Dean, Wassenich Family Endowed Chair
Dr. Ron Pitcock was appointed Dean of the John V. Roach Honors College in 2022. He also serves as the Wassenich Family Endowed Chair. He earned his A.B. at Wabash College, M.A. at Indiana State University, and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature, with specializations in American Rhetoric, Literacy, and Culture, at the University of Kentucky.
At TCU, Dr. Pitcock has taught an array of undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on rhetoric, writing, literacy, and literature. His research examines issues in writing pedagogy and nineteenth-century US literacy. In recent years, Dr. Pitcock has pursued efforts to enhance the teaching and learning that Honors students experience at TCU.
In addition to upper-level Honors colloquia like “Nature of Giving” and “Sports and Society,” he teaches a sophomore-level honors course titled “Cultural Memory in the US” where Honors students study the origins and representations of American memory. Students of the Cultural Memory course examine important sites of memory including New York City, Boston, Oklahoma City, Washington D.C., and Honolulu. Honors students also engage city-as-text learning with Dr. Pitcock in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, where he teaches a month-long Honors Explorations course called “Cultural Routes.”
In 2002, Dr. Pitcock received the “Promising Researcher Award” from the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2003, he was named “Honors Professor of the Year” at TCU, and in 2009 TCU students voted Dr. Pitcock as recipient of the TCU Inspirational Professor Award presented by EECU. The Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community was awarded to Dr. Pitcock in 2010. He has received teaching awards at the University of Kentucky and Indiana State University; citations from the Conference on College Communication and Composition; and fellowships given by Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2012, The Princeton Review named Dr. Pitcock as one of the Best 300 Professors in the US, and in 2019, he was honored with the Fort Worth Business Press Corporate Philanthropy Award for his work with the “Nature of Giving” Honors course.