Meet the OER Ambassadors 2018

The 2018 UNH OER Ambassadors are committed to making substantive changes to their courses through the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Education Practices.  OER Ambassadors will also take an active role in advancing the Open Education conversation across campus by sharing their experiences with colleagues.


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Mary Banach – College of Health & Human Services, Department of Social Work

Mary is an an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, CHHS. Mary began teaching after practicing as a social worker in NYC for many years. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students primarily in social work practice courses, as well as social work supervision. Her past research interests include examining the effectiveness of group work for parents of children with disabilities and decision making in child welfare. The current focus of her research involves exploring successful teaching strategies to help students learn and confidently master social work practice skills. She looks forward to using OER in courses for timely and current materials and would like to explore ways that OER can be used within professional organizations such as the National Association of Social Work (NASW). Mary has been and is currently on the NASW board. She has a D.S.W from Columbia University and a M.S.W. from New York University.


Cristy Beemer – College of Liberal Arts, Department of English

Dr. Cristy Beemer is an Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of the Professional and Technical Writing Program, and incoming Director of Composition at the University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Beemer’s research focuses on feminist rhetoric in classical, early modern, and contemporary contexts. She has published articles in Peitho, Rhetoric Review, and Teaching English at a Two-Year College, among others. Dr. Beemer is currently working on her book project, From the Margins of Healthcare: Breast Cancer and the Rhetoric of the Online Peer-to-Peer Healthcare Community. This work is a deeply personal exploration of a unique rhetorical space where first-hand accounts of cancer treatment form an instructive avenue of inquiry in medical care and create a virtual, global community of women writers contributing to wellness through shared experience, language, support, advice, and humor.


Holly Cashman – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Holly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures at the University of New Hampshire. A sociolinguist, she researches language, gender, and sexuality, particularly related to Spanish/English bilingualism and Latinxs in the U.S. Since coming to UNH in 2008, Holly has taught at all levels of the Spanish program. Holly has completed FITSI twice, most recently in summer 2017; she is excited about finding tools for leaving language textbooks behind as part of a commitment to making the language classroom a more inclusive space, and to facilitate students making connections between their developing language skills to their academic interests and personal/professional goals. As an OER ambassador, her goal is to re-imagine the elementary Spanish sequence (401-402) using Open Education Resources and Open Pedagogy in order to weave into the curriculum three interdisciplinary themes that will tie into strengths across the UNH curriculum: sustainability, citizenship, and communication.


Drew Conroy – Thompson School of Applied Science

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. .

Devkamal Dutta – Paul College of Business and Economics, Department of Management

Devkamal (Dev) Dutta is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in the Management Department at the University of New Hampshire. His research and teaching focus at the intersection of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially the way these concepts apply at the firm and ecosystem levels. Dev has over twenty-five research publications in his field in peer-reviewed journals as well as books and research monographs. He also holds national certifications as an academic coach and facilitator in the domains of technology entrepreneurship, innovator mindset, and design thinking. Before joining academia, Dev worked for fifteen years as a corporate strategy consultant in some of the largest Indian multinationals in the IT industry. 


Kristen C. Johnson – University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Biotechnology

I am an Assistant Professor of Biotechnology in Manchester. My passion in education is fostering students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills. As such, I incorporate many opportunities for this throughout my lecture and lab classes and in the mentoring of students in my laboratory research on pancreatic cancer. CUREs are a mainstay of the laboratory experiences in my courses, and I incorporate a significant amount of primary literature reading in my lecture classes. In fact, this spring, I have an entire cancer biology seminar course centered upon students reading primary research articles. Finally, most of the content that I teach is on the cutting edge of biotechnology and, therefore, I tend to stray away from traditional textbooks and rely heavily on online content.

Pamela Kallmerten

Pamela Kallmerten – College of Health & Human Services, Department of Nursing

Pamela Kallmerten has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing since 2012. She has been a registered nurse for over 35 years and a nurse educator for over 20 years. Pam completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at UNH in 2016 and is currently a PhD student at Duquesne University. Her research interests include the use of academic technology as well as health information technology to optimize health care delivery and improve patient care. Current plans include utilizing Open Educational Resources to refine the current Introduction to Telehealth course as well as develop a course with a focus on the practical application of telehealth for students in the College of Health and Human Services. The emphasis on healthcare informatics is crucial to meet the needs of our consumers in the rapidly changing healthcare landscape.


Kyle Maclea – University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Biological Sciences

Kyle MacLea is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. As a teacher, his primary areas of interest include microbiology and molecular biology, with a focus on laboratory instruction and course-based undergraduate research. As a scholar, his two main areas of laboratory investigation are (1) understanding the biochemical basis of inheritance of infectious proteins called prions in the baker’s yeast, and (2) utilizing genomic and bioinformatics techniques to analyze and understand the genetic makeup of new, uncharacterized bacterial species.


