Meet the Director - Cambridge, England

Valparaiso University's administered study abroad programs have resident directors who manage the programs on a day-to-day basis, teach two courses for the students and coordinate group excursions and cultural activities. Since 1968, VU has sent 22 different faculty members, and their families, to the Cambridge, England program for two-year appointments.

Matt Ringenberg, Ph.D.,MSW, Associate Professor of Social Work matthew.ringenberg@valpo.edu

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Dr. Ringenberg joined the Valparaiso University faculty in 2000. He was selected by the International Affairs Committee and appointed by President Mark Heckler to serve as the Director of the Cambridge Study Centre for two years, beginning July 2013.  Dr. Ringenberg joined the faculty in 2000. He teaches policy, human behavior, research, grant writing, and spirituality & professional helping in the Department of Social Work and has served as the chair of that program for six years. He also serves as an evaluation consultant to local social service agencies. Prior to teaching Dr. Ringenberg was a child therapist and case manager. He earned a BA in Psychology from Taylor University, an MSW from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD from Washington University in St Louis.        

Dr. Ringenberg is currently conducting a longitudinal study on the impact of parental involvement in the lives of college students. He previously studied parental involvement in the lives of elementary school children and  the impact of adult-child arranged mentoring. He developed the PASS (Parent And School Survey) as a part of that work.

Dr. Ringenberg will be traveling with his wife, Kasey, daughter Kya (14), and son Abe (12). Kasey is an enthusiastic Zumba dancer and is studying to become a sign language interpreter. Kya enjoys painting and drawing. Abe is a runner, actor, and competitor in just about anything.

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Former Resident Directors of the Cambridge Study Center

2011-13  Prof. Nola Schmidt
2009-11

 Prof. Mark Farmer               

2007-09
 Prof. Allan Brandhorst
2007-05  Prof. Carter Hanson
2003-05  Prof. Gregory Hume
2001-03
 Prof. Jerry Wagenblast
1999-01  Prof. Katharine Antommaria
1997-99
 Prof. Joel Lehmann
1995-97
 Prof. Richard Pick
1993-95
 Prof. Thomas Kennedy
1991-93
 Prof. David Johnson
1989-91
 Prof. Carl Galow
1987-89
 Prof. James Moore
1985-87  Prof. John Feaster
1983-85
 Prof. Walter Keller
1981-83
 Prof. Richard Lee
1979-81
 Prof. Richard Pick
1977-79
 Prof. Arvid Sponberg
1975-77
 Prof. Al Trost
1973-75
 Prof. Arlin Meyer
1971-73
 Prof. William Eifrig
1969-71
 Prof. Kenneth Klein
1968-69
 Prof. Ferencz Kallay
1968 (spring)
 Prof. Donald Mundinger