The Graduate Center Welcomes Two New Open Educational Technologists

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center (GCTLC) and GC Digital Initiatives (GCDI) are pleased to announce the hiring of two Open Educational Technologists who will support open pedagogical projects at the GC and throughout CUNY. Their work will primarily center on support for teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons, Manifold Scholarship, and Vocat, three homegrown open source educational technology platforms used in teaching and research across the CUNY system.

Please join us in welcoming Laurie Hurson and Krystyna Michael!

Laurie Hurson HeadshotLaurie Hurson is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, and will be based in the GCTLC. Her work explores students’ learning ecologies and how these resource networks shape student learning processes and engagement. She teaches “Principles of New Media” at Baruch College and has a background in faculty development programming and open source educational technology support and development. Previously, Laurie was a Graduate Fellow at the GCTLC and a Hybrid Coordinator at Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She was the Coordinator for Planning and Development for, and collaborated with Dr. Shelly Eversley (English, Baruch College) to develop EqualityArchive, an OER focused on the history of sex and gender equality in the United States.

Krystyna Michael HeadshotKrystyna Michael is a graduate of the PhD program in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. Before joining the GCDI, Krystyna was an Instructional Technology Fellow at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, where she supported faculty use of technology in online curricula and co-created a CUNY-wide course and template on Accessibility and Universal Design in Learning. She is also a member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Instructional Technology and Pedagogy and is excited to be working with CUNY’s investment in open educational resources. Krystyna has taught at several CUNY campuses and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Krystyna’s research explores the relationship between transformations in urban planning and domestic ideology through American literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is interested in the intersections between the digital humanities, American literature, and urban and domestic space, and has published articles and reviews in The Edith Wharton Review, The Journal of American Studies, and Postmedieval.

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