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Susan Amper, Assoc. Prof. of English, Bronx Community College
Susan  is an Assoc. Professor of English at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. Her most recent book, How to Write about Edgar Allan Poe, was published by Chelsea House in 2007. Prof. Amper�s recent scholarhsip includes essays on Wise Blood and Dexter.


Leland Ash, MBA , Instructor of Business and Economics at Skagit Valley College and Washington Online in Washington State.  Lee has been teaching online and hybrid classes for the past 10 years and enjoys helping students develop critical-thinking skills. He recently participated in the Open Course Library Project in Washington by developing open courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. 


Marc Barnhill, Lecturer, New York University and the City University of New York.
Marc has taught composition and rhetoric and research writing at various colleges, including New York University and the City University of New York since 1993. In addition to a focus on online learning and the teaching of critical thinking skills, his interests include 19th-century American literature and science fiction.

Erik Christensen, Professor of Physics, South Florida Community College. Erik has a Naval Engineer degree and a SM degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been teaching physics since 2004 and is a strong proponent of activity-based peer learning and integration of online components into his courses. He has been using open textbooks in his classes since 2007 and enjoys the flexibility and freedom to adapt the textbooks to meet the needs of his students and his own teaching style.

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David Cole, Publisher, writer, and consultant. David has taught freshman composition at Santa Rosa Junior College and elsewhere, and is a frequent speaker at writers conferences and professional publishing events. He is author of The Complete Guide to Book Marketing and a contributor to newsletters and journals focused on publishing and writing.

Gabriel Crumpton, BS, M.Ed
Gabriel Crumpton is a part-time Adjunct Assistant Professor with Pierce College, Joint-Base Lewis-McChord Military Programs. Professor Crumpton teaches Criminal Justice subjects. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master degree in Education (M.Ed) with concentration in Instructional Technology/Curriculum Design and Instruction.


Richard Curtis, MA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado and PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University
Dr. Curtis has been a Philosophy Instructor at three community colleges, an arts college and a Jesuit university. His research interests center on questions related to the nature of religion and related phenomena as human constructs (that is, what is religion in the lives of people?).


Brian Evans, Economics Instructor, Foothill College. Brian has been teaching economics for 7 years and is the Honors Economics Instructor. Prior to teaching Brian worked for Daiwa Institute of Research in the International Consulting Department - Official Development Assistance Consultants.

Chriss Foster, Ed.D, Mills College
Full-time, tenured English and Psychology Professor at Merritt College. Adjunct Rhetoric Professor at the University of San Francisco.

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Lois Gerchman, M.S., M.Ed., PhD., Director, Science Education, DeLima Associates Lois experience also includes  Program Management, Environmental Health Research and Writing, Project Leader at SRI International, and as associate professor of chemistry at West Chester State College, PA.

Robert Gertlick, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Eastern Washington University. Rob has a BS, MS, and PHD in Engineering, with six years of teaching experience at the university level. He teaches courses in Mechanics, Machine Design, Capstone Design, Robotics and Automation, Computer Aided Design, and Finite Element Analysis.

Michael Goldberg, Instructor, Berkeley College. Michael has taught a wide range of marketing courses over the past decade and has extensive experience as a marketer, editor and writer.

Pramod Gupta, PhD, McMaster University
Pramod is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience as a researcher and academician in various organizations. Recently, Pramod has worked at NASA Ames Research Center on developing algorithms for combining airspace sectors to utilize resources efficiently. Before that he worked on the verification and validation of intelligent flight control systems. His research areas include neural networks, machine learning algorithms, controls, modeling and robotics, signal processing and data mining. Pramod has published on these subjects in various conferences and journals, and has won several awards for his research and academic achievements. He is a senior member of IEEE and member of PMI. He is also a PMI certified PMP.


Alena Hairston, English Professor, Solano Community College. Tenured English Instructor at Solano Community College.  Award-winning, published writer.  Puente Co-Coordinator

Peter Hamlet, PhD., Chemistry Professor, South Florida Community College. Peter's background includes earning a PhD in Chemistry from UCLA, and teaching at Pittsburg State University (1977-2007) and South Florida Community College (2007-present).

