Dr. Ronald McBride of Natchitoches is a retired Professor of Educational Technology and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Education Technology in the College of Education and Human Development. He held the first Melba Law Steeg Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Educational Technology. He received the NSU Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Education and Human Development in 2009. McBride has 30 years of experience in higher education and eight at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. He holds a Ph.D. in communications/instructional media management from Georgia State University, having earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northwestern. His specialty is distance learning with 24 years’ experience as a pioneer and award-winning manager of distance education programs and professor in the field.
McBride joined NSU in 1991 as director of the first distance learning program and doubled as head of the Department of Journalism before moving to educational technology. He has taught fine arts studio courses, art history and appreciation, journalism courses including broadcasting and several courses in educational technology. As head of the Department of Telecommunications and Distance Learning he created the first interactive satellite network in Louisiana on a college campus where graduate and middle school courses were delivered to several locations. While head of the Department of Journalism, he directed the building of the new television studio, radio station and created NSU 22, the university’s cable television channel. McBride has an extensive research and presentation record and has secured numerous grants in public secondary and higher education. McBride has two grown daughters and a grandson.