Rita Ellsworth Appointed Director of BioCommunications at Arizona Health Sciences Center

Apr 4, 2014

Rita Ellsworth, MSRita Ellsworth, MS, who has more than 28 years of experience in web development, graphic services, “new-media” development and other communication services, has been appointed director of the Division of BioCommunications at the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC).

Ellsworth, who reports to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, replaces John Hall, PhD, who recently retired after a 36-year career at AHSC BioCommunications – the last four years as director. 

Since 2003, Ellsworth previously served as coordinator of web development and graphic services for AHSC BioCommunications, supervising graphic designers, illustrators, programmers and web designers.

In her new role, she manages a creative team that provides a comprehensive range of media planning, creation, production and support services to assist in the instructional, research, patient care and public service missions of the University of Arizona’s Tucson-based health professions colleges:  the UA College of Medicine – Tucson; the UA College of Nursing; the UA College of Pharmacy; and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.  AHSC BioCommunications also works closely with the University of Arizona Health Network, the UA’s affiliated clinical enterprise, as well as colleges and programs on the UA’s Main Campus.

AHSC BioCommunications has seven specialized areas of service:
• Learning and Instructional Technologies
• Media Technical Support and Services
• Medical Television and Video Streaming and Conferencing
• Medical Photography
• Web Development and Graphic Services
• Copy Technology Services

Ellsworth joined AHSC BioCommunications in 1992 as graphic design supervisor. She served as senior media specialist from1997 to 2003, when she was promoted to coordinator of web development and graphic services.  She was owner of Rita Ellsworth Design from 1988 to 1997.

Ellsworth has received numerous honors and awards, including the Silver Award from the Health Science Communications Association for development of the UA Cancer Center website, among many others. She also has served on numerous AHSC and Main Campus committees, and has given numerous presentations and workshops.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at the UA in visual communications; she went on to earn a master’s degree at the UA in agricultural education, with an emphasis on experiential learning and website usability.

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