The 2015 UNH OER Ambassadors were 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.
Rosemary M. Caron, College of Health and Human Services
Rosemary M. Caron is an Associate Professor and the current Director of Undergraduate Studies and the former Director of the Master’s in Public Health Program in the Department of Health Management and Policy, CHHS. Rosemary 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 Program. In addition, she is an adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Rosemary teaches public health courses at both the undergraduate and graduate student levels and received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award in CHHS and is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Associate Professor Award at UNH.
Devkamal Dutta, Paul College of Business and Economics
Devkamal (Dev) Dutta is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in the Management Department at the University of New Hampshire. He has extensive experience in researching and teaching topics at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology innovation, and commercialization, with over twenty-five research publications in peer-reviewed journals and books in his field. Apart from a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School, Western University Canada, Dev has a M.S. in Teaching from UNH. He is also currently engaged in completing his advanced teaching certifications in Teaching Online from the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Alfred Sloan Consortium) and Teaching Technology Entrepreneurship from the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Before joining the academia, Dev worked for fifteen years as a Corporate Strategy Consultant for some of the large multinationals from India in the IT industry.
Alynna J. Lyon, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Alynna J. Lyon is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. She received a PhD in Political Science from University of South Carolina in 1999. She recently completed a manuscript titled Inside Out: American Politics and the United Nations and co-edited a volume on Religion and Politics in a Global Society. Her research on international organizations, the United Nations, U.S. foreign policy, humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping appear in several journals and edited books. She serves as faculty adviser for the UNH Model United Nations team and as part of the Model Diplomacy advisory group for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008 she was the recipient of a UNH Excellence in Teaching award. She also serves on the executive committee of the International Organizations section of the International Studies Association.
Michael Mangan, College of Liberal Arts
Currently Michael Mangan a senior 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 13 years he has developed and taught numerous face-to-face classes (Introduction to Psychology, Statistics and Social Psychology) as well as published academic research. Michael has also developed and taught online courses (Introduction to Psychology, Statistics) and face-to-face courses both at UNH and at Granite State College (GSC).
Catherine L. Moran, College of Liberal Arts
Catherine Moran is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. She regularly teaches classes in statistics, sociological analysis, research methods, introductory sociology, and the sociology of fashion. Her primary goal in exploring open education resources in teaching statistics is to assess whether these new, free resources enhance student learning and material retention. Secondarily, she hopes these resources will help students connect statistical concepts to data and examples in their own fields of interest. She tries to prod intellectual risk taking in her students, and this OER initiative is her attempt to do the same to herself.
Jesse Stabile Morrell, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
Jesse Stabile Morrell is a Lecturer in the Dept. of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences and has been teaching courses related to nutrition and wellness at UNH since 2001. Her favorite part of teaching is exploring new ways to engage students and foster their active inquiry about their personal health and well being.
Sarah Prescott, UNH Manchester
Sarah Prescott is Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Science and Technology Division at UNH-Manchester. In addition to teaching, she conducts research in comparative genomics and the use of case based approaches to learning. After receiving a B.S. in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from UNH, and a Ph.D. in Genetics also from UNH, Sarah joined the UNH Manchester full-time faculty in September 2006. Her research seeks to understand how genomes maintain their stability, using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans (C.elegans). She also works in the area of Green Chemistry Education, and recently published the following in the Journal of Chemical Education; Green Goggles: Designing and Teaching a General Chemistry Course to Nonmajors Using a Green Chemistry Approach, J. Chem. Educ., 2013, 90 (4), pp 423-428 DOI: 10.1021/ed300538d.
Jennifer Purrenhage, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
Jennifer Purrenhage holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Biology, M.S. in Biology, Graduate Certificate in Postsecondary Education, and Ph.D. in Ecology. She came to UNH as a research postdoc in 2009 (research area: amphibian ecology), and later became a Lecturer in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Jennifer currently teaches a large ETS Discovery course (NR435: Contemporary Conservation Issues) and an introductory International Affairs course (IA401). She loves inspiring her students to cultivate a conscious relationship with their world. And she is always working to enhance their online and classroom experience (down to the tiniest details).
Emilie Talpin, College of Liberal Arts
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. Thanks to the Ambassador grant, she will be developing a full OER French Intermediate course.
Robin DeRosa, OER Ambassador Pilot Consultant
An editor for the open access journal, Hybrid Pedagogy, and a 2015 summer fellow at Digital Pedagogy Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Robin DeRosa researches and writes about open access, open pedagogy, and the future of public higher education. She has a BA in English and Women's Studies from Brown University and a PhD in English from Tufts; she is currently Professor of English and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University, where she has won the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Award for Distinguished Advising, and the Campus Compact for New Hampshire President's Good Steward Award. She is excited to be helping with this pilot, and working on expanding open initiatives at USNH.