ritz.


Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, 1970; Master of Science, University of Wisconsin, Stout, 1974; Doctor of Education, West Virginia University, 1977.


Technology teacher Nova High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1970-1972. Faculty assistant University Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, 1973-1974. Training associate West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1974-1977.

Professor, chairman Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, since 1977. Board directors Tidewater Technology Associates, Virginia Beach, Virginia. With United States Army, 1971-1973.


Member of Technology Foundation American (Honor Roll 2000), Academy Scholars, Virginia Polytechnic Institute Education Association (president 1983), Council Technology Teacher Education (treasurer 1981-1985, president 1996—2000, Technology Teacher Educator of the Year 1993), International Technology Education Association (board directors since 2000, Distinguished Technology Educator 1986, Meritorious Service award 1990, Academy Fellows award 1997, Educational Exhibition Association Hall of Fame 2003).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: salt water fishing, writing.


Married Sally Louise Ward, July 18, 1970. 1 child, Molly.

John Edward Ritz

Catharine May (Mills) Ritz

Sally Louise Ward

Molly Ritz