Faculty and Staff

Ritchie Jeffrey J. Ritchie, Professor and Department Chair of Digital Communications
B.S., Indiana Univeristy; B.A., Indiana University; M.A., University of South Carolina; M.Ed., Arizona State University; Ph.D., Arizona State University

Ritchie, chair and associate professor of digital communications, has presented at conferences from Vancouver, Canada to Konstanz, Germany and San Diego, Calif., to Charleston, S.C. One of the founding professors of the DigiCom Department, he has overseen student projects and internships that have resulted in the creation of LVC's Campus Virtual Tour, an interactive history of Hersheypark, a player's guide for an internationally recognized game, and a physical therapy textbook designed for tablet devices, among many others. Ritchie teaches courses in narrative across media (including video games), mobile and spatial narratives, interactivity, writing for digital media, multimedia, and principles of information design.

Telephone: 717-867-6249
Address: Lynch 119-A
Email: ritchie@lvc.edu
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Kline Joel A. Kline, Professor of Digital Communications
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; B.A., Lebanon Valley College; M.J., Temple University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Kline, co-founding professor of the department, owned a digital media company prior to entering academia. He continues to consult and conduct research in the areas of user experience, social media, technical communications, Web 2.0, and innovation. Kline has helped clients develop online communities of practice, create a Social Media for Business strategic plan; deploy a corporate knowledge management system; build iPad and mobile apps; and improve corporate web presences through analytics, heat maps, and usability testing. He teaches courses in user experience, e-business, innovation, strategy, and project management. Kline blogs and tweets on technology, communities, and innovation topics and has presented on such interesting subjects as “What the (Bleep) is the Cloud?”

Telephone: 717-867-6108
Address: Lynch 119-B
Email: jkline@lvc.edu
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Pettice Mary K. Pettice, Associate Professor of Digital Communications (Sabbatical Leave Fall/16)
B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.S., University of Illinois; M.A., University of Illinois; Ph.D., University of Houston

Dr. Pettice teaches courses in social media, data visualization, rhetoric, media ethics, and web writing for future journalists and public relations specialists. Her scholarly work examines the intersections between new media, rhetoric, and the verbal arts. She has written about online comment spaces and Star Wars fan films and is working on a manuscript about New Zealand, where she taught for a semester.

Telephone: 717-867-6243
Address: Lynch 285-I
Email: pettice@lvc.edu
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Samuel Mathew Samuel, Associate Professor of Digital Communications (Sabbatical Leave Spring/17)
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; M.A., Maryland Institute College of Art; M.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

Samuel taught in Atlanta and Miami, and worked in the corporate world, before arriving at LVC. After successfully art directing for AT&T, and other national firms, Samuel launched San 7 Studios, a full service design firm that served Lockheed Martin, Heineken, Salem, and more. His Miami-based design studio produced projects ranging from graphic design to animation. His art work has been featured in numerous venues including a pair of solo shows, “Mepral” and “Blur.” Samuel’s art expands several genres and he has painted public murals, created illustrations for magazines, designed branding and promotional materials for a fortune 500 company, and designed a textbook cover. He teaches courses in graphic design, motion graphics, and interactive design.

Telephone: 717-867-6379
Address: Lynch 122
Email: samuel@lvc.edu
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Shapiro David W. Shapiro, Director of Information Technology
B.A., Lebanon Valley College; M.B.A., Western Governors University.

Telephone: 717-867-6060
Address: Lynch 005
Email: shapiro@lvc.edu