Matthew Magnusson – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Computer Science

Matthew Magnusson is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, CEPS. Matthew currently teaches course work in software development fundamentals, computer architecture, and business process automation. Mathew is interested in OER as an alternative to textbooks for teaching software programming fundamentals. He hopes OER will help provide quality content to benefit student learning while reducing overall cost to students. Matthew holds a Masters of Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the Peter T. Paul School at UNH.

Ivaylo Petrov Nedyalkov

Ivaylo Petrov Nedyalkov – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ivaylo Nedyalkov (Ivo) received his BS in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, his MS in Applied Mechanics from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UNH. Since his graduation in 2015 he has been a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Ivo's teaching and research interests are in the field of thermo-fluid sciences, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He has experience in using an open source software for CFD (OpenFOAM) and has been developing educational materials for the software. He plans on using OER for the mathematical, physical, and computational aspects of the CFD class he teaches. He will also be steering the class projects towards developing new open source features and/or writing OpenFOAM tutorials, which are heavily relied on in the open-source CFD community.


Melinda Negrón-Gonzales – University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Business, Politics & Security Studies

Melinda Negrón-Gonzales is Associate Professor of political science and Program Coordinator of the Politics and Society Program in Manchester. She has taught at UNH since fall 2008 and teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics. Negrón-Gonzales's research interests span the following areas: international affairs, Turkish Studies, humanitarian intervention/responsibility to protect, social movements and democratization. She is currently working on research concerning counter-terrorism policy and democratization in Turkey. ​She has not yet experimented with Open Pedagogy/Open Education Practices, though her courses always include peer learning, collaborative projects and information literacy activities. Hence, Open Pedagogy seems like the logical next step to incorporate more active learning activities and more knowledge sharing. ​


Anissa Poleatewich – College of Life Sciences & Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems

Anissa Poleatewich is an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Interactions with teaching interests in plant pathology and pest management. Her research focuses on the use of host resistance and biological control to manage plant diseases and the role microbes play in plant health. Since her arrival to UNH in 2017, Anissa has taught “Mushrooms, Molds and Mildews” and “Plant-Microbe Interactions”. Anissa received her Ph.D. and MS in Plant Pathology from Penn State University. Before coming to New Hampshire, Anissa worked as a Research Scientist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario Canada conducting applied research for greenhouse ornamental and vegetable production systems. Anissa has been involved in several teaching outreach activities including development of teaching webinars for new plant pathology faculty and co-development of a workshop to communicate research findings on assessment of concepts, skills, and employer expectations for plant pathology foundational courses.


Laurie Shaffer – University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Communication Arts & Science

Laurie R. Shaffer is a lecturer in the American Sign Language-English Interpreting program. She holds a BA from Hamilton College with a major in Fine Arts, a MS from Syracuse University in Education of Deaf Children and is currently a doctoral candidate at Gallaudet University. Her research in American Sign Language-English Interpreting is based on Smith’s Institutional Ethnography and examines interpreters in the healthcare context. Laurie has been an active practitioner of interpreting for 27 years as well an educator. She joined the UNH-M faculty in January 2017. She looks forward to using OER in her courses as a way to bring cutting edge research in her field into the classroom and practice.


Stephan Shipe – Paul College of Business and Economics, Department of Accounting & Finance

Stephan Shipe is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from Florida State University in 2016 with a focus on corporate finance. His research interests include agency conflicts, cash holdings, corporate governance, and compensation. He currently teaches the undergraduate Introduction to Financial Management course as well as a Big Data in Finance course at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


Kelsey Sobel – College of Health & Human Services, Department of Social Work

Kelsey Sobel is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and is the Field Coordinator for the Online MSW program at UNH. Her interests include medical Social Work as well as positive use of technology. Prior to teaching at UNH, Kelsey was the Research Coordinator for the Measuring Youth Media Exposure Study at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. The purpose of this research was to determine the effects of media on the health of today's youth. Kelsey currently teaches several courses without a textbook. This includes her co-instruction of an inter-professional, online TelePractice course with a team of other instructors from CHHS. Kelsey hopes to enhance and expand her use and understanding of OER within her current and future courses. She holds a BSW and MSW from the University of New Hampshire.


Melinda M. White – College of Liberal Arts, Department of English

Melinda M. White is a Lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches composition and digital creative writing. She is a graduate of the interdisciplinary Media, Art, and Text PhD program at Virginia Commonwealth University and integrates visuals and media into much of her teaching. Her research interests include postmodern and electronic literature, installation art, virtual reality, technology as a means of creative expression, and ever-changing reader/author relationships. She has recently presented on digital feminist pedagogy and is constantly finding new ways to expand inclusivity and accessibility in her pedagogy. Because software plays a role in the digital class, she’s excited to explore new platforms for digital expression (as well as course reading material). She also writes fiction, caters to two house bunnies, and is inexplicably obsessed with string theory. And elevators.