January 2015 Event Ambassadors

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    Karen Cangialosi

    Twitter: karencang
    I am a professor of biology at Keene State College. I teach Animal Behavior, Evolution and Human Behavior, Tropical Marine Biology, Invertebrate Zoology and Ecology & Evolution. I run a coral reef monitoring program in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and do research on spider behavior. I have spearheaded a movement to use OER in several Biology courses in our department. For the past few semesters, I have incorporated methods of Open Pedagogy in my courses. Recently I served as a Faculty Fellow in the KSC Faculty Enrichment program where I facilitated a learning community on Open Pedagogy and helped to organize an Open Education speaker series. Read More
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    Laurie Chapman-Bosco

    I've been involved in the equine industry for over 30 years and have been teaching at the Thompson School for over 21 years. My favorite classes are the ones that take place in the barn and the best experiences are when students "get it", whether it's riding, longeing, bandaging or trotting the triangle with their horse in preparation for the Little Royal Show. Working with motivated students who truly appreciate the joy and wonder of working with horses is the highlight of my day. Read More
  • Drew Conroy

    Professor Conroy has been teaching people how to handle and work with farm animals for 30 years at the college level. Broadly trained in agriculture, he teaches 7 different Animal Science courses at the University of New Hampshire, with CREAM being his most well-known course. See: https://colsa.unh.edu/tsas/cream A two-time Fulbright Scholar, his teaching and research has taken him to Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Read More
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    Jenny Darrow

    Twitter: gobman
    Jenny Darrow is Director of Digital Learning and has been collaborating with faculty on web-enabled projects for over 15 years. Jenny works with faculty to design strategies that are centered on sound pedagogy and she is a passionate advocate of using digital tools to help students learn. Her current interests are Open Education and how the resulting ethos of DIY (do-it-yourself) supports student empowerment. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology (MAT-T) degree from Marlboro College Graduate School in 2000.  In her free time, she enjoys finding new running trails, adventures in the mountains and hanging out with her son and husband. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Robert Henry

    Bio: Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Past Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Science, Past Chair of Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty member at UNH since 1980 My Instructional Challenge: I would like to explore putting more material into a flipped classroom environment and thus spend more time working on example problems in the face-to-face class time. Read More
  • Mark Jewell

    Mark Jewell is an Adjunct Instructor in the Graduate Leadership Studies at Granite State College. His management experience spans over 32 years in both for-profit and non-profit settings. In addition, he has 15-plus years teaching at various colleges throughout New Hampshire; predominately in the field of Organizational Management, Leadership, and Human Service Systems. Mark's teaching philosophy is to bring a realistic perspective of practice to the classroom, coupled with the philosophy and foundations of organizational theory and management. Read More
  • Paula Lombardi

    Paula Lombardi

    I am a veteran, (32 years) special education teacher and adjunct faculty at Granite State College School of Education since 2008. Presently, I am the Lead Faculty for the School of Education’s Elementary and General Special Education Teacher Certification Program. I develop curriculum and Moodle courses, supervise faculty and teach courses in the School of Education. I am also the Granite State College faculty representative to the University System of NH, Academic Technology Institute, (ATI). Read More
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    Dennis Martino

    Bio: Dennis is the former Director of the NH Bureau of Education and Training where he ran the NH Certified Public Manager Program. He has taught leadership courses on the graduate level at several colleges. Prior to his current academic work he had twenty-one years’ experience in Labor Relations as a union advocate and contract negotiator. His teaching philosophy or approach is summed up as creating a partnership between the mentor and the learner. 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
  • Sarah Prescott

    Twitter: drsarahgrace
    Bio: Dr. Sarah Prescott is Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Science and Technology Division. In addition to teaching, she conducts research in comparative genomics and the use of case based approaches to learning. After receiving a B.S. in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from UNH, and a Ph.D. in Genetics also from UNH, Dr. Prescott joined the UNH Manchester full-time faculty in September 2006. Dr. 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