James Takacs joined CUTR as a Traffic Safety Outreach Specialist. He earned a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University, and he has a strong commitment to adult learning theory and learning style research. He is interested and involved in motorcycle safety training and research; Dr. Takacs has over 10 years of experience as an effective MSF Certified RiderCoach.
He started in the FDU Motorcycle Safety Education Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey and worked with the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) at Tobyhanna. In 2006, he relocated to Tampa and joined the ranks of Tampa Harley-Davidson as a Rider’s Edge Instructor where he has taught both New Rider Courses (NRC) and Experience Rider Courses (ERC) at the dealership. In early 2015, he became trained in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s updated curriculum and continues to teach as a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Coach. Dr. Takacs has a wide variety of experience in transportation, technology, teaching, research, and curriculum development. He is heavily involved in program outreach and in designing and disseminating safety training education materials for the Motorcycle Injury Prevention Institute.