ATI 2016 Ambassadors

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    Angela Barlow

    Dr. Barlow received a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and Gender Studies from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her teaching and research revolves, generally, around topics within criminology, gender, race, deviance, and culture. Current Courses: Criminology; Women and Crime; Research Methods; Sociology of Deviance; Social Problems; Race, Crime, and the Media Read More
  • William Bendix

    William Bendix

    My teaching and research interests are in U.S. politics and security studies, with a focus on Congress, legislative procedures, and homeland security and civil liberties policies. Currently I am working on several papers that examine one-party control of legislative deliberations in the House and Senate. I am particularly interested in the question: Does increasing partisanship lead to the development of increasingly problematic or defective bills? In other words, does the quality of legislation suffer when the majority party excludes minority members from bill drafting? Read More
  • Mark Bonica

    Mark J. Bonica

    Mark J. Bonica is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, CHHS. Mark joined the UNH team in January of 2015 after a 23 year career as a Medical Service Corps officer in the US Army during which he worked in healthcare operations and finance in a wide variety of organizations and locations. Mark is interested in OER as an alternative to textbooks for teaching the management of healthcare organizations. He hopes OER options will help him create more fluid and timely course content that is engaging and meaningful for future healthcare leaders. Read More
  • Marieka Brouwer Burg

    Marieka Brouwer Burg

    Marieka Brouwer Burg is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire. As an active anthropological archaeologist, she investigates the effects of landscape evolution and climate change on human communities in the past, research that informs, complements, and enriches her pedagogical material and approach. Marieka has been teaching archaeology and anthropology courses at UNH since 2012. In addition to classroom instruction, she also engages students in experiential learning semi-annually through the UNH Belize Archaeological Study Abroad Program. Read More
  • Eric Carpenter

    Eric Carpenter

    There’s usually an adjustment period when you take a new job. It takes time to get the lay of the land and get to know a lot of new people. However, that wasn’t the case for Eric Carpenter. Hired this fall to fill a vacancy in Keene State College’s Physical Education Department, Carpenter didn’t need a tour of Spaulding Gym or a meet-and-greet with faculty members. Read More
  • Linda Couture

    Linda Couture

    Twitter: @gmclmc1
    Linda Couture teaches for the School of Education at Granite State College.  She has 24 year experience in the field of education and this is her second year teaching online courses. Her goal is to enhance the ability to foster student enthusiasm and participation in in their online course work. Read More
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    Steve Covello

    Twitter: idmodule
    I earned my MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation at Syracuse University, and have been with GSC since June 2011. My background is in video production/post-production and in WordPress website development. At GSC, I design and develop interactive multimedia and work with faculty on developing rich media skills for their online courses. Read More
  • Amber Davisson

    Amber Davisson is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Keene State College. She is the author of Lady Gaga and the Remaking of Celebrity Culture (McFarland, 2013) and the co-editor of Controversies in Digital Rhetoric (Bloomsbury, 2016). Her interdisciplinary scholarship on identity, politics, and digital technology has appeared in such journals as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Journal of Media & Digital Literacy, Journal of Visual Literacy, and the American Communication Journal. Read More
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    Robin DeRosa

    Twitter: actualham
    Robin DeRosa is the Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative and a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at PSU. In addition to serving as an Open Education Ambassador for the AT Open Education Initiative, Robin regularly visits other colleges and universities to work with faculty on Connected Learning and Open Pedagogy, and advocate nationally for using Open Ed to develop a vision for public higher education in the U.S.  Her advocacy for Open Education and Connected Learning are a driving force at PSU and the academic community at large. Read More
  • Kathy DesRoches, Ed.D.

