Dr. John M. Ritz is Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for Occupational and Technical Studies within the Department of STEM Education and Professional. He is an award winning faculty member who was selected as Teacher Educator of the Year by the Council on Technology Teacher Education. He is a memeber of the Academy of Fellows in the International Technology Education Association. John continues to be active in professional research and service. He is well known in the technology education profession. He received the Doctoral Mentoring Award from Old Dominion University.