Paul J. Reitemeier, PhD

    Paul Reitemeier (Ph.D., MSU, Philosophy, 1991) is Chair of the Grand Valley State University Human Research Review Committee (HRCC) which oversees compliance with federal regulations and ethics standards for all research conducted on human subjects. He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and has taught courses on death & dying, ethics in the professions, and metaphysics and epistemology. Prior to coming to GVSU in 2003, Dr. Reitemeier served for three years as senior health care ethicist and office supervisor for the National Center for Ethics in the Veterans Health Administration. Prior to his work in the US federal government, Dr. Reitemeier held regular full-time faculty positions at six universities and medical schools in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan and New Hampshire.

    Dr. Reitemeier's work in heath care ethics has included many effective innovations in teaching adult learners and produced dozens of scholarly publications in clinical, research, and organizational ethics, and the training of health care professionals. His leadership skills and program development experience include enhancing humanistic qualities in health professionals through focused curriculum structures, using systems management to foster compassionate patient care at the end of life, and enhancing professional and organizational integrity through integrated ethics programs. Dr. Reitemeier has more than twenty years experience teaching and learning alongside undergraduate and graduate health professional students, bio-ethicists, health care administrators, and liberal arts students.

    In the local community Dr. Reitemeier is an executive officer in the Greater Grand Rapids End of Life Coalition, and an active contributor to Rockford Community Education offering courses in advance care planning. He is an active leader in the Boy Scouts, and a member of Christ Community Church in Spring Lake, MI. He is married and the proud father of three perfect children.

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