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Jonathan Harden, MBA. Mortgage Banking at Chabot College and vocational school. Business Consultant with small business's devising marketing and business plans. Extra curricular activities volunteered with NASA Department of Education and Jr. Achievement.

Marie Highby, Senior Technical Editor, MBA, Darden School-University of Virginia; MA, English, Duke University� BA, English American University. 15 years as a college instructor, teaching freshman composition, undergraduate technical writing workshop courses, and business finance & small business management. Other experience includes 7 years in the financial services industry; managing and teaching in San Jose State�s Professional Development Certificate Program in Technical Writing; and starting-up a leadership coaching and consulting firm. Currently employed by Synopsys, Inc., as a senior editor.

Michael M. Hsieh, PhD., Registered Practitioner of PRINCE2 (P2R/267233) Project Management Methodology, Michael is a Senior Engineering Manager at Sun Microsystems Inc. He has over 28 years of experience in developing single chip microcontroller chips (at Intel), Sun's SPARC microprocessor chips, and Sun's Workstations and Enterprise Servers.  Michael teaches "PRINCE2 PM Methodology" and "Digital Logic Design" at UC Berkeley Extension.

Erik Huntsinger, Economics Faculty, Estrella Mountain Community College (A Maricopa Community College). Erik earned his B.S. and M.S. in Economics at Arizona State University. He has been full-time economics faculty at Estrella Mountain Community College (Avondale, AZ) since Fall 2007.

Tonmar Johnson, Professor of Sociology, Solano Community College Professor Johnson is currently a full time professor at Solano Community College. He was born and raised in Vallejo, CA. His education includes first enrolling at Solano Community College, graduating from ENMU with a BA in both PoliSci and Sociology, and completing a MA in Sociology at CSU Sacramento. He is currently published in an article in the Western Journal of Black Studies, titled: "The Social Construction of an American Athlete: African American Boy Experiences Sport.

Kate Jordahl, Professor, Photography and Digital Imaging, Foothill College Kate is an exhibition artist with work in many collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris and was editor of the photography book, "Searching for True North." At Foothill College, she is chair of the Committee of Online Learning, and serves on the Faculty Senate, Tech Task Force and the College Skills Steering Committee. In 2004, Kate was the recipient of a Congressional Certificate of Recognition honoring leadership and contributions as a teacher and for outstanding and invaluable service to the community.

Ab Kader, Ph.D. Analytics, Software Engineering, Project Management, and Teaching skills enabled accomplishments in Financial Services industry, E-commerce, Electric Utility industry, and Academia. Previously full time faculty in the Computer Science Department at University of Alexandria, Egypt. Currently part time faculty at University of Phoenix in San Jose, and Notre Dame De Namur University, since 2002. Teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in Project Management, Software, and Mathematics. Educational background includes Ph.D. Engineering Economic Systems/Computer Science from Stanford, M.Sc. Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford, B.Sc. Mathematics from University of London, and B.Sc. Electrical Engineering from University of Alexandria, Egypt.

Sheri Kendall-duPont, MA, Training and Development
My experience includes ten plus years broad-based experience in instructional design, effective platform delivery methods, online facilitation, and LMS/CMS familiarity. I have been employed as an online instructor for Univeristy of Phoenix, American Public University and Colorado Tech University. Currently I teach COL100 Foundations of Online Learning and Professional Development Skills. Previous courses included critical thinking and humanities.


Rob Knight, Math Professor, Evergreen Valley College.
B.A., Adelphi University, Garden City NY
M.S., Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
D.P.M., California College of Podiatric Medicine

Accessibility Consulting, Training and Advocacy to Support the Independence of People with Disabilities. Knowbility is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999.

Lynda Case Lambert, Master�s in Distance Education (MDE). An instructor of writing and speech for 14 years at the community college level. A published writer, with over 100 feature articles, some 200 opinion columns, and one non-fiction book to her credit. She has also written a companion desk reference. In December of 2008. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 2008.

