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Martha Ritter, PhD

Chair, Teacher Education
Associate Professor of Education 

Martha Ritter, PhD, is Chair of the Teacher Education department and Associate Professor of Education. Since 2015, she has taught undergraduate and graduate Education courses including Foundations of Education, Teaching Social Studies and Social Justice, and Teaching Strategies for Elementary Social Studies and Minority Issues. 

Prior to two decades of work in higher education, Ritter taught children and youth in Bolivia; was an elementary school teacher in New Hampshire; and was a teacher/volunteer at a primary school serving children experiencing homelessness in India. 

Ritter received doctoral and master's degrees in education from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Tufts University. She is a member of multiple organizations, including the American Educational Research Association; American Educational Studies Association; Association for Moral Education; National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); and Society for the Education of Women (SEW).

Presentations

  • Ritter, M. (November 2017).  Finding a Witness; Learning as Witnesses. Presented at the annual meetings for the American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Stemhagen, K., Nomi, B., Bagley, S., and Ritter, M. (November 2017). Teacher Activism and Higher Education: Theory, Research, and Praxis. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Whitaker, R. W. III, Bryde, B., Ritter, M. and Conway, T. (March 2017). When Saying No is Better than Saying Yes: A Case Study of a Partnership That Was Intentionally Stopped! Paper presented at annual meetings of National Association for Profession Development Schools, Washington D.C.
  • Ritter, M. (November 2016). Learning from the Heart about Race and Equity.  Presented at annual meetings of the American Educational Studies Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Gentile, A., Bryde, B., and Ritter, M. (October 2016). Seizing Partnership Initiatives: Engaging in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Meeting Teacher Shortages through a Field/Student Teaching Immersion Experience. PAC-TE, Harrisburg, PA.
  • Ritter, M. and Mosley, A. (2014, December). (Re)Organizing Data-Driven Decisions about Student Teaching. Paper presented at annual Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, Manchester, NH.
  • Ritter, M. (2012, November). Close All Borders: Responses to Immigration in a Middle School Classroom.  Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Association of Moral Education, San Antonio, TX.
  • Ritter, M. (2011, March). Who Belongs? Moral Conversations in an Eighth Grade Classroom.  Paper presented at annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Ritter, M. (2010, November). Sustaining Democracy: Conversations about the Vietnam War in an Eighth Grade Class. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Moral Education, St. Louis, MO.
  • Ritter, M. (2009, November). We Don’t Love to Read.  Paper presented at the annual meetings of the National Council of Teachers of English, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ritter, M, Henning, S. and Eick, C. (2009, November).  Reading Paulo Freire. Panel presentation at the annual meetings of the American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburg, PA.
  • Ritter, M. (2007, November).  Bearing Witness and Social Justice. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Educational Studies Association, Cleveland, OH.
  • Ritter, M. (2006, November). Where are we going? Navigating a Course in Teacher Education. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the National Council of Teachers of English, Nashville, TN.
  • Ritter, M. (2003, July) Finding a Witness. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Moral Education, Krakow, Poland.
  • Ritter, M. (2003, April). Can I Find a Witness? Testimony and Response in Public School Classrooms. Paper presented at meeting of the California Association of Philosophers of Education, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Ritter, M. (2000, July). What if That Were You? Moral Reciprocity and Pluralism. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Association for Moral Education, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Ritter, M. and Marshall, J. (1999, November). Interspection: Reading Student Writing as a Witness. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the AERA SIG Research on Women and Education, Hempstead, NY.
  • Ritter, M. (1997, April). Unearthing Treasures: Vision and Voice in Story. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English, Charlotte, NC.

Publications and Reports

Publications

  • Ritter, M. (2007).  “The Significance of Finding A Witness for Liberatory Education,”Philosophy of Education 2007. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society.
  • Ritter, M. (1998). “Finding a Path in the Forest: Tracing Journeys and Meeting in the Common.” JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 14(4): 46-51.
  • Ritter, M. (1996). Children of Law 1008 in San Sebastian Prison.  Cochabamba, Bolivia: Andean Information Network Monograph.

Reports

  • Program Review submitted to Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification programs in the Teacher Education Department at Franklin Pierce.
  • Teacher Education Program Assessment System submitted to the Council for Teacher Education, New Hampshire State Department of Education, March 2014. (Co-author)
  • Vision for Teacher Education, University White Paper submitted to Provost and Deans, Franklin Pierce University, NH, August 2012. (Co-chair of committee, Author)
  • University Program Review Self Study of Education Department submitted to Dean of the College of Rindge, Franklin Pierce University, NH, May 2012. (Chair of committee, Author)
  • Federal Title II Report on Teacher Education Programs (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014)
  • University Program Review Self Study of American Studies Program submitted to the Dean of the College of Rindge, Franklin Pierce University, NH, December 2011. (Co-author)
  • Progress Report on Franklin Pierce Teacher Education Programs submitted to the Council for Teacher Education, New Hampshire State Department of Education, November 2011 (Author)
  • Implementation of New General and Liberal Education Requirements, University White Paper, Franklin Pierce University, NH, August 2011. (Co-author)
  • Retention Ad Hoc Committee Report to the President, Franklin Pierce University, NH, June 2010. (Co-author)
  • Self-study Report for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs submitted to the Council for Teacher Education, New Hampshire State Department of Education, April 2009. (Co-author)
  • NCATE SPA Report for Secondary English Program, Mount St. Mary’s University, MD, August 2008. (Chair of committee, lead author)
  • English Language Arts Accreditation Report submitted to California State Department of Education, Fresno Pacific University, CA, May 2003. (Author)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Buzzallino Family Faculty Scholars Award, “Fleeing from Danger:  Refugees’ Stories in Elementary School Classrooms” 2017-2018.
  • Faculty Research Grant, “Sustaining Democracy: Moral Conversations in Middle School Classroom” Franklin Pierce University, 2009-2011.
  • Delaplaine Seminar, “First Principles: Reflections on the American Founding,” Mount St. Mary’s University, Summer 2007 
  • James O. Marshall Award for graduate scholarship in Philosophy of Education Department of Education, University of New Hampshire, May 2001.
  • Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award for research in Bolivia. Graduate School, University of New Hampshire, June 1998.
  • Teacher-Research Grant for project with writing groups in Cochabamba, Bolivia. National Council of Teachers of English, 1996.

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