Keynote Speaker & Presenters

Keynote Speaker Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is a writer and independent scholar specializing in education technology - its products, its politics, its pedagogical implications. She has worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Audrey is the writer and owner of Hack Education, a blog containing articles on "The History of the Future of Education Technology." In her own words, she is an "education writer, an independent scholar, a serial dropout, a rabble-rouser, and ed-tech's Cassandra." @audreywatters

Keynote Address: "All Watch Over with Machines of Loving Grace": Care and the Cybernetic University
Richard Brautigan's 1967 poem envisions a world in which cybernetics have advanced enough that human labor is no longer necessary. But what would a mechanized future of education mean? As universities are pressed to adopt more technology, to automate more tasks, to utilize more analytics, what practices and values will be prioritized? This talk will look at the history of cybernetics and education, particularly at those who resisted this surrender to surveillance, computer power, and technological inevitability.


Drew Conroy, University of New Hampshire

Drew Conroy is a Professor and Program Coordinator in Applied Animal Science at the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire, and an ATI 2018 Ambassador. 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: A two-time Fulbright Scholar, his teaching and research has taken him to Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. At UNH his teaching focus is dairy cattle, but his work in Africa has led to his role in mentoring many UNH students studying in that region. Finally, he is one of the foremost authorities on draft oxen in the world having written books, book chapters, articles and consulted for the movie industry on the use and training of oxen. He would like to combine his skills, experiences and endless photos of cattle to put together OER resources for students and farmers all over the world to use in selecting and judging cattle. Email Drew at

Karen Cangialosi, Keene State College

Dr. Karen Cangialosi is Professor of Biology and Open Education Faculty Fellow at Keene State College. She frequently does presentations and workshops about OER, Open Pedagogy and Open Science at higher education institutions across the U.S. and beyond. At KSC, Karen facilitates an Open pedagogy faculty learning community, and is co-leader of KSC Open, a Domain of One’s Own campus project. Karen spearheaded a movement to replace traditional textbooks with OER and other freely available resources for almost all KSC biology courses; and she incorporates methods of Open Pedagogy in all of her own courses. She is also an active collaborator with QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis) and works towards addressing challenges of sustainability of Biology OER and the incorporation of OEP (Open Educational Practices) in STEM. Because of her commitment to transparent, widely collaborative practices of scientific investigation designed to serve the public, she integrates the principles and practices of Open Science into her courses and the undergraduate Biology curriculum at KSC.  She also runs a youth education and coral reef monitoring program in the Turks and Caicos Islands contributing to an open international reef survey database.  Read more about Karen at her website:  Email Karen at

Phil Lonergan, Plymouth State University

Phil Longergan is a Professor of Art and Director of the Sculpture Program at Plymouth State University, and an ATI 2019 Ambassador. Phil Lonergan is a Professor of Art and the director of the Sculpture program at Plymouth State University. He received an MFA from SUNY-Albany, and a BA in Psychology from St. Thomas College in Minnesota. Phil spent two years as a boat builder in Sweden, several years as a furniture builder in New England, and a year in Australia mining opals before getting his graduate degree in Sculpture. Recently, Phil has shown his work at the Linus Gallery and LH Horton Jr. Gallery, both in California, the Tangent Gallery in Michigan, and the Rezny Gallery in Kentucky, along with exhibitions in New Hampshire with the AVA Gallery and with the New England Sculptors’ Association. Phil has spent time traveling throughout Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, and Poland. He and his family now live in Campton, New Hampshire in a solar-powered house that he built a few years ago. Phil enjoys ice climbing, making films, and moving heavy things around his studio with a forklift.  Email Phil at

