SPARC is thrilled to congratulate the sixth cohort of the Open Education Leadership Program on their graduation from the program. The 2022-23 cohort includes a wide range of academic professionals from across the U.S. and Canada, representing a variety of institution types and professional roles. This year’s graduating class also brings the program’s total graduate count to 126.

Graduation marks the end of a two-semester journey through an intensive and challenging year. During the fall semester, the cohort completed an online course designed to build subject matter mastery on open education and formulate a roadmap for a capstone project. During the spring semester, fellows implemented their capstone projects with support from a mentor, many of whom are graduates of the program themselves. Emerging themes from the cohort’s capstone projects included developing textbook market analyses, marketing campaign plans, speaker series, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) resources, train-the-trainer toolkits, and many others. 

We are so proud of the resilience, determination, and leadership that carried this year’s cohort through this year. We know that they will continue to succeed in their work and can’t wait to see where they go next!

2022-2023 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellows

  • Amy Ballmer, Chair of Library Teaching, Learning & Collection Development, Pratt Institute
  • Amy Gay, Assistant Head of Digital Initiatives for Digital Scholarship, Binghamton University
  • Andrea Kingston, Social Sciences & STEM Librarian, University of Rochester
  • Angela Boyd, Instruction / OER Librarian, San Diego Miramar College
  • Beth Cummins, Flexible Learning Coordinator, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Emilie Algenio, OER and Scholarly Communications Librarian, George Mason University
  • Janice Winkler, Open Educational Resources Librarian, University of Manitoba
  • Jess Williams, Assistant Director, Teaching & Learning, Texas State University
  • Joanna Hunt, Head of Access Services, Central Washington University
  • Kayla Reed, Systems, Discovery and Digital Strategy Librarian, Grinnell College
  • Kristin Whitman, Library Director, Portland-Metro Campus, Oregon Tech
  • Melissa Chim, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Excelsior University
  • Michele Behr, Scholarly Communications and Open Educational Resources Librarian, Western Michigan University 
  • Nasser Saleh, Head Engineering & Science Librarian, Queen’s University
  • Quetzalli Barrientos, Open Education Research Librarian, Harvard Graduate School of Education-Gutman Library
  • Sabrina Davis, Open Educational Resources Librarian, Texas Tech University
  • Sam Cheng, Open Education and Copyright Librarian, Sheridan College
  • Sarah Northam, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Veronica Vold, Open Education Instructional Designer, Open Oregon Educational Resources

2022-2023 SPARC Open Education Leadership Mentors

*SPARC will be taking a year off from offering the Open Education Leadership Program in 2023-24. Sign up to be notified when applications next open and feel free to browse the curriculum, which is openly published.