Grace Lasker, Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences
Grace Lasker received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska. For her masters research, she was able to show epigenetic impact in tomatoes (environmental impact on genetics). Dr. Lasker focused next on human nutrition and obtained a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. Her research focused on HPLC analyzed l-ascorbic acid and d-isoascorbic acid levels in tomatoes. She is currently working toward her second Ph.D. in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology.
Dr. Lasker comes to Lake Washington Institute of Technology from the nutritional and agricultural research industry. She has served as project manager, greenhouse operations manager, website developer, and grant writer/editor, among other roles. In 2005, she began her teaching career as a part-time instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Dr. Lasker joined Lake Washington Technical College in the fall of 2006 to help develop and promote the Science Technician program and to teach courses in Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition, and Anatomy & Physiology. Dr. Lasker is also involved in advancing the Clean Energy Technology initiative at LWIT through various grants and teaching.
She is proud to have received recognition from the Graduate Women in Science for her masters/doctorate research as well as the Instructional Excellence Award at LWIT.


Mitchell Levy, MBA, CEO, is an e Marketing strategist, educator and prognosticator. He authored 11 books on various business topics, founded San Jose State's University Professional Development's program called "E-Commerce Management", and has extensive CEO consulting experience.

Frances Lord, MA. Frances received her BA and MA in English from Georgetown University in Washington DC. Her master's thesis examined Depression-era social documentary work. She currently is an adjunct English instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Douglas P. Margolis, PhD
Dr. Margolis specializes in second language acquisition and teaching methods for language learning. He currently serves on the TESOL Journal Editorial Advisory Board and teaches ESL courses at Peninsula College in Washington State. He has also taught courses for the University of Minnesota's Second Language Studies Program, the University of Hawaii's Second Language Studies Department, and the International Graduate School of English, in Seoul, South Korea, among other schools. His research focuses on oral error feedback interactions in the language classroom, learning strategies, and English intonation.


Miriam J. Masullo, Ph.D. , Founder and CEO of inViVo Vision, Inc. Dr. Masullo has specialized in computer-based education. At IBM she was director of the EduPort Project, the first networked media on-demand for education pilot (five years ahead of uses of the Internet and the Web in education (academia or schools). The first interactive networked digital library for K-12 education to run in a real-time network and to include digital video.

Pheo Martin, PhD., Dr. Martin has been involved in Education for over 30 years, teaching at all educational levels. With interdisciplinary studies for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD degrees, she has taught, and developed curriculum in several areas of knowledge. Dr Martin has been, and continues to be, a re-conceptualist of educational theory, incorporating new developments and understanding of teaching and learning.

Barbara Mauter, Adjunct Instructor, University College / University of Toledo

Dr. Lisa McDonnell, Associate Professor of Sociology, St. Petersburg College, Florida. Also an advocate/trainer for the collaborative and an open textbook adopter.  Click to see her endorsement video.

Paul McDowell, Instructor in Anthropology, Santa Barbara City College. Extensive online/hybrid teaching experience in physical and cultural anthropology at 5 colleges using Etudes and Moodle since 2008. Education: Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1974; M.A. University of California at Davis, 1967; B.A. at California State University, Fresno, 1963  Publications: Cultural Anthropology: A Concise Introduction, Kendall Hunt, 2005)

Polly McMahon, PhD in Psychology
Coordinates programs in Gerontology and Social Services at Spokane Falls Community College. Teaches a wide variety of classes including General Psychology, Death Loss and Grief, Gerontology, Treatment Theories, Counseling Techniques, and Developmental Psychology. She has a strong interest in developing more effective online teaching and learning strategies while integrating the best of technology in the classroom.

Kara Monroe, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Instructional Technology, Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana) Kara holds a PhD from Capella University, an MBA from Jones International University, Masters Coursework in Mathematics from Converse College and Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Education from Ball State University.

Vicky Moyle, Instructor, General Studies, Mathematics, Bellingham Technical College. Education: BA, Western Washington University; BS, Mesa State College; MAT, Indiana University; MA, University of Colorado. Employment: Mathematics Instructor, Mesa State College, 2003-2007; Mathematics Instructor, Bellingham Technical College 2007-present.

