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James Rieker, PhD

Education Media Developer


After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in biology, he studied enzyme biochemistry in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a PhD in Biochemistry.  Two post-doctoral fellowships, one as an NRSA fellow, were followed by four years of research and teaching at Juniata College. His research program for undergraduates focused on molecular field biology and trout genetics.

He has spent the last twenty years integrating learning technologies with curricular needs. He served as an instructional designer for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Educational System, where he managed the first online curriculum project for Penn State. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he was the science liaison for the New Media Center, supporting technology integration in University-wide teaching and learning initiatives.  Since 1997, he has been an instructional designer and media developer for the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He has produced videos for Penn State, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. His newest initiatives include the integration of mobile devices in curriculum design, administering the Department's learning management system (Canvas) and providing instructional design consultation for online courses.

Education & Training




University of Notre Dame B.S. 1978 Biology
University of Pittsburgh PhD 1984 Biochemistry
Penn State    1992 Instructional Technology


Administrative Titles

Manager, Grenvik Education Center