    Kathy DesRoches

    Dr. Kathy DesRoches joined Granite State College in April 2016 as the Program Director for MS in Leadership and senior faculty member. Kathy earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State College. Prior to joining GSC, she worked as the workforce development director at Manchester Community College, and the Director of Education Programs at UNH LTAP Center. Read More
  • Fitni Destani

    Fitni Destani

    Fitni Destani is an associate professor in Human Performance and Movement Sciences at Keene State College. Degrees and Credentials: BA Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara; MA Sports Science, San Francisco State University; PhD Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport, The University of Utah Read More
  • Jennifer Ditkoff

    Jennifer Ditkoff

    Professor Ditkoff received a Masters in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Her teaching and research interests include pedagogy and technology integration, freedom of access to information, knowledge creation as a means to build community and engaged citizenship, and open education in the field of information studies. Current Courses: ITW Banned Books; Participatory Cultures   Read More
  • Sherry Dumais

    Sherry Dumais

    Twitter: @mydogPaco
    Sherry is a Registered Nurse and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College.  She teaches courses in Health Care Management, Finance and Bioethics.  Working most of her career in acute care settings, she has held administrative and staff positions.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Rivier College and MBA with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Northeastern University. Read More
  • Pat Erwin-Ploog

    Patricia Erwin-Ploog

    I have served as a faculty member at GSC since the early 1990s, and received the College's 2001 Faculty Teaching Award, I has developed curriculum, served on a number of College committees, and was GSC's first librarian. In 2010 I made the move to teaching more for GSC and embarked on reinvigorating library services. In my work as the College Librarian my goal is to provide a student-focused library experience. Read More
  • Claire-Hélène Gaudissart

    Claire-Hélène Gaudissart

    Born and raised in France, I studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and completed a Master’s degree in linguistics. I taught French and German in France before moving to the United States. I’ve been working at UNH as a Lecturer in the French department for nearly 25 years. My interest in linguistics and languages also lead me to do some contract work as a translator, interpret, and linguist for language learning software. Read More
  • John Gibson

    John Gibson

    John Gibson is an Assistant Professor in the UNH Department of Mathematics and Statistics. His research concerns coherent structures in turbulence, very-high-dimensional dynamical systems, and scientific computation. Dr. Gibson is the primary developer of the open-source software system for computational fluid dynamics. His educational efforts center on promoting open software and courseware systems in science and engineering. Dr. Gibson holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Mechanics from Cornell University. Read More
  • Elliott Gruner

    Elliott Gruner teaches writing, rhetoric, literature, film, and culture. He has chaired PSU’s General Education Committee and is a past President of PSU’s Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. He also serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Assessment Advisory Group as well as other faculty and institutional organizations. He led the Composition program for five years at PSU. He developed, taught, and supervised preparatory, undergraduate, and graduate level courses in writing, communications, literature and composition at four other colleges. Read More
  • Cynthia Hays

    Cynthia Hays

    I am a marine evolutionary ecologist and a teacher. My goal is (1) to conduct research that provides meaningful insight into how populations function and evolve in variable environments (see below), and (2) to use this work as a platform for teaching undergraduates about experimental ecology and the scientific method. Read More
  • Elizabeth Hebbard

    Elizabeth Hebbard

    Liz Hebbard is a Lecturer in French at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, while finishing her PhD at Yale University in medieval French and Occitan literature. Liz teaches intermediate French and upper division literature courses at UNH. Liz is also a participant in the UNH Language Resource Center's workshop series on using the iPad as a teaching resource. Read More
  • Meg Heckman

    Meg Heckman

    Meg Heckman – College Liberal Arts, Department of English Meg Heckman is a digital explorer who teaches journalism in the English Department at UNH and writes about gender, politics and technology. As a lecturer in the journalism program, Meg leads classes on reporting, editing, digital storytelling and media entrepreneurship. Last year, she co-produced UNH's first MOOC and participated in a pilot project for Canvas, the university's new learning management system. Read More
  • Patrick Hickey

    Patrick Hickey

    Patrick utilizes his extensive experience in the K-12 setting as a former Pittsburgh Public School teacher to provide authentic learning experiences for students in Keene State College’s Educator Preparation programs. His research interests primarily focus on the infusion of creativity in the classroom in multiple formats including digital storytelling and digital video. He currently teaches Participatory Cultures and Visual Literacy in the College’s new Information Studies minor. Read More
  • Patricia Jarema

    Patricia Jarema

    Dr. Patty Jarema is a Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) teaching undergraduate courses in biostatistics, research methods, and ecology. She holds a BS in Natural Resources Conservation and Fisheries from the University of Massachusetts, an MS in Resources Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Sciences also from the University of New Hampshire. Her research has examined social-ecological systems in relation to environmental quality. Read More
  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Elisabeth Johnston

