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Speakers

 

Abbey K. Elder

Abbey K. Elder (she/they)

Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian
Iowa State University
Session: Assessing and Engaging with Your Campus Community

Abbey is the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Iowa State University. Her work empowers instructors to find, adopt, or create open educational resources (OER) for their courses. Abbey has served on the Iowa Open Education Action Team (Iowa OER) since its creation in 2018, through which she provides support for colleges across the state of Iowa interested in supporting open education work at their institutions.


Marco Seiferle-Valencia

Marco Seiferle-Valencia (he/him)

Open Education Librarian
University of Idaho
Session: Assessing and Engaging with Your Campus Community

Marco is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Idaho where he oversees the Library’s Open efforts, including the annual Think Open Fellows program. Marco is also the co-creator of the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, which preserves Chicana feminist history and praxis through a grassroots digital archive and oral history collection.


Taurie Gittings-Wheeler

Taurie Gittings-Wheeler

Faculty
Miami Dade College
Session: Dismantling Barriers to Student Success through Affordable Learning Materials

Taurie Gittings-Wheeler is an associate professor of arts and letters at Miami Dade College. She is an artisan, performer, and educator, with over 20 years of experience. She holds a Master of Science degree with a focus on Interdisciplinary Arts and a Master of Humanities degree in Art & Visual Media. Taurie teaches Humanities, Cinema, Art, and Theatre Appreciation. She is passionate about global education and has led 4 summer study abroad trips (England, France, Italy, and Greece). Taurie has developed a zero textbook cost Cinema Appreciation course and is working on two additional OER courses. Over the years she has been very involved at MDC, serving on various campus committees, and currently serves as the co-chair of the Affordable Learning Materials Advisory Council.


Allison Thomas Johnson

Allison Thomas Johnson

Faculty
Miami Dade College
Session: Dismantling Barriers to Student Success through Affordable Learning Materials

Allison Thomas Johnson is an Associate Professor of English at Miami Dade College’s Hialeah campus. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami, where her dissertation focused on the rhetoric of friendship in early modern English women’s writing. Dr. Thomas Johnson serves as Co-Chair of the Affordable Learning Materials Advisory Council and has developed two zero-textbook cost courses for the College using a combination of OER and library resources.


Pamela Williams

Pamela Williams

Faculty
Miami Dade College
Session: Dismantling Barriers to Student Success through Affordable Learning Materials

Chef Pamela Williams is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and a Certified Executive Chef. She holds a Master’s degree in Hospitality management from FIU and is a lead certification evaluator for the ACF.

Pamela has been working in the industry for many years. She has worked and studied in some of the finest restaurants around the globe. From New York City, London, Dallas, New Orleans, Palm Beach and Switzerland, Chef Williams has worked alongside many of the industry’s top professionals.

A strong believer in changing lives through education, Chef Williams is devoting her skills and talents to mentoring the up and coming generations of Hospitality and Culinary students. Chef Williams has spent countless hours teaching students how to chop, dice, sauté and simmer, and sharing with them what it takes to become a successful professional in the culinary and hospitality fields.

As a member of the MCI and Hospitality Institute family, she is very eager to share her experience and knowledge with the next group of aspiring professionals.

 


Scott Matthews

Scott Matthews

Faculty
Florida State College
Session: Teaching Jacksonville History at FSCJ: Strategies for an Affordable and Rigorous Course

Scott is a professor of history at Florida State College at Jacksonville where he's taught since the fall of 2015. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia and taught at Georgia State University in Atlanta before coming to FSCJ. He's first book, Capturing the South: Imagining America's Most Documented Region was published in 2018. He's a Jacksonville native and lives in Atlantic Beach with his wife and nine-year-old daughter.


Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey

Public Services Coordinator at Jacksonville's Library and Learning Commons
Florida State College
Session: Teaching Jacksonville History at FSCJ: Strategies for an Affordable and Rigorous Course

Jennifer Grey serves as the Public Services Coordinator for Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Library and Learning Commons, where she also oversees the college’s archives. She received her Master of Science in Information from Florida State University. She currently represents FSCJ on the Jacksonville Historical Consortium and spends her free time reading 19th century tourist narratives of Jacksonville.