Pelusa Orellana, PhD in Education, UNC Chapel Hill, Dean of the School of Education, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile, author of 3 books about the use of Socratic Seminars in the Classroom. National Paideia Center Faculty. Associate Professor of the School of Education, Universidad de los Andes.

Linda Pedersen, Masters in Mathematics from the University of South Florida in Tampa
I ran my own web design business for many years and worked as a computer programmer and help desk technician. I have created database driven websites for international companies and I have been under temporary contract as an intranet programmer for the Florida Department of Revenue. I have been teaching college level mathematics both full and part-time for the last 10 years. I have taught both in the classroom and online, however I currently work solely online for more than one university.

Gary Popoli, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Harford Community College.
Gary has a Ph.D. in Human Development/Developmental Psychology - University of Maryland College Park - 1998; a M.A. in Clinical Psychology - Loyola College of Maryland- 1984; and a B.A. Psychology - Loyola College of Maryland 1978.

Mike Pouraryan, Adjunct Professor, Kaplan University.
I have had over 18 years experience in Operations, Finance & Adminstration for Small to Medium Size Businesses, start-ups and publicly held companies. I have also served as an Adjunct Professor for a number of years with a special focus on Management & Public Policy. I also serve as principal moderator for the "Weekly Outsider".

Silvia T. Pulido, Instructor, Spanish and Business, Brevard Community College. Silvia has a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a master's in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Salamanca, Spain.  She is eligible to teach Spanish I, II, III, and IV at the freshman and sophomore levels.  Silvia taught college Spanish and Business courses for over a decade.  Twice she as been chosen "Best Instructor of the Year."  Silvia created the first online Spanish I and II courses at the community college.

Rekha Raman, Member of Project Management Open Resources. Technical writer for 15 years, has the mental acuity and compassionate observation to transfer cognition from the accomplished to neophytes in a multitude of industries. She has led and executed many projects with her passion for communication, for the past 7 years, and crowned recently with a PMP certification. Her interests range from Marine Biology, in which she has gained a Master's degree from India, to wireless technology. As a Marketing Communications Manager at a wireless test equipment company, Rekha manages all inward and outward-facing e-communications of a rapidly growing organization. bobcatshovelpmor2

Melanie Reed, Technical Assistant ENG Dept, Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis Former Instructor of ASP.NET programming for the Computer and Information Technology Dept and the former Online Coordinator of the E-Commerce Development Program for IUPUI. Now pursuing continuing studies with a focus on Social Media and Unified Communications for Education and Non-Profits.

Catharine P. Roth, M.A. Cantab, Ph.D. Harvard (Classical Philology), is an adjunct philosophy instructor at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College.

Lalit Sabnani, Member of Project Management Open Resources. 25 years of proven project, product management and operations experience. Ever ready to take on new challenges and initiatives, Lalit is a walking talking Gantt Chart of the spirit of producing results. From being a software writer in a data storage startup to leading complex semiconductor product development, Lalit has held positions of increasing responsibility. Lalit holds an MSIE  from Arizona State University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MS University of Baroda, India. He is APICS and PMP certified and now pursuing his quality passion at a solar company. bobcatshovelpmor2

Henry J. (Jud) Sage, Professor Emeritus, Northern Virginia Community College.  Jud received his BS in Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Arts in history at Clark University and a Masters in Arts in English at the University of Maryland.  He also taught at Cameron Junior College, the University of Maryland and George Mason University.  He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps.

Albert Sargis, a professor of sociology from the University of Missouri � Kansas City (retired) earned his BA and MA from San Francisco Sate University.  Professor Sargis taught at Central Missouri State College, Boston University, and several community colleges throughout the country.

Amie Seidman, graduated with my BA from Manchester College and my MA from Miami University (Oxford, OH).  I completed my doctoral work at Auburn University in May 2011, and my dissertation, "'Fellowship of sense with all that breathes': Eighteenth-Century British Women Poets, War, and the Environment," received Auburn University's Distinguished Dissertation Award.  Currenty, I am an Assistant Professor of English at Bainbridge College.


