Open Education Network Summit 2021

Join the Open Education Network (OEN) community June 14-18 to explore open education strategies at our annual Summit. For program and registration details, please go to Summer Summit.

Meet the Community Presenters and Facilitators

Abbey ElderAbbey Elder is the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Iowa State University. Her work uplifts and supports instructors who are interested in open education, open access publishing, and related topics. Abbey’s handbook for instructors, The OER Starter Kit, has been used in professional development programs across the United States and was adapted into a reusable workbook in 2020.
Al KuslikisAl Kuslikis is Senior Associate for Strategic Initiatives at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the association of the nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities. An important focus of Mr. Kuslikis’ work involves identifying strategies for supporting research, education, technology transfer, and community development programming at the nation’s TCUs particularly through partnerships among the Tribal Colleges and the larger stakeholder community – including federal, tribal and state agencies, higher education institutions, organizations, and businesses. Mr. Kuslikis has accumulated over twenty years of experience in American Indian higher education, beginning with his work at Diné College on the Navajo Nation.
Amanda HurfordAmanda Hurford is the Scholarly Communications Director for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI). In Amanda’s role at PALNI, she develops and supports scholarly communications initiatives of the 24 PALNI-supported institutions, and raises awareness of topics such as open access publishing and open educational resources. Under Amanda’s direction, PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning, was established in 2018.
Amy HoferAmy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, is the OER librarian for Oregon’s colleges and universities; visit the Open Oregon Educational Resources website at to learn more.
Anna PopkovaDr. Anna Popkova is an Assistant Professor of communication at Western Michigan University School of Communication. She teaches courses on public relations and strategic communication and conducts research on international strategic and political communication. Dr. Popkova’s teaching philosophy emphasizes open pedagogy and experiential learning, giving students many opportunities to collaborate with a variety of local organizations every semester.
Ashley MorrisonAs Tocker Open Education Librarian, I build on existing work and relationships to lead the planning, implementation, and assessment of the UT Austin open education program.
Beth MartinBeth Martin is the Open Educational Resources Librarian with Western Michigan University (WMU). In her position she oversees an adoption grant program for faculty and instructors at WMU. She is an active member of WMU’s OER Taskforce running monthly meetings for the group. This spring Beth coordinated WMU’s first ever OER Symposium held during Open Education Week 2021. Prior to coming to WMU, Beth has held leadership positions at Grand Valley State University, Finlandia University, and the Lake Linden-Hubbell School/Public Library. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband (also a librarian), two sons, two cats, Liadan and Bella, and her dog Mollie.
Bryan McGearyDr. Bryan McGeary is the Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian at Penn State University. He is a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, an OER Specialist for Affordable Learning PA, a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship, and co-editor of the peer-reviewed open access journal Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice. His research interests include open pedagogy, the intersections of librarianship and popular culture, and the relationship between place branding and regional identity. He earned a PhD in American Culture Studies and a graduate certificate in Public History from Bowling Green State University, an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MS in Journalism from Ohio University.
Christina Riehman-MurphyChristina Riehman-Murphy, Assistant Librarian, is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Penn State Abington College. She is a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, a Campus Partner for Affordable Learning PA, a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship, and the co-Program Manager of a faculty OAER adoption grant. She is the liaison for open initiatives, undergraduate research, nursing, and science and engineering. Her research interests include Open Education/Pedagogy, inclusive learning, and digital literacy. She has her MSLS from Clarion University and a BA in English and Secondary Education from The Catholic University of America.
Daisy C. MurallesDaisy Muralles (she/ella) is the recently hired Equity and Open Access Librarian at Cal State East Bay. She is also the incoming Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) coordinator on her campus, and currently in the process of information gathering and relationship building to help develop an AL$/Open Educational Resources (OER) project plan utilizing tools like Airtable to manage contacts, tasks, connections, etc.
Dave ErnstDave is graduate faculty and Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Dave is the Director of the Center for Open Education and the Executive Director of the Open Education Network, which works to improve higher education through the advancement of open educational resources and practices.
