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Donald Ritzenhein

Professor of Communication

Donald Ritzenhein 106 Quirk




  • PhD - Communication, Wayne State University, 1999
  • MA - Rhetoric and Public Address, Wayne State University, 1980
  • BA - English and Speech, Wayne State University, Monteith College, 1968

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Central States Communication Association
  • National Communication Association

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAC 124 - Fundamentals of Speech
  • CTAC 357 - Interviewing as Communication
  • CTAC 350 - Persuasion
  • CTAC 352 - Communication in Negotiation



Dr. Ritzenhein began his teaching career as a high school debate and forensics coach in Southfield. Throughout his subsequent 37 years in administration, including 27 in higher education, he continued to teach as an adjunct instructor for Wayne State, University of Detroit-Mercy, Macomb Community College, and, most recently, Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Ritzenhein is Past President and Executive Secretary of the Michigan Association of Speech Communication, and Past-President of the Michigan Advancement Council, Macomb Negotiators and Wayne State University Alumni Association.

In his free time Dr. Ritzenhein enjoys home brewing, traveling with his wife, Kathy Grenda, and continuing to marvel at the successes and qualities of his adult son, Rob.

Presentations & Publications

  • Presentations on bargaining, fundraising, and teaching at state, regional and national associations.
  • Keynote and commencement addresses.
  • Workshops and presentations on lecturing and using PowerPoint.
  • Journal publications on fundraising, technology, rhetorical criticism and debate.

The School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344