James Lenze

  • Education

    PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Instructional Systems.

    BackgroundJim Lenze and student

    James Lenze has over two dozen publications or presentations focusing on virtual worlds, instructional technology, distance education, communications media, and synthetic writing.

    After earning his PhD at the age of 26, Lenze held tenure-line positions at Lawrence Technological University, the University of Michigan–Dearborn, and IUP. He earned the rank of professor in 2009.

    He codeveloped the proposal for the PhD in Media and Communications Studies (originally named Communications Media and Instructional Technology) with Mark Piwinsky and served with him as one of the initial co-coordinators of the program. He has served as the dean’s associate for the School of Graduate Studies and Research at IUP and internship coordinator for the Communications Media program.

    Over his career, he has assisted in the creation of associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, several with extensive online components. He is interested in film production and screenplay writing as well as media aesthetics. His professional philosophy is that all effective communication is rooted in story.

    He and his wife live in Indiana where they enjoy life with their eight children and Moxie, the wonder dog.