The 2017 UNH OER Ambassadors are committed to making substantive changes to their courses through the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) Open Education Practices, and advancing the OER conversation across campus by sharing their experiences with colleagues.
Molly Campbell – College of Liberal Arts, Department of English
Molly Campbell is a lecturer in the department of English at University of New Hampshire, Durham. She has been teaching UNH classes in composition and technical and professional writing for nine years, both online and in the classroom. She uses innovative design practices for curriculum in order to create course content that is relevant and immediately applicable in the workplace. Currently she is working on utilizing Makerspace technologies in concert with technical writing and is looking forward to being able to enhance this experience with OER.
John Chaston – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Spanish
John Chaston is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of New Hampshire whose primary teaching and research specialties include: Spanish syntax, sociolinguistics, phonology; language teaching methodologies; and Spanish culture. He has directed the UNH Semester Study Abroad Program to Granada, Spain including resident director of the program five times. He is currently active on the Board of NHAWLT (New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers) and in giving workshops and talks related to that work.
Eun Kyeong Cho – College Liberal Arts, Department of Education
My scholarship focuses on bringing local and expert knowledge together in collaborative, democratic ways to produce innovative solutions to controversial problems. I am particularly interested in civic dialogue about problems of energy, sustainability, and climate change. I have been a Fellow of the Breuninger Foundation at the University of Stuttgart on the topic of cooperation and a Fulbright Scholar at Pondicherry University in India on the topic of biodiversity conservation.
Marcos Del Hierro – College of Liberal Arts, Department of English
Marcos J. Del Hierro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He received his BA in English from Baylor University in 2006, his MA in English and American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2009, and his Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University in 2014. His research focuses on intersections in Rhetoric and Composition, Race, Embodiment, and Technology. He is particularly interested in how Black, Latina/o, and Indigenous cultural traditions influence the development and use of hiphop rhetorics and technologies. His essay, Fighting the Academy One Nopal at a Time, appeared in El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Meetings of The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzalda in 2012. As a member of the Calmcac Collective, he co-authored the performance piece, The Calmcac Collective, or, How to Survive the Academic Industrial Complex through Radical Indigenous Practicesâ€ in El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Meetings of The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzalda in 2013. His forthcoming publication, Stayin’ on Our Grind: What Hiphop Pedagogies Offer to Technical Writing, will appear in the collection, Integrating Theoretical Frameworks for Teaching Technical Communication. In addition to his publications, Marcos has won several awards, including the Charles Gordonne Award for Creative Nonfiction (2011); the National Book Award BookUpTX Fellowship (2012); the Chairs Memorial Scholarship from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (2013); and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Faculty Fellowship (2015). He is currently working on his first monograph project, Homegrown Critique Through the Rhetoric(s) of Hiphop, which theorizes the Art of Makin’ Do as a rhetorical tactic that looks at discarded knowledges, materials, and technologies as always/already reimaginable, reusable, and recyclable.
Maeve Dion – University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Maeve Dion is a teacher, researcher, communicator, and policy writer in the areas of national and international cyber security, internet policy, and global governance. She specializes in the legal, economic, policy, and educational issues relating to critical infrastructure protection, particularly information infrastructure. As an educator, Maeve has broad international experience and pedagogical concentrations in security, law, and civil service.
Maureen Gillespie – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology
Dr. Maureen Gillespie received her bachelor's degree from UNH ('06) with a double major in Psychology and English. She immediately began a PhD program at Northeastern university ('11) and specialized in experimental psychology with a focus on language and cognitive processing. Her dissertation centered on the cognitive processes underlying language production. She then went on to complete a 1-year post-doctoral program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before joining UNH as a lecturer in the Psychology Department in the Fall of 2012.
Elyse Hambacher – College Liberal Arts, Department of Education
Elyse Hambacher is an assistant professor of Education at the University of New Hampshire. She employs critical social justice perspectives to strengthen equity and promote excellence in elementary education and the preparation of preservice and inservice teachers. A former elementary school teacher in Miami and Japan, she teaches courses on qualitative inquiry, social justice, and classroom management. Her research interests include critical teacher education, disproportionality in school discipline, and urban schooling. She has authored publications in the journals Urban Education, Equity and Excellence in Education, Educational Leadership, and Action in Teacher Education. Elyse earned her PhD in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education at the University of Florida.