Julie Robinson, Community College System of New Hampshire

Julie is currently an Associate Professor of Biological Science at River Valley Community College and an ATI 2019 ambassador.  In addition, she also serves as Department Chair for Science & Technology, as well as overseeing the biological science degree.  She started her education career 17 years ago teaching music in elementary and middle school, then moved to teaching science in middle and high school.  She’s been teaching college level sciences, clinical application courses, and bioethics for the last 12 years.  Julie holds a BA in pre-med/music from College of the Holy Cross and a professional doctorate in chiropractic from Sherman College of Chiropractic.  Her primary teaching responsibilities are in Anatomy & Physiology courses, for which she hopes to deploy OER/ORR materials for Fall 2020.  She is passionately dedicated to perfecting the art and science of teaching, so she spends a significant amount of time discovering new ideas and educational research to work toward this goal. Email Julie at


Stephen Pimpare, University of New Hampshire

Stephen Pimpare is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy. Prior to joining UNH in 2015, where he teaches courses on American politics and public policy for the Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership Program and is a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, he served as a senior-level administrator for anti-hunger organizations in New York City, and taught at the City University of New York, NYU, and Columbia University. His second book, A People's History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association “for demonstrating how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.” His most recent book is Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen (Oxford University Press 2017), a history of poverty and homelessness in the movies. Professor Pimpare is host of the New Books Network’s Public Policy Channel, a Consulting Editor for the journal Social Work, and founding director of the UNHM Center for Community Engagement and Experiential Learning. He is currently at work on Politics for Social Workers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Effecting Change for Columbia University Press. Email Stephen at


Carolyn Cormier, Granite State College

Carolyn Cormier has had the pleasure of working with the Granite State team since 2014, first as an Elementary Education course instructor and Field Placement Faculty member and most recently as the Associate Dean for the School of Education.  She is also an ATI 2017 Ambassador. Carolyn has experience in elementary school leadership, instructional design and curriculum alignment, technology integration, and supervision and evaluation of pedagogy.  She is passionate about making connections with others and believes that trusting relationships create an essential foundation for learning.  In her free time she enjoys running, reading, and spending time in the lakes region with her husband and three children. Email Carolyn at



Emily Gannon, Granite State College

Emily Gannon serves as a Field Placement Faculty member for the Granite State College School of Education and is an ATI 2017 Ambassador.  She helps teacher candidates with the clinical side of their coursework, primarily in Cheshire and Hillsborough counties, and also provides support for candidates seeking ETI (Education Technology Integrator) certification. Emily earned her Bachelor's Degree in American Studies and minored in Educational Studies and received a Master's degree in Elementary Education at Boston University.  She taught first and fourth grade in southern NH and became certified as a Curriculum Administrator. She is incredibly passionate about effectively integrating technology in the classroom and has participated in pilot studies on the Flipped Classroom and has worked with Google Play for Education. Email Emily at


Robin DeRosa, Plymouth State University

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. Email Robin at



Lia Horton, Granite State College

Lia Horton is certified in open licensing by the Creative Commons. She holds a master of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Lia enjoys working with faculty to increase adoption of low-cost educational materials. After ten years teaching information literacy and research skills in college libraries, her favorite part of being a librarian is helping students achieve their goals. Email Lia at




Christin Wixson, Plymouth State University

Christin Wixson is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Plymouth State University's Lamson Library, where she has worked since 2011.  She has her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.  She gets to work with undergraduate and graduate students across the university in her roles as an instruction and reference librarian.  As the Scholarly Communication Librarian she takes an interest in the systems we use to create, evaluate, disseminate and preserve research and other scholarly writing.  She is particularly interested in promoting understanding of copyright and helping faculty and students make informed decisions about the copyrighted works they create and use. Email Christin at


Deb Baker, Community College System of New Hampshire

Deb Baker is Library Director at Manchester Community College. She earned her MLIS from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She’s a student in University of Edinburgh’s online MSc program in Science Communication and Public Engagement. Her research interests include library impact on student success and information literacy as a catalyst for confidence. She is committed to expanding open educational practices in community colleges, and supports faculty as they create or incorporate OERs and open pedagogy in their courses. Deb believes that if people can search for, find, evaluate and use information effectively and responsibly, they can do anything.
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