CVM Welcomes New Director of the Center for Educational Technologies

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has selected Dr. Nicola L. Ritter, an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, as the director of the Center for Educational Technologies (CET). Dr. Ritter assumed her new role effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Ritter brings a wealth of expertise with over 17 years of varied experience in teaching, educational publishing, and educational technology scholarship. “I know CET to be a unique entity that lies between academia and industry,” says Ritter.

“The CET is an essential part in making the CVM a leader in veterinary medicine education. I am excited about the opportunity to lead such an exceptional team. It is an honor to give back to my alma-mater in this way.”

In her previous role at Texas A&M University, she provided collaborative leadership, working with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams to create transformative learning experiences for online and blended learning programs. Ritter recalls her first impression of the CET, “The CET’s international and national education programs attracted me because these programs were addressing real issues, and aligned with my philosophies and values. I recognize that these high-impact programs have an immediate influence on society.”

As a key addition to the CVM, Ritter is tasked with creating an annual strategic plan for the CET, ensuring the financial wellness of the CET, securing extra-mural funding, and championing the college’s Initiative for Educational Excellence. In close partnership with other college leaders, Ritter will provide vision and leadership to ensure excellence in the CVM’s educational programs and empower the CVM’s faculty to create educational solutions that address today’s learning challenges. “I am humbled by the opportunity to work with talented and accomplished faculty and staff.”

Dr. Karen Cornell, associate dean for Professional Programs, emphasized Ritter’s suitability for the role in relation to PPO’s strategic direction. “The CET serves a vital role in keeping with the tradition of educational excellence at Texas A&M University. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ritter, who has a proven record of accomplishment working collaboratively and across disciplines to find solutions to education challenges.”

Dr. Ritter is a three-time graduate of Texas A&M University, holding a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, certificate in Advanced Research Methods, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Mathematics and Science).