Meet Ryan Torma

Ryan TormaRyan Torma
Professor & Chair, Graphic Design & Visual Communications
Associate Dean for Learning Design & Technology

B.A., University of Minnesota
M.A., Luther Seminary
Doctoral Studies, Bethel University

Biography: Ryan Torma joined Trinity in 2014 as Professor & Chair of Graphic Design & Visual Communications and teaches courses in graphic design, web design, photography, and faith and visual culture. As Associate Dean of Learning Design & Technology, he works with faculty, staff, and students to integrate learning theory, design practices, and technology tools to create dynamic and effective courses, programs and learning environments.

Prior to joining Trinity, Torma has worked with many schools including the University of Minnesota, Luther Seminary, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and the Pacific School of Religion to design courses, programs, classrooms and digital learning environments. He has also worked as a web designer, graphic designer and photographer serving individuals, non-profit organizations, schools and congregations.

Torma holds a B.A. in Photojournalism & Visual Communication from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. from Luther Seminary, where he studied the integration of visual media and Christian education. He is a Doctor of Education student at Bethel University, studying how human-centered design practices can support learning and innovation in higher education.


Torma, Ryan.“Mobile Learning for Congregations.” Word & World, Theology for Christian Ministry 32, no. 3 (2012): 267-76.

Torma, Ryan, and Paul Emerson Teusner. “iReligion.” Studies in World Christianity 17, no. 2 (2011): 137-55.

Selected Presentations:

Teaching Online: Pedagogy and Design, Technology and Tools, Faculty Experience, American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, April 5-6, 2013, Saint Paul, MN.

Design Thinking in Higher Education, GusDay, January 18, 2013, Saint Paul, MN.

Media Technology & Ministry, Luther Seminary Mid-Winter Convocation, February 1-3, 2012, Saint Paul, MN. 

iReligion, The International Conference on Digital Religion, January 12-15, 2012, Boulder, CO.