OER Ambassadors 2016

The 2016 UNH OER Ambassadors are committed to making substantive changes to their courses through the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and advancing the OER conversation across campus by sharing their experiences with colleagues.


Mark J. Bonica – College of Health and Human Services, Department of Health Management and Policy

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. Mark holds a PhD in Economics, an MBA, an MS in Finance, and a BA in Philosophy and English.


Marieka Brouwer Burg – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology

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. As an educator, she is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals. To facilitate this process, Marieka has integrated various digital technologies and media into her classrooms and curricula. She was an early adopter of open source educational outlets such as Prezi, as well as BYOD (bring your own device) student assessment tools (e.g., Socrative, TopHat, and Nearpod).


Claire-Hélène Gaudissart – College Liberal Arts, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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. Over my years of teaching language classes at UNH, I experienced the changes that technology brought to college learning and how it influenced my teaching style and methods. I also noticed (with dismay) how expensive traditional language-learning material can be. Thus, the UNH OER project is very exciting to me: using OER in my courses will allow me to customize the material to my needs, my style of teaching, and more importantly, to my students’ needs. It will also help me expose my students to engaging and current material….at no cost to them.


John Gibson – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Math and Statistics

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 channelflow.org 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. He is recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.


Elizabeth Hebbard – College Liberal Arts, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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. In all of her classes, Liz enjoys using digital tools and OER materials to bring the study of French out of the textbook and into the familiar world of apps and devices that students use on a daily basis, as well as to bring the Francophone world, its native speakers, and their culture into the classroom. With the help of this grant, Liz and her colleague Emilie Talpin will be developing a year-long OER intermediate French sequence.


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. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including the Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe, Editor & Publisher and USA Today. She contributed chapters to A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics and, along with Mike Pride, co-authored We Went to War: New Hampshire Remembers. She's a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association, was a member of the 2015 Pulitzer jury for local reporting and serves as the New England regional captain for the Journalism and Women Symposium. Meg holds a BA in English from UNH and an MA in journalism from Northeastern University.


Patricia Jarema – College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, Department of Biological Sciences and Agriculture

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. More recently, she has focused on inclusion of quantitative reasoning across courses in the life sciences.


Sofia Lemons – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Computer Science

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. As a part of the Ambassador program, she hopes to integrate OER into her course and model for students how the open licenses they learn about in her class can be used and how a professional can contribute to such communities and projects.


Donald Plante – University of New Hampshire - Manchester, Division of Science and Technology

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. He strongly believes that the use of open educational resources in the classroom is the way of the future and looks forward to their continued advancements.


Jennifer Purrenhage – College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources and Environment

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. I teach a large ETS Discovery course (NR 435: Contemporary Conservation Issues) and an International Affairs course (IA 401), and beginning next academic year, I’ll be teaching 2 new courses (Wildlife Research Techniques & Does Extinction Matter?). I was a UNH OER Ambassador this past year, and I’m eager to expand my use of OER with new projects and new courses this year.


Phil Ramsey – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Math and Statistics

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. Phil also provides full service statistical training and consulting in all levels of Six Sigma, as well as comprehensive training in Design of Experiments and Predictive Analytics.


Anna Sandstrom – College Liberal Arts, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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. I am currently a Principal Lecturer of French in LLC, and teach 400- through 600-level courses in language, culture, conversation, and writing. While I still pass around the occasional euro coin in class, I’m eager to work toward 21st-century virtual language immersion using the wealth of OER materials we now have at our fingertips.


Emilie Talpin – College Liberal Arts, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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.


Sara Withers – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology

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. Her primary goal in becoming an OER Ambassador is to make this Discovery course even more relevant across disciplines, as well as more accessible and engaging to the hundreds of undergraduates who take it every year.


Nan Yi – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Chemical Engineering

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. His teaching methods are based on two concepts: student participation and student identification. Before coming to UNH in August 2015, he taught several courses at Yale, Tufts and WIT.