     Elisabeth Johnston teaches Inquiry, Integration, and Problem Solving in the Primary Grades, Primary Grade (K-3) Practicum, K-3 Student Teaching Seminar, and K-3 Student Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom. Dr. Johnston earned her BS in Elementary Education and her MA in Education from the University of Connecticut and received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Texas. Read More
  • Sofia Lemons

    Sofia Lemons

    Sofia is a Lecturer in Computer Science with a background in artificial intelligence and math education. She currently teaches a course on social and legal issues around the Internet in which students learn about, among other things, Creative Commons and open source licenses. She has contributed to multiple open source initiatives such as Google's Summer of Code. Through organizations such as Girls Who Code, Sofia works to make Computer Science a field which is powered by the ideas of a broader and more inclusive community. Read More
  • George Matthews

    George Matthews

    George Matthews is originally from New York City, but lived most of his adult life in rural Pennsylvania and now is a resident of New Hampshire. He studied sculpture at Pratt Institute as an undergraduate and then philosophy at the Loyola University of Chicago, where he earned his Masters degree in 1990 and at the Pennsylvania State University, where he completed his PhD in 1996 with a dissertation on nineteenth century German philosophy. While he was a graduate student at Penn State he spent three semesters abroad as a Fulbright scholar in the newly independent Republic of Slovenia. Read More
  • Barbara McCahan

    Barbara McCahan

    Dr. McCahan brings an educational background in biological sciences together with 30 years of experience in health and physical activity leadership to her teaching, research and regional outreach activities.  In line with the Center’s mission – to enhance active living, health and wellness of rural residents in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and North Country – McCahan’s activities focus on understanding the social and cultural influences on health and physical activity behaviors. Read More
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    Emily McGill-Rutherford

    Emily received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2015.  Her research areas are social/political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and ethics. Her current courses include Logical Argumentation, Ethics, Political Philosophy, and The Politics of Multiculturalism. Her current research projects explore how injustice affects the autonomy of the oppressed, and how liberal political theory can function to eliminate this oppression.  She is the co-author of "Stoicism, Feminism and Autonomy" (2014) and the co-editor of Grotius and Law (2014).   Read More
  • MaryBeth McNicholas

    MaryBeth McNicholas

    Twitter: @mbmcnicholas
    MaryBeth has been a part-time instructor in the MSPM program at Granite State College since 2012.  In 2015, MB was a key participant in the process for the MSPM program to attain the PMI GAC accreditation, an elite professional project management accreditation held by only 27 post graduate institutions in the United States.  She brings a over 25 years of IT consulting consulting experience to the classroom, managing primarily large ERP programs and Health Care and Life Science client engagements. Read More
  • Robert McPherson

    Robert McPherson

    I have thirty years of managerial, operational, business development, and consultative experience in the corporate environment.  My corporate experience has included assignments in Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development, Corporate Change Initiatives, and Business Planning and Research.  In addition, I have conducted and facilitated seminars in Team Building and Leadership Training. Read More
  • Melissa “Missy” A. Muszynski

    Melissa “Missy” A. Muszynski

    I was born and raised in Manchester, NH and love The Granite State! I received my BA from Bridgewater State College (Now Bridgewater State University) in Bridgewater, Massachusetts in Communication and Public Relations. Shortly after, I moved to the Hawai’i (Oahu) and worked at the University of Hawai'i's East-West Center. I moved back to New England to work on my Master's Degree at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, earning my degree in English, Professional Writing. Read More
  • Caroline Osteen

    Caroline Osteen

    Caroline has spent the majority of her career in administration and human resources. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009. Caroline then went on to pursue an administrative career in Public Health. She achieved a Master’s in Public Health Certificate in 2012 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 2013 both from the University of New Hampshire. For the past 5 years, Caroline worked at The Department of Veteran Affairs Hospital in Administration. Read More
  • Donald Plante

    Donald Plante

    Donald J. Plante is a Lecturer and Program Coordinator of Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. In addition to teaching, he conducts research in the area of mathematics called fractal geometry. After receiving a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts University, Donald joined the UNH faculty in Spring 2012. He is currently engaged in the creation of online mathematics tutorials and is using a flipped classroom approach in many of his classes. Read More
  • Jennifer Purrenhage

