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Department of Organizational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2730

Educational Leadership
Pawley Hall, Room 480D
(248) 370-3070
fax: (248) 370-4605

Human Resource Development
Pawley Hall, Room 475E
(248) 370-4109
fax: (248) 370-4095

Department of Organizational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2730

Educational Leadership
Pawley Hall, Room 480D
(248) 370-3070
fax: (248) 370-4605

Human Resource Development
Pawley Hall, Room 475E
(248) 370-4109
fax: (248) 370-4095

James Quinn

James Quinn teaches in the human resource development (HRD) program area. His long-term focus has been in the teaching of instructional design at the undergraduate and master’s levels. He has particular expertise in the use of case studies in teaching instructional design, and within education in the professions generally. In recent years, he has completed additional graduate education in applied and professional ethics, and his current research interests are primarily in the ethics of instructional design, the learning and teaching of professional ethics, and case-based learning and teaching.


Courses Taught

  • Ethics in Human Resource Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Methods
  • Advanced Instructional Design
  • Theory to Practice in Instructional Design
  • Needs Assessment

Professional Interests

  • Ethics of Instructional Design
  • Education of instructional designers
  • Education in Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Case-based learning and teaching


Selected Publications

Ertmer, P. A., Quinn, J. A., & Glazewski, K. D. (2019) (Eds.). The ID CaseBook: Case studies in instructional design (5th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge

Ertmer, P. A., Quinn, J. A., & Glazewski, K. D. (2019). The case-learning process: Strategies and reflections. In Ertmer, P. A., Quinn, J. A., & Glaweski, K. D. (2019) (Eds.). The ID CaseBook: Case studies in instructional design (5th ed.) (pp. 1-8). New York, NY: Routledge

Woolf, N. & Quinn, J. A. (2009). Learners’ perceptions of instructional design practice in a situated learning activity. Educational Technology Research and Development, 57, 25-43.


Selected Presentations
Quinn, J. A. (2017, October). Learning styles don’t work: Using the myth of learning styles to engage students in ethical reasoning. Paper presented at the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Grand Rapids, MI.

Quinn, J. A. (2017, February). When the ‘ethics course’ is no longer enough: developing wisdom-loving philosopher professionals. Pecha Kucha Presentation, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Dallas, Texas.