Rik A Bair

Associate Dean, Distance Learning Institute

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Dr. Rik Bair is the Associate Dean of the Distance Learning Institute in the Division of Continuing & International Education at the University of Miami. Bair has over 20 years of experience in instructional design and classroom instruction in K-12, post-secondary, and corporate environments. After earning a Doctor of Philosophy in education with a specialization in instructional design for online learning from Capella University, Bair became a professor and the chair of an online Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership (EdD) track that specialized in educational instructional technology at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

A former talk radio co-host of “Instructional Design Matters,” Bair has also served as president of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology’s International Virtual Chapter. In 2016, Bair led the Miami Scholars Labs Jam team in a five international city competition that culminated in the presentation of a global educational initiative to Pope Francis at the Vatican that would provide distance learning opportunities to every learner in the world. 

Bair has developed innovative technology-infused curriculum in both traditional and online classrooms for domestic and international learning environments. Bair believes in disrupting the educational landscape by revolutionizing post-secondary distance learning program development to include credit/non-credit certificates, micro-credentials, and digital badges. Dr. Bair’s approach to these programs includes applying project-based learning to help global learners adapt to automated technology in the workforce.


Honors & Acknowledgements

Maryland Teacher of the Year, 2003
United States Teacher of the Year, East Region, 2003
Finalist, USA National Teacher of the Year, 2003
Elizabeth Leonard Parker Research Award, 1997

Conferences & Events

International Council of Educational Media Conference | Tallinn, Estonia
SCHOLAS LABS JAM | Miami, Florida
North American Christian Convention | Cincinatti, Ohio
TASTE Conference | Frostburg, Maryland
TASTE Conference | Frostburg, Maryland
TASTE Conference | Frostburg, Maryland