Dr. Jacquelyn MosleyDr. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Her research program focuses on interpersonal violence and her teaching program focuses on creating curricula to increase cultural competence (via the Intercultural Development Inventory-IDI) in courses she developed (Multicultural Families and Cultural Competence); both courses utilize OER textbooks and resources.
Dr. Rajiv JhangianiDr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Associate Vice President, Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. The architect of Canada’s first zero textbook cost degree programs, Rajiv’s scholarship focuses on open educational practices, student-centered pedagogies, and ethical approaches to educational technology. A recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus and the Emerging Leader Award from Open Education Global, Rajiv’s books include Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017) and Open at the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Open Education (2020). Together with Dr. Robin DeRosa, he is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook.
Elaine ThorntonElaine Thornton is the Open Education & Distance Learning librarian at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.  She leads campus OER advocacy initiatives, including faculty workshops, an OER funding program, and OER publishing.
Emilie ZickelEmilie Zickel is an Assistant Lecturer in First-Year Writing (FYW) who has several years of experience in the creation and implementation of OER in an academic program. She collaborated with a team of other FYW faculty at Cleveland State Univerisity to write a program-wide OER that replaced the higher cost required textbook, and she helped to lead the transition to all OER materials in all FYW courses on campus. She is a co-chair of CSU’s OER Committee, one of the facilitators of the Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium at CSU, and a past recipient of CSU’s Textbook Hero Award.
Erin MilaneseErin Milanese is the PALNI Affordable Learning Project Coordinator. In her work for the PALNI PALSave program, Erin gathers and analyzes program data and coordinates the Faculty Course Redesign Grant program. Follow her on Twitter (@erinmilmil) to chat more about OER.
Heather CapretteHeather Caprette works as a Sr. Media Developer/Instructional Designer in the Center for Elearning at Cleveland State University. She’s worked on the OpenCon Cleveland planning committee and OER Committee over the last several years. She enjoys helping faculty with their Textbook Affordability grant projects for the development and adoption of OER, and open pedagogy projects with H5P and Pressbooks.
Ian GoodaleIan Goodale is the European Studies Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests span the intersections of digital humanities, natural language processing, open source software, and digital archiving. Recent projects include PyGallica, a Python wrapper for the National Library of France’s APIs, and a program that simplifies and streamlines web archiving for personal use. He is currently working on a project that uses natural language processing to analyze the long-form poetic works of Charles Peguy.
Liz PearceLiz Pearce is the author of Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens, written with 13 student contributors who collaborated as part of an open pedagogy (OP) project. She continues to involve students in OP for this text and in an upcoming book, Introduction to Human Services. She strives for equity, diversity, and inclusion in her teaching and writing. A faculty member at Linn-Benton Community College since 1989, Liz is Chair of the Education/Human Development and Family Sciences Department. In April Liz received the Mario Pastega Award for Faculty Excellence at LBCC.
Lori TownsendLori Townsend (Shoshone-Paiute) is an associate professor and the Learning Services Coordinator at the University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Her research interests include undergraduate understandings of digital sources, genre theory in information literacy, and cultural humility.
Lydia FletcherLydia Fletcher is the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin, providing research support for several STEM departments. She is passionate about all aspects of the Open Movement, particularly supporting campus adoption of Open Education Resources and Open Practices.
Mandi GoodsettMandi Goodsett is the Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian, as well as the OER & Copyright Advisor, at Cleveland State University. She earned her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Mandi’s professional interests include open education, critical thinking and library instruction, and distance learning. In keeping with her interest in promoting open education. Mandi also serves as an OhioLINK Affordable Learning Ambassador for Ohio.
Megan MacGregorMegan MacGregor is the Instruction and Outreach librarian at the University of Southern Maine, and a member of the Open Educational Resources Committee. When not working on OERs she connects the campus community to the library’s collections and liaises with seven academic departments on campus. She previously worked at Penn State Wilkes-Barre where she was the first Outreach and Engagement Librarians in that statewide library system. When working from home she is assisted by Edward, library assistant cat.
Michaela Willi HooperMichaela Willi Hooper is the OER & Textbook Affordability Librarian at Linn-Benton Community College. Working with Liz and the student contributors on the Contemporary Families project has been one of the highlights of Michaela’s career, which has also included work in copyright education, open access, information literacy, and business research.
