Michael Riordan is a full-time faculty member of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s RIT’s School of Media Sciences where he teaches coursework focused on publishing and production. In addition to his teaching, Michael is the Director and a researcher at RIT’s Open Publishing Lab, and also serves on the Board of Directors for RIT’s CrossMedia Innovation Center (CMIC) and the Advisory Board for RIT’s award-wining weekly student publication, Reporter Magazine.
Michael’s scholarship and research is focused on the intersection of authenticity and sustainable systems. Michael’s work in these fields has applied primarily to the workflow and architecture of publishing systems and to the development and implementation of standards and standard practices within them.
Outside of RIT, Michael is also an accomplished photographer and the founder of Independent Good, a Rochester-based organization dedicated to enabling projects of public interest that serve the common good.
Developed with a cross-disciplinary team of staff and students, RIT BookBag is a tool for sharing web-accessible resources, discovering related resources and discovering other researchers with similar interests. RIT BookBag’s Research Network won an Innovator’s Awards in the category for Teaching and Learning at the 2013 Campus Technology Conference in Boston.
Exhibited in multiple juried shows and accepted for publication by Graphis, “Harvest” depicts workers digging through the top of a garbage dump in Brazil. These workers, along with their pigs, live in small make-shift communities on the dump site.
Selected for a juried show at the Center for Fine Art Photography, “Teran” is an example of conceptual portrait work using alternative photo processes.