Faculty & Staff
What is dance? What and how do we know through dance? How does dance function in and contribute to societies? Such questions prompt students to engage in critical inquiry of dance as a constantly evolving global phenomenon.
Julia M. Ritter, PhD, MFA, is an award-winning dance artist and scholar whose work demonstrates the interdisciplinary integration of over 30 years of training in dance, voice, and theatre techniques. Ritter has received two awards for her research, including the 2016 Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecture Award from the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance (USA) and the 2014 Prix André G. Bourassa for Creative Research (Canada). Ritter is the recipient of three Fulbright Scholar awards for her choreographic research in Europe, (2002, 2005, 2008) and in 2004 she received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Ritter has distinguished herself as an artistic director, publicly engaged scholar, and academic leader by championing the work of culturally diverse artists with the aim of building inclusive communities that value dance as a means for innovation and social change.