Dr David Ritchie



Honorary Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Certificate of Trained Primary Teachers, Mt Gravatt Teachers College, 1969
Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University, 1979
Master of Education, La Trobe University, 1986
Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1996

Research interests

Media Interactivity; Narrative, gender and pleasure; Individual and Cultural Identity and Media; Cultural perspectives on Dying, Death, Grief and Remembering, Grief Education.

Teaching interests

Media and Communication, Contemporary Arts Theory and Criticism, Creative Arts Research Methods, Australian Cinema, Media Audience Research.
Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)


He is a cultural and communications theorist, with interests in the cultural impact and social effects of the media. Recent conference papers, publications and exhibitions have investigated representation and uses of death, loss, and bereavement in the media. He is an external academic manuscript referee and thesis examiner, and a media issues commentator. David is also a trained and accredited mediator. He has recently completed a program in working with emotions in dispute resolution. David has made a significant and consistent contribution to Deakin's high quality teaching and learning, with the design, development, accreditation, delivery and evaluation of numerous units and awards. He also plays an active role as an external curriculum advisor to the tertiary sector. With his background, knowledge and long experience of the broad social, cultural and industrial and pedagogical landscape of the university, he is keen, in his new honorary role, to continue to provide the benefits of his experience and skill in for example, Staff induction and mentoring, especially assisting with editing and publishing work produced for HDR projects and conferences; Curriculum and course development review and evaluation; Co-supervision of higher degree projects; Staff and student progress, equity and welfare; and Moderation of assessment, especially of theses at honours level.


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Memories, grief and loss

Dr David Ritchie

(2006), pp. 1-1, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Film and Memorialization, Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, October 14-15, Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, E1-1


Fateful moments and the discourses of grief

Dr David Ritchie

(2004), Vol. 7, pp. 8-11, Grief matters, Clayton, Vic, C1


Death, mortality and religious diversity

Dr David Ritchie

(2003), Melbourne, Victoria, J1


Loss, grief and representation: "Getting on with it"

Dr David Ritchie

(2003), Vol. 4, pp. 1-3, Double dialogues, Canterbury, Vic., C1