Michele BehrMichele Behr serves as Instruction and Outreach Librarian, as part of the Social Sciences Liaison Team at Western Michigan University Libraries. She has been employed at WMU Libraries since 2001, and has held the rank of Professor since 2015. Before her time at WMU, she worked at the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and non-profit organizations in Atlanta, GA, and Denver, CO. She received both undergraduate degree and Masters in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan.
Reno CharetteMs. Charette currently serves the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) as the Project Director for the Aseto’ne Networking Project (ANP). AIHEC serves 37 tribal college/universities encompassing 20,000 students. The Aseto’ne Networking Project is funded by NIH and seeks to inspire tribal college students to pursue a biomedical career in research. Ms. Charette holds a Master of Arts degree in History with a specialty in the American West supported by a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Native American Studies. Ms. Charette is a member of the Ties in the Bundle clan of the Crow Nation and a descendent of the Pembina band of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa. She was raised on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
Sara VolmeringSara Volmering is the marketing manager for Western Michigan University Libraries. She received her undergraduate degree and an M.A. in Organizational Learning and Performance from WMU. Sara has worked extensively in libraries for the past decade in both public services and administrative roles and uses that experience to elevate and promote libraries to a variety of audiences.
Sarah LucchesiSarah Lucchesi is the Coordinator of Research & Instruction Services at the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Her areas of focus include STEM, intellectual property, and information literacy assessment, and she works with students, faculty, librarians, and staff to incorporate information literacy throughout the curriculum. Sarah also serves on the campus-wide Open Educational Resources Committee and strongly believes in OER as a social justice issue.
Scott RossScott Ross, a software developer, systems administrator and IT project manager, has worked professionally since 1982 and as a self-employed contractor beginning in 2016. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from East Carolina University, he wrote image processing software for NASA before working as an IT Manager at NC State University. Prior to starting his own company, he worked as the Business Technology Applications Specialist for NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide online library collaborative from 1998-2015. Developing business cases, custom project management methodologies and collaborative solutions across diverse constituencies are representative of the kinds of work he enjoys most. He currently resides in Wake Forest, NC with his wife, Debbie and their two sons.
Silvia Lin HanickSilvia Lin Hanick is a Taiwanese American associate professor and first year experience librarian at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY). She holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA in Literature from the University of New Mexico. With Amy R. Hofer and Lori Townsend, she is the author of Transforming Information Literacy Instruction: Threshold Concepts in Theory and Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 2018).
Sophie RondeauPropelled by an interest in contributing to open and affordable initiatives in Virginia, Sophie joined VIVA in January 2019 as the Assessment and E-Resources Program Analyst. Her primary responsibilities include managing the VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal, VIVA Open, the VIVA Course Mapping Project, the Curriculum Driven Acquisitions Program, as well as regular contributions to VIVA Committees and Task Forces. In her assessment role, Sophie collects and analyzes data associated with VIVA’s open and affordable initiatives to share with stakeholders. She has really enjoyed working with VIVA member libraries across the state to further the mission of ‘leveling the academic playing field’ for Virginia students. Sophie is also a 2020-2021 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow and developed a Course Mapping Companion Kit as her capstone project.
Tracy MehokeTracy Mehoke has over a decade of experience at the emerging intersection of education, technology, and learning experience. She has successfully led teams in edtech startups, spoken internationally on topics from language learning to AI, and worked in roles from teaching to product management within the educational environments of the USA, China, and the UAE. Presently, she is supporting data management and analysis for OER tracking at Open Oregon Educational Resources and at nonprofit Brown Hope.
Urooj NizamiUrooj Nizami is the Open Education Strategist at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she supports and facilitates open education initiatives by providing expertise through consultations, technical training, and strategic planning. She oversees the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Program, provides support to Open Educational Resources (OER) grantees, Open Pedagogy Fellows, and Open Education Research Fellows. Urooj cofacilitates the use of KPU’s Open Publishing Suite (OPUS). She also sits on the Open Education Network’s steering committee. She is a trained librarian with a degree from McGill University’s School of Information Studies.