portrait of Ryan Torma

Learning, Design, Technology & Leadership

I help higher education institutions to integrate leadership, design, and technology to innovate, provide broader access to education, and create great learning experiences for students. I work as Executive Director of Professional Development and LearningLife at the University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies. I lead work to create and support non-credit professional and continuing education programs and conferences. I have taught courses in design thinking, graphic design, photography, typography, and web design.

I hold a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Bethel University where I studied design thinking as an approach to solving complex problems higher education. I have a Master of Arts from Luther Seminary where I studied the intersections of media, meaning, education, and technology. I completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota where I studied photojournalism and visual communication.


I play bass in Man Down. We are available to entertain guests at your eating & drinking establishment, party, or home kitchen remodel. (Yes, we have played a kitchen remodel.)


Through my camera, I explore the relationships people have with one another and their surroundings.