Marilyn Billings (Key Note Speaker)
Marilyn Billings is the Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she has been the head of the Office of Scholarly Communication at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library since 2006. She provides leadership in alternative scholarly communication strategies, including open access, open education and the role of digital repositories in today’s academic environment. She oversees the management of the UMass Amherst institutional repository ScholarWorks at UMass Amherst and provides leadership and inspiration for the campus’ Open Education Initiative established in 2011. At the national level, she is a member of SPARC’s OER Advisory Committee and is an Open Textbook Network presenter. Marilyn received her BS in Biology and Psychology from Bates College and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island.
Karen Cangialosi is Coordinator of Faculty Enrichment and Professor of Biology at Keene State College. She also serves as the KSC Open Education Faculty Fellow where she facilitates an Open Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community, and is co-leader of KSC Open, a Domain of One’s Own campus project. Karen spearheaded a movement to replace traditional textbooks with OER and other freely available resources for almost all KSC biology courses; and she incorporates methods of Open Pedagogy in all of her own courses including Animal Behavior, Evolution and Human Behavior, Tropical Marine Biology, and Invertebrate Zoology. She also runs a coral reef monitoring program in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and a research program on the behavioral ecology of spiders in Keene, NH.
Kirk Read is a Professor of French and Francophone Studies with research interests in Early Modern French literature, and more recently French language pedagogy where he uses theatre as a vehicle for language acquisition and cultural engagement.
Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton is Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies at Bates College and the Consortium Director for QUBES (qubeshub.org). She has a broad interest in mathematical biology, education, networks, and equity and social justice in STEM higher education, which emphasizes access to open education and professional development. Dr. Diaz Eaton is the Chair for the MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics and a proud SACNAS Leadership Fellow (‘18). She is the current co-Chair of the Education subgroup of the Society for Mathematical Biology on the editorial board for PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematical Undergraduate Studies. She also is leading a project called Math Mamas, which brings together a group of narrative projects at the intersection of mathematics, motherhood and academia. You can follow her on Twitter at @mathprofcarrie.
Meredith Greer is a mathematician at Bates whose research involves applications of mathematics, especially to epidemiology and ecology. Since 2005, she has developed several courses requiring no textbook purchase by students. Some of these courses rely primarily on a single text available as an Open Educational Resource, while others combine materials she has designed and collected specifically for the course, including in-class activities, lecture notes, software files, book excerpts, news stories, and professional journal articles. In addition to addressing textbook affordability and availability, these approaches increase the opportunities for students to connect mathematics to the surrounding world.