Scott Ritchie


Scott Ritchie, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. A former grassroots community organizer, P-5 classroom teacher/administrator, literacy coach, Dismantling Racism trainer, and Professional Liaison for Diversity for the Bagwell College of Education, Dr. Ritchie currently teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate literacy education, educational equity and social justice, gender and women's studies, and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Ritchie's research interests include critical literacies, critical content analysis of children's picture books, gender and masculinity studies, and teacher education for social justice. His work has been published in the Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Language and Literacy Education, Teachers College Record, and Current Issues in Comparative Education, and he serves on editorial boards including Language Arts journal and the Journal of Children's Literature. Dr. Ritchie serves on the Elementary Section Steering Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English and the board of the Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking.


Graduate Certificate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University, 2015

Ph.D., Language and Literacy Education, University of Georgia, 2010

M.Ed., Antioch University New England, 2000

A.B., Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994

Awards and Honors

Dean’s Speaker Series Award, Bagwell College of Education, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, 2014

Bagwell College of Education Research/Scholarship Award, Kennesaw State University, 2013-2014

Leadership and Service Award, Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG, American Educational Research Association, 2011

Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee, Division D, American Educational Research Association, 2010

Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee, Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG, American Educational Research Association, 2010

Carl Glickman Award, University of Georgia, 2009

Alpha Upsilon Alpha International Honor Society Inductee, International Reading Association, 2006

Georgia State Normal School Memorial Award, University of Georgia, 2006

Demonstration Classroom Model Teacher, Northeast Georgia RESA, 2003-2003

CNN Hero Award, Cable News Network (CNN), 2001

Action Education Initiative, Applied Research Center/Race Forward, 1997-1998

"Master's in Activism," Democracy South/Institute for Southern Studies, 1995