Welcome Our New OER Faculty Fellows!

The Queens College Library is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 OER Faculty Fellows! These seventeen fellows represent a wide range of academic disciplines and pedagogical approaches, but they are all committed to developing open educational resources that will improve the educational experience of Queens College students.

Faculty Fellows will help Queens College students succeed by reducing the financial burden of high-cost textbooks and generating high-quality alternatives that are up-to-date, accessible, innovative, and pedagogically responsible. The Queens College Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning will help fellows find, create, evaluate, and implement zero-cost and/or open materials for a course that will run in Summer or Fall 2020.

Thanks to a generous grant from the State of New York, OER initiatives at Queens College have saved our students more than $500,000 in the past three years.

For more information on how open educational resources and zero-textbook cost materials help our students, visit the Guide to Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost Materials.

Author: Leila Walker

Leila Walker is the Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian. She oversees the creation and development of resources to support digital scholarship at Queens College, and invites partnership with faculty, staff, and students on their digital projects. In coordination with the Center for Teaching and Learning, she seeks out new opportunities to advance digital pedagogy, and leads and organizes training workshops. In 2018, she spearheaded the Open Educational Resources and Digital Literacy Faculty Fellowship, a grant-funded program that guides faculty in the responsible creation of OER courses. In 2018-2019, she is leading the OER initiative at Queens College, and providing library instruction for English, Drama, and Comparative Literature courses while Nancy Foasberg is on sabbatical. Leila has a PhD in British romantic literature from the CUNY Graduate Center. Prior to joining the Queens College Library faculty, she taught in the English department and served as the Research Associate for Shelley and his Circle, a multi-volume scholarly publication of manuscript materials held in the Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle. She held a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2015-2016. Her research interests include the digital humanities, British romantic literature, pedagogy, scholarly editing, and the history of the book.