Donn Ritchie

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I sometimes get confused with other men who have a similar name.

So who am I? That's another story...


I grew up in Massillon, Ohio, and with my parents Doris and Ralph, and siblings Karen and Tedd, I had a fairly normal childhood (although my siblings tell me I was not a very nice brother). Most of my free time was spent learning skills at the local YMCA and in Boy Scouts. My first jobs were at the 'Y', where I served in numerous assistant roles, and eventually took on the roles of Youth Director, Aquatics Director, and Physical Director. After graduating from Jackson High School, I tried chemical engineering in college for a few years, but eventually switched to education. I received my B. S. Secondary Education from the University of Akron.

My love of the outdoors, nurtured through activities at the 'Y' and Boy Scouts, eventually led me west, where I received my M. S. in Park Administration from the University of Wyoming. Unfortunately, that education seemed to groom me for working in National Park Service buildings in Denver rather than the outdoors, so it was time to look elsewhere.

Family, and Life in Wyoming

In 1978 I married the former Barbara Stein from Maumee Ohio, and shortly thereafter found a position in the public education sector in Riverton, Wyoming, where I spent 12 years teaching a variety of science courses and coaching swimming and track. Most of my teaching was the course Earth Science, which tied in nicely to my outdoor interests, and with my summers available for more leisurely pursuits, I was able to explore much of the state and neighboring Colorado. In 1980 we purchased 40 acres near Shoshoni Wyoming and built a passive solar, earth-sheltered home. In 1985 our lives were enriched by the birth of our daughter, Skylar. Although Wyoming seemed ideal at first, the rugged weather and not-so-satisfying job environment eventually led me further west and another career.

Moving To San Diego

Looking to leverage my teaching background but to move in a new direction, I obtained my Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. Part of my course work included an internship with IBM in Atlanta, where I served as the instructional designer on a joint project with the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. I was part of a team that created the "Multimedia Encyclopedia of Mammals", the very first interactive, multimedia CD-ROM program. The following year, 1990, I was hired in a non-tenured teaching position with the Department of Educational Technology at San Diego State University. I moved up through the ranks becoming assistant, associate, professor, and eventually served as chair of the department from 2000-2005. Although I have retired from active teaching, today I continue to direct the department's distance programs.

My current contact information is:

Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology
North Education 292
+1 (619) 594-6718

Current Interests and Goals

In addition to my work with the department, I have nurtured a variety of interests over the years. One of the most pleasurable has been to travel the world. Sometimes it has been work related. Other times it has been purely enjoyment and self education. Some of the most notable have been:

In addition to travel, I leveraged my early physical activities in various ways. Some of my more notable adventures include:

Of course, there are many things I'd yet like to accomplish. Some of following goals are decades old; others have become of interest in the past few years.

Other Interests

My non-goal directed interests include spending time with my wife and daughter, hiking, landscaping, photography, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, and of course, working with university students at SDSU.

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