Mei-Ling Shek-Stefan, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University Mei-Ling obtained her degree in Applied Physics from Stanford University. She has worked in surface characterization at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and in processing and modeling at telecom and solar energy startup companies.  She has enjoyed her teaching experience in physics  and nanomaterials.

Christine Sibley, Technology Faculty Librarian,  Ohlone Community College Christine teaches research skills and computer applications. She holds a MLIS (Master's Library Information Science) degree, a BA degree in Mass Communication with Minor in Advertising and subject Journalism. She has also worked in health care for 15 years specializing in dentistry, and also has a background in juvenile justice. In addition she has operated an e-commerce business for 10 years.

Lani Smith, Librarian/Adjunct Professor,  Ohlone Community College

Anu Suresh, Biotechnology instructor, Mission Valley ROP, Fremont CA. Anu has 15 years biotechnology industry experience including positions in manufacturing support, research, training and education. Anu also has 20 years teaching experience at the elementary, high school, and vocational training levels.

Shane Tang, Math Instructor, Salt Lake Community College Shane graduated from Brigham Young University with both a BS and MS in mathematics in 2001.  Since then he taught at Barstow College and am currently teaching at Salt Lake Community College.  He taught the following classes: Introductory, Intermediate, and College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Math for Barbering and Cosmetology, Calculus I and II, Math for the Health Discipline, and Business College Algebra.

Valerie Taylor, Instructor, De Anza College Valerie teaches an online course called "Computers and the Internet in Society". She is an web user and learner and has been since 1994. She believe that the possibilities for making information and learning available to anyone anytime and everywhere are really exciting. She is a ardent advocate of Open Educational Resources and has many projects going in Wiki Educator.

Priya Venkatesan, MS, RD, Nutrition Instructor with Pasadena City College
As a Registered Dietitian, Priya has taught Nutrition classes at Pasadena City College for 14 years. She specializes in digital platform design and delivery of e-classes for the Health Sciences division. She is also an advocate for open source accessible resources for community college students.


Melissa Warren, Full-time faculty, University of Phoenix
Melissa Warren, M.Ed., is a full-time faculty member at University of Phoenix. She teaches online composition and critical thinking courses for first year college students. She has taught online and hybrid classes for the past 14 years and enjoys helping students develop writing and critical-thinking skills. She recently created and delivered professional development presentations that empowered teachers to utilize the UOPX mobile classroom app, which allows students without computer access to attend courses from their smartphones.

Margaret White, Adjunct Instructor, Consultant, College of the Siskiyous Margaret has been teaching business and technology classes at the community college level for over 14 years and teaching online classes since 2003.  She has an MBA from UC-Irvine and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.

Linda J. Williams, Member of Project Management Open Resources. Certified Program/Project Manager and Information Technologist for 10+ years, is the wired/wireless communications nerve center for the heart beat of the health IT group she leads and supports. Linda has collaboratively managed hordes of creative and serious folks from Health Care, Human Resources, Customer Services to Marketing, social media and wiki technology. A committed PMI member, she shares her experiences and inspirations with budding project managers.   bobcatshovelpmor2

Sarah Zale, MFA in Creative Writing, MA in Literature, Educational Psychology, and Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing
Sarah Zale teaches English literature, creative writing, and composition in the Seattle community college system. For the past five years, she has worked as an Advanced Placement Reader in English literature for the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Her academic publications include “Teaching Social Justice in the Humanities,” with Jane Rosecrans, Ph.D., in Teaching Peace in the Community College; United States Institute for Peace (USIP), and “Poetry As Metaphor: A Tool To Shape Social Change” in Educating for a Civilization of Peace: Proceedings of the 2007 International Education For Peace Conference: Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


Joy Zhao , Ph.D.,  Professor of English,  El Camino College, Torrance, CA. Joy received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, Indiana. For her doctorate, her first field was linguistics, her second field was the 18th-century British literature, and her third special field was semantics and pragmatics of verbal humor analysis.  Since 1996, Joy has been teaching, full-time, college composition, critical thinking, and creative writing classes at El Camino College located in Torrance, California. She has taught the classes both on campus and online.


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