Lori Hopkins – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Spanish and Women’s Studies Program
Lori Hopkins is Associate Professor of Spanish, Core Faculty of the Women’s Studies Program and co-director of Latin American Studies. As a Latinamericanist, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on contemporary Latin American literature and culture on topics such as Human Rights and Performance Arts. Her current research project involves the relationship between literature, ethics and politics, especially as literature and the humanities force us to consider the ethical relationships of peoples and cultures.
Krista Jackman – College of Liberal Arts, Department of English
Krista Jackman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of New Hampshire. She teaches primarily in the Composition Program, focusing on first year writers. Krista has been teaching at the university since 2004, and has been long focused on the work of student engagement, sustainability and integrating useful technology into her classroom pedagogy. She has been entirely paperless since 2006, and has developed extensive rich media related assignments. Most recently Krista has partnered with the Parker Media Lab to use a text based gaming technology called Twine to teach persuasive rhetoric. Krista regularly bothers her Academic Technology friends for “just a little help with something…” Krista holds a BA in English from UNH and a MAT in English from Rivier University.
Vanessa Levesque – University of New Hampshire, Sustainability dual Major
Vanessa Levesque is the Assistant Director and Lecturer for the Sustainability Dual Major at UNH-Durham. Dr. Levesque received her PhD in Ecology and Environmental Studies from the University of Maine as a research fellow with the Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her teaching and research integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines, with a particular interest in sustainability science and collaborative governance. Dr. Levesque holds an MS in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont and a BA in Ecology and Evolution from Dartmouth College. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Levesque has worked in the field of environmental planning and policy at local, state and federal levels, she is a trained facilitator, and she spent three years in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer. Vanessa has twin girls, lives in Portland, Maine with her family, and loves all things outdoors.
Loan Phan – College of Liberal Arts, Department of Education
Loan Phan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire. She earned her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research interests include multicultural counseling, ethnic minority identity development, and group counseling and process. Professor Phan currently teaches counseling based courses for educators in a variety of fields.
Kevin Pietro – College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Kevin Pietro is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences. Since his arrival to UNH in 2014, Kevin has taught a number of courses such as, Sports Nutrition, Weight Management, Treatment of Adult Obesity, Geriatric Nutrition, and Nutrition and Wellness. Additionally, Kevin oversees the undergraduate Field Experience course and hosts an on-going research independent study, which collaborates with UNH Athletic, to assess the body composition of student-athletes. Before joining UNH, Kevin has worked as a Clinical Dietitian in a hospital setting, where he assessed patients with a wide-variety of conditions. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph. D. in the Education department at UNH, with a particular interest in cultivating empathy in undergraduate nutrition and dietetic students.
Dante Scala – College Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science
Dante Scala is an associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. He teaches American politics, and his research interests include the New Hampshire presidential primary, the presidential nomination process, and political demography and geography.
Daniel Seichepine – University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Dr. Daniel Seichepine is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester. He is a clinical neuropsychologist with specialization in dementia and mild traumatic brain injury (i.e. concussion). He has published several peer-reviewed publications on mild traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, and normal aging. His current research program is examining the long-term effects of repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries on cognition, mood and behavior.
Filip Thurston – University of New Hampshire - Thompson School
I am a lecturer at the Thompson School of Applied Science teaching courses in writing, public speaking and social issues. I received an honours B.A. in Professional Writing and Communication Studies from York University (Toronto) and an M.Ed in the Teaching of Writing from Plymouth State University. For the latter, my capstone researched the potential of student-instructor texting in process-driven writing instruction. With my educational background in rhetoric and journalism, interests in psychology and sociology, and my unique position teaching communication courses for TSAS students, my courses focus on making students more capable of persuasion and more critical of the subtle and overt persuasion directed towards them/society.