Meet the OER Ambassadors 2019

The 2019 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.


Rosemary Caron

ROSEMARY CARON – College of Health & Human Services, Department of Health Management and Policy

Rosemary holds a doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth College; an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health; and a BA in Chemistry from Regis College. She is currently a Professor and has held the positions of Chairperson, Director of the MPH Program, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services at UNH. She is also core faculty in the UNH Master’s Program in Community Development, Policy and Practice, and the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program. In addition, she serves as an adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth via her LEND affiliation. Further, she is a Visiting Professor in the University of Colorado-Denver Executive MBA in Health Administration where she teaches a hybrid course in Population Health. Rosemary received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award in CHHS and was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Associate Professor Award at UNH. Rosemary is working on developing OER and participatory learning practices, “peer learning, knowledge creation and sharing, and empowerment of learners” for the courses she teaches.

Maryann Clark

MARYANN CLARK – Paul College of Business and Economics, Department of Decision Sciences

Maryann Clark is a lecturer in the Decision Sciences department at the University of New Hampshire. She came to UNH following a career in the data communications industry where she gained experience in computer network design, instructional design, product marketing and product management. Mrs. Clark’s work for several technology companies led to her specialization in technical product marketing for emerging data communication platforms. She currently teaches undergraduate courses on Management Information Systems and Business Applications Development. Maryann is interested in OER options for large courses that use business productivity software.

“Suzanne Cooke

SUZANNE COOKE – UNH Manchester, Department of Biology & Biotechnology

I earned a B.S. in Marine & Freshwater Biology from UNH and an M.A. in Marine Ecology from the Boston University Marine Program. I then returned to UNH for my doctorate in Zoology. After teaching at many institutions in New England, I joined the faculty at UNH Manchester, first as an adjunct and now as a Lecturer. I have always tried to integrate current and freely accessible resources into my courses to keep the costs low for students. I have been able to accomplish this easily in my Discovery classes but it was more difficult to replace the traditional textbooks in foundational majors courses. Thanks to the increase in the availability of OER, we were able to switch to an open-access online text for our Principals of Biology course this year and it has worked out well! I’m excited to expand our use of OER into my other courses!

Majid Ghayoomi

MAJID GHAYOOMI – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Majid Ghayoomi is an Associate Professor in UNH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Ghayoomi obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2011 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research involves geotechnical and earthquake engineering with a focus on seismic response of unsaturated soils and soil-structure interaction. Dr. Ghayoomi teaches courses on soil mechanics, foundation design, earthquake engineering, and geotechnical modeling. As a part of this program, he hopes to integrate OER into his courses and to use alternative educational resources for teaching and research. He also would encourage other colleagues and students to follow OER models in their classroom and professional activities.

Tom Higginbotham

TOM HIGGINBOTHAM – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Education

Tom Higginbotham is the Director of Science Education for the Teacher Residency for Rural Education (TRRE), and teaches Science Methods and Educational Technology classes in the UNH Education Department. His work includes demystifying STEM fields for teachers, and making “school science and engineering” more like the real thing by having students answer questions and solve problems of genuine interest to them.
He has taught outdoor education, secondary science and math, and served as a school administrator in both primary and secondary schools. He earned his PhD from Boston College in Curriculum & Instruction, studying sex & gender issues in science classrooms. He has also worked as a Common Core Standards consultant to school leaders.
The belief that knowledge empowers undergirds all of his work, and he looks forward to when conversations are more regularly an authentic exchange of ideas. He is excited to leverage and champion OER to support these foundational beliefs.

Kat Karaivanova

KAT KARAIVANOVA – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology

Kat Karaivanova is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire teaching undergraduate courses in child development, statistics and research methods. She holds a BA in Psychology from Kenyon College, a MA in Psychology, a MST in College Teaching, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Her research is focused on college student development, student retention and success. In all of her classes, Kat strives to incorporate accessible resources that promote student learning and success. As part of the OER Ambassador program, she hopes to integrate OER into her research methods course to not only decrease the cost to students but make the class more customizable and accessible to students. She hopes to be able to integrate real world applications of the curriculum to better engage students.

