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Thomas C. Priester, Ph.D.

A new Open SUNY textbook by Thomas Priester was released on August 21, 2015. Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom (FAS: WoW) introduces you to the various aspects of student and academic life on campus and prepares you to thrive as a successful college student (since there is a difference between a college student and a successful college student). Each section of FAS: WoW is framed by self-authored, true-to-life short stories from actual State University of New York (SUNY) students, employees, and alumni. The advice they share includes a variety of techniques to help you cope with the demands of college. The lessons learned are meant to enlarge your awareness of self with respect to your academic and personal goals and assist you to gain the necessary skills to succeed in college.

Thomas Priester is a hope-inspired educator dedicated to helping others interact with the future, and holds a Doctor of Education degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, a Master of Science degree in Student Personnel Administration from SUNY Buffalo State, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary English Education from Fredonia (where he is also a member of the Alumni Board of Directors). Having worked previously in the areas of academic success, student life, student leadership development, orientation, academic advising, and residence life, Dr. Priester currently serves as the Director of Transitional Studies/Assistant Professor at SUNY Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY where he is also an advisor to the campus chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the chairperson of both the Academic Assessment and the Transitional Studies Committees, and a member of both the Institutional Effectiveness and the Academic Senate Curriculum Committees.

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Hiroki Sayama, D.Sc.

A new SUNY Open Textbook by Hiroki Sayama was released on August 13, 2015. Introduction to the Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems introduces students to mathematical/computational modeling and analysis developed in the emerging interdisciplinary field of Complex Systems Science. This textbook is available as a free PDF download and print copies are available for order on In its first 24 hours after it was announced this book was downloaded over 800 times!

Dr. Sayama is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo), at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He received his BSc, MSc and DSc in Information Science, all from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He did his postdoctoral work at the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1999 to 2002.

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James M. Pitarresi, Laura Anderson, Joseph Brennan and Daniel McKinney

Binghamton University professors James M. Pitarresi, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor and Assistant Provost and Executive Director, Center for Learning and Teaching, Laura Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences, Joseph Brennan, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences, and Daniel McKinney, Adjunct Lecturer, recently completed an Innovative Instructional Technology Grant- funded project to make an open online Calculus I course. This endeavor was motivated by their research comparing traditional face-to-face classroom methods with a "flipped" online pedagogy using video lectures along with multiple opportunities to pass required examinations. Using the flipped classroom, student success increased and withdrawal and failure rates decreased.

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Rhianna Rogers

Rhianna Rogers has trained as both an anthropological-archaeologist and historian, specializing in Mesoamerica and native cultures of the United States. She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over eight years of field and museum experience. She is currently a member of the MA in Liberal Studies Core Faculty and a tenure track faculty member/mentor at SUNY ESC-Niagara Frontier Center where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Social Sciences.

Dr. Rogers has developed practical strategies for implementing OER in the design of course assignments and writes and presents on:

  1. The use and reuse of existing OERs.
  2. Effective implementation of OERs into current teaching models
  3. Assessing OER effectiveness and sustainability in course assignments.

Her publications and presentations on OERs are available on her faculty web page and you can read more in her Open SUNY Cote Note.

David Usinski

David Usinski, Ph.D.

Since Fall 2013, Dr. David Usinski at Erie County Community College has used open textbooks, Open Learning Initiative's Concepts in Statistics, and MyOpenMath in two courses to save 440 students $120 on textbook costs, totally $52,800. Based on David's success and enthusiasm, several other faculty at Erie CC have switched to OER. In March 2015, David won an award from Erie Community College called "Imagine This.." and was selected as a Faculty Fellow for SUNYCon 2015.

David assessed other metrics for measuring the benefit of OER by comparing the Pass, Fail, and Withdrawal rates of his courses using open textbooks with sections of the same courses that are using publisher's textbooks. The results can be seen in these graphs:

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Susan E. Lowey, Ph.D.

A new Open SUNY textbook by Dr. Susan E. Lowey, Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know, was released on December 14, 2015 and should be an essential component of basic educational preparation for the professional registered nurse student. Recent studies show that only one in four nurses feel confident in caring for dying patients and their families and less than 2% of overall content in nursing textbooks is related to end-of-life care, despite the tremendous growth in palliative and end-of-life care programs. The purpose of this text is to provide an in-depth look at death and dying in this country, including the vital role of the nurse in assisting patients and families along the journey towards the end of life.

Dr. Susan E. Lowey works with both juniors and seniors in the traditional Nursing program at SUNY Brockport, teaching Community Health Nursing and Nursing Research. She earned her PhD in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester and was awarded a Claire M. Fagin Fellowship from the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program for her post-doctoral work. Improving care at the end of life, with a particular focus on symptom management, is the focus of Dr. Lowey's research. The majority of her clinical practice has been as a community health hospice nurse providing care for dying patients and their loved ones.

Harris Kwong

Harris Kwong, Ph.D.

A new open SUNY textbook by Dr. Harris Kwong was released on November 6, 2015. A Spiral Workbook in Discrete Mathematics covers the standard topics in a sophomore-level course in discrete mathematics: logic, sets, proof techniques, basic number theory, functions, relations, and elementary combinatorics, with an emphasis on motivation. It explains and clarifies the unwritten conventions in mathematics, and guides the students through a detailed discussion on how a proof is revised from its draft to a final polished form.

Harris Kwong is a mathematics professor at SUNY Fredonia. He was born and raised in Hong Kong. After finishing high school there, he came to the United States to further his education. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory. His work appears in many international mathematics journals.

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Sophia Georgiakaki

Sophia Georgiakaki is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Sophia teaches Intermediate Algebra using OERs. She served as a developer for Kaleidoscope's Intermediate Algebra course and she is in the process of developing College Algebra & Trigonometry with Precalculus. She earned her B.S. from the University of Economics and Business in Athens, Greece and her M.S. from Cornell University. Sophia won the 2011 Chancellor's Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching.

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Amber Gilewski

Amber Gilewski is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at TC3, and also has experience teaching in China and Taiwan and worked for several years in the mental health field. Amber has been using OERs for over two years and served as a developer for Kaleidoscope's Introduction to Psychology course. She was also a course developer for the Carnegie Mellon Community College Open Learning Initiative and is currently involved in a pilot study using the Introduction to Psychology open course materials in her classes. Amber received her BA in psychology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and an MA in clinical-counseling psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. She has taught psychology at various institutions since 2004.

Professors Georgiakaki and Gilewski are featured in these TC3 videos about OERs:

Open SUNY Textbooks publishes Instruction in Functional Assessment by Marcie Desrochers & Moira Fallon

Instruction in Functional Assessment by Marcie Desrochers and Moira Fallon, both professors at SUNY Brockport, is the latest publication of Open SUNY Textbooks.

Marcie Desrochers earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Manitoba with specialization in developmental disabilities, applied behavior analysis, and computer applications in psychology. She is a board certified behavior analysis at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). Dr. Desrochers is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Marcie Desrochers has conducted research on teaching functional assessment and evaluating the effectiveness of a computer simulation program called Simulations in Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Moira Fallon earned her Ph.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of New Mexico with specialties in cognitive development and special education. She has over thirty years of experience in the field of special education in public schools. She holds certifications from several states in learning disabilities, behavior disabilities, early intervention, and assistive technology. Dr. Fallon has published widely in issues of inclusion and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. She is a Professor in the Department of Education and Human Development at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.