    Jennifer Purrenhage

    I have a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Ecology & Conservation Biology, and I came to UNH as a research postdoc in 2009 (focus: amphibian ecology). I am now a Lecturer in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. I am always working to enhance my students’ online and classroom experience (down to the tiniest details), and I believe using OER in my courses supports this goal. Read More
  • Phil Ramsey

    Phil Ramsey

    Philip J. Ramsey, Ph.D. is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNH. Phil has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Virginia Tech. Among his areas of expertize are Design of Experiments and Predictive Analytics. He has held the following relevant industrial positions: Senior Engineer for Materials and Processes Development, McDonnell Douglas, St. Louis, MO; Staff Scientist/Statistician, Alcoa Technical Center, Pittsburgh, PA; and Statistician/Senior Engineer, Rohm & Haas Electronic Materials (now Dow), Marlboro, MA. Read More
  • Kimberly Ritchie

    Kimberly Ritchie

    Kimberly Ritchie is the Coordinator of the Printmaking Program and Assistant Professor of Art at Plymouth State University.  Ritchie teaches within the Printmaking Program as well as a variety of other classes within the Art Department.  Ritchie received her Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  Ritchie’s artistic practice focuses on an array of environmental issues. Read More
  • Joseph Rino

    Professor Rino teaches courses in Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on the Child in Society. His Open Education project proposal is to replace current textbooks with OER: gather course material that already resides in the public domain, 2. develop or adapt modules that will support our students’ ability to make sense of relevant course material and apply their knowledge to their field of study, giving us a resource that will not go out of print or vary with later editions beyond our intended use, 3. Read More
  • Anna Sandstrom

    Anna Sandstrom

    As a professional educator for 25 years, I have taught all levels of language acquisition courses at a number of institutions. When I arrived at UNH in 1998 one of the first courses I taught was Elementary French. At that point in time, my use of realia in the classroom consisted of actual physical objects I’d brought back from France, such as magazines, coins, and subway tickets. I worked as coordinator of this year-long Elementary course for 15 years, while serving as mentor and coordinator of our native-speaker teaching assistants. Read More
  • Meagan Shedd

    Meagan Shedd

    Meagan Shedd teaches undergraduate courses in language and literacy development and courses that offer collaboration with the Center for Young Children and Families . She also teaches the Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession course and has taught a graduate course in Research Design. She has teaching interests in school readiness, including nutrition, health, and safety. Her research interests include the development of young children and how it can be supported in early childhood education environments and preservice teacher preparation, particularly literacy development. Read More
  •  Kristin Stelmok

    Kristin Stelmok

    Twitter: krissystella
     Kristin Stelmok is a Graduate Assistant in the English Department at Plymouth State University.   Read More
  • Hilary Swank

      Hilary Swank came to PSU in 2011 after completing a postdoctoral position at New York University. At PSU she teaches courses in human development and history and philosophy of education. In the past, her research has focused on two main areas: children’s cognitive development and math learning, and the history of U.S. elementary school reading and mathematics textbooks. Recently, she has begun a research partnership with the NH Department of Education and the NH Afterschool Network. Read More
  • Emilie Talpin

    Emilie Talpin

    Emilie Talpin is a French Lecturer at the University of New Hampshire.  Her main research interests focus on the use of the technology in the language classroom and flipping courses.  She has developed a series of grammar videos, modeling the Khan Academy flipped classroom, and is leading a series of workshops on the Instructor’s use of iPads, under the sponsorship of the Language Resource Center at UNH.  She already developed an OER course last year for Review of French, and this year she will be working on a two-semester Intermediate course with her colleague Liz Hebbard. Read More
  • Sara Withers

    Sara Withers

    Sara Withers is a Lecturer in Anthropology. As part of earning her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Brandeis University in 2009, Sara conducted fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico. Since then, her research and applied work have focused on the lives of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire. Sara regularly teaches classes including: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America, Medical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, and multiple sections of the large lecture course, Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: Introduction to Anthropology. Read More
  • Nan Yi

    Nan Yi

    Nan Yi is an assistant professor of chemical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Tufts University in 2012, where his research focused on energy and the environment, particularly designing robust and efficient catalysts for C1 molecules conversion such as methane and carbon dioxide. Beyond the lab, he is also interested in scientific teaching and curriculum development. His teaching passion started during a year long scientific teaching fellow program at Yale University, where he completed his postdoctoral research. Read More