Gonghu Li

GONGHU LI – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Chemistry

Gonghu Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, with a joint appointment in the Materials Science Program at UNH. His current research involves innovative catalytic materials for use in solar energy conversion. Since joining UNH in 2009, he has taught undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in physical chemistry, and has development a graduate-level course in surface chemistry. Beyond teaching and research, Gonghu reaches out to the community by organizing STEM workshops for K-12 students and science teachers. Prior to joining UNH, he obtained his PhD degree at the University of Iowa, and conducted postdoctoral research at Northwestern University and Yale University.

Michael Mangan

MICHAEL MANGAN – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology

Currently, Michael Mangan is a Principal Lecturer in the department of psychology at University of New Hampshire, Durham. His advanced degrees include a Ph.D. in Psychology, an M.A. in the History of Psychology, an M.A. in General Academic Psychology and an M.F.A. in Writing (creative nonfiction). Over the past 17 years he has developed and taught numerous face-to-face classes (Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Statistics in Psychology, Social Psychology) as well as published academic research. Michael has also developed and taught online courses (Introduction to Psychology, Statistics in Psychology) and face-to-face courses both at UNH and at Granite State College (GSC).

John McClain

JOHN MCCLAIN – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

John McClain is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has research interests in computational solid state physics and renewable and energy efficiency technologies. He is primarily responsible for teaching first- and second-year courses for students majoring in engineering and physical sciences. He believes that the greatest advances in mathematics and science education have taken place outside of the textbooks. He also likes to believe that students can learn from any 'good' text. Demonstrating these beliefs is a work in progress that involves exposing students to OER graphing and computational software and guiding students through various OER references. Dr. McClain holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UNH, an MA in Math from University of Texas, and a BS in Math and Physics from Rutgers University.

Svetlana Peshkova

SVETLANA PESHKOVA – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology

Svetlana Peshkova is a socio-cultural anthropologist and a scholar of Islam. Her research interests include Gender and Islam; Feminisms in post-Socialist space; Decolonialism; Muslim women leaders; Islamic education; Transnational Islamic Movements; and Indigenous History of New Hampshire. Svetlana holds BA and MA (1995, 1996, Linguistics) from Pyatigorsk State University in Russian Federation; MA (1999, Theological Studies) from Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA); MA (2001, Television, Radio, and Film) from Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY); and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and Ph.D. (2006, Anthropology) from Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY). Svetlana published a book, Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan, and several theoretical and ethnographic articles and book chapters about Muslim women leaders, Islamic education, identity, social movements, and reproductive health.

Marco Vincenzi

MARCO VINCENZI – Paul College of Business and Economics, Business, Department of Economics

Marco Vincenzi is a lecturer in the department of Economics at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include the Economics and Management of Innovation. His teaching interests include Innovation in the Global Economy, Industrial Economics and Business Innovation, and the Economics of Artificial Intelligence. Over the last six years, Marco has introduced several participatory technologies in his undergraduate courses, especially in the large sections of Principles of Macroeconomics. Marco received an MSc in Economics and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University after his undergraduate studies in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.​

Katharine Winans

KATHARINE WINANS – College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Department of Chemistry

I’m a Senior Lecturer in the Chemistry Department of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. I’ve been teaching here for a dozen years (since 2007-8). My focus is various flavors of introductory chemistry, though occasionally I’ve also taught organic chemistry.
For most of my students, chemistry is both a required part of their major, and a substantial challenge. Many are freshman making the transition to college life, with all its accompanying excitement and stress. I enjoy working with students as they navigate this demanding terrain. I have training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and have experimented with incorporating reflective exercises into my classes to help students address exam stress. The internet contains an embarrassment of General Chemistry riches, and year by year I have worked to make judicious use of this bounty. I look forward to a more concentrated focus on this project as I participate in the OER program.