Dr. Di Ann Ryter, Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Dr. Di Ann Ryter

Dr. Di Ann Ryter
Associate Professor of Teacher Education


  • Social sciences education
  • Multiculturalism
  • International education


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2012
  • M.Ed., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2006
  • B.A., Kearney State College, 1994


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About Dr. Di Ann Ryter

Di Ann Ryter joined the college in 2015. Ryter’s experiences and interests in teaching social sciences education focus on awareness and concern for diverse learners, multiculturalism, social justice, and global connections. Prior to joining the faculty at Fort Lewis College, Ryter was an assistant professor of Social Studies Education at Oklahoma State University, an affiliate faculty member at the School of International Studies, and an instructor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has also taught social studies in Tanzania, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, teaching environmental education and reading.

Ryter has served as a reviewer for the National Council for the Social Studies and the Journal of International Social Studies. She is a member of professional organizations, including the National Council for the Social Studies and its affiliates, the College and University Faculty Assembly and the International Assembly.

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Access is Not Enough: A Collaborative Autoethnographic Study of Affordances and Challenges of Faculty iPad Integration in Elementary Teacher Preparation Courses," Vasinda, S., Ryter, D., Hathcock, S., & Wang, Q. L., Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 17(3), 2017

“Programs and Practices: Students’ Historical Understanding and Thinking in International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and Regular World History Courses,” Journal of International Social Studies, 2015

“Pre-Service Teachers’ Multicultural and Global Awareness: An Investigation into the Growth of Cultural and Global Awareness through Student Teaching Abroad,” co-presented with S. Hills and L. Cota, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, 2015

“Academic Humility and Global Citizenship: International Baccalaureate Students’ Historical Understanding,” College and University Faculty Assembly (NCSS), St. Louis, MO, 2013

“Improving Participation in a Pluralistic Democracy through a Cosmopolitan Approach to Social Studies Education,” Journal of International Social Studies, 2012

“Maintaining Cultural Identity in a Small American Great Plains City: A Vietnamese-American’s Experience,” Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 2012