Scott J. Riley II, PhD, is an Instructor and MS Internship Coordinator in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Scott Riley headshotScott J. Riley II, PhD
Instructor, MS Internship Coordinator, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 N Pine Street, N525
Baltimore, MD 21201

University of Maryland, Baltimore Info:
Office: HSF2-557
Phone Number: 410-706-7947
Hours of Availability: M/W 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Universities at Shady Grove Info:
Office: Building 4 – 4125
Hours of Availability: T/Th 8:00AM – 5:00PM


Postdoctoral, PhD, MS – Not currently recruiting


  • Postdoctoral, APHL-CDC Ronald H. Laessig Newborn Screening Fellowship
  • PhD, Bioinspired Materials Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • BS, Chemistry, Frostburg State University

Courses Taught

PHAR 641 – Technical Writing I

This course will provide a platform for developing technical writing skills focused on identifying common components of academic writing and creating best practice guidelines. Students will be exposed to articles, visualizations, and software to prepare them for writing in their careers. Students will be challenged to review and breakdown academic literature and lead discussions on effective methods of communication. Exercises from this course will build the foundational skills necessary to succeed in PHAR 642 Technical Writing “Chapter II”.

PHAR 642 – Technical Writing II

This course will act as a stage for students to develop their technical writing skills with a focus on academic publication. Students will be exposed to articles, visualizations, and software to prepare them for writing in their careers. Content for class will focus on identifying common components and structure of academic literature, style, writing behavior, and revision. Students will work collaboratively through writing and review sessions to construct quality written works. Exercises from this course will build the advanced skills required to write high level academic documents. Students taking this course will work to create a publishable document.

PHAR 643 – Pharmaceutical Data Science

This course will empower students by developing their data analytics and coding skills focused on solving real world data science problems in the pharmaceutical field. Students will be exposed to analytics, visualization, and coding tools to prepare them for creating their own programs and solving unique problems. Students will be challenged to create simple programs to analyze large data sets, organize data, visualize data, and identify trends or outcomes from the data. Knowledge and skills from previous courses throughout the program will be utilized to answer questions brought forth in this course.

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship Program Director

The PSC Deans Teaching Fellowship is designed to provide graduate students with a unique opportunity to gain practical teaching experience while pursuing their degrees. Students who are awarded the fellowship receive pedagogical training along with hands on experience in graduate courses.

MS Co-Op Coordinator

Riley works collaboratively with industry partners to provide 6-month long Co-Ops that prepare the PSC MS students for their early careers.

Research Interests

Riley’s research interest lies in the integration of digital learning methods, particularly Virtual Reality (VR), into pharmacy education.

Co-Host of Moving the Needle Podcast

Podcast description – When it comes to education these days, there’s a lot to think about: flipped classrooms, instructional technology, accreditation, authentic assessment, copyright, asynchronous learning, multimedia tools, and hybrid learning. Moving the Needle delivers frank conversations with instructors, learners, leaders, and creators about all things teaching and learning. Listen to their stories, learn from hard-won experiences, and let these ideas help you move the needle in your own teaching.