a bit about me:
Call me "Staci"
Twitter - @StaciAGilpin
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I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Social Work at The College of St. Scholastica and a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota. I teach and design graduate and undergraduate courses using multiple delivery methods to include face-to-face, online, and blended.
Before moving into higher education, I worked in both urban and rural K-12 schools for nearly 20 years as a teacher for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities, elementary classroom teacher, instructional coach, and special education administrator. During this time, I worked in schools that served large populations of Indigenous students. As a result, I also see digital spaces as having the potential, in part, to provide equity and access for students from historically underrepresented groups.
One of my identities that continues to impact me professionally is around growing up on a family farm in rural northwest Iowa. This experience and the unique assets and needs of rural America are always on my mind, leading me to advocate for quality online instruction as an avenue to provide access to higher education for those who live in rural areas and to address related teacher shortages.
My research utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs with social justice and equity lens to study the scholarship of teaching and learning, online learning, open educational resources, and teacher preparation. I present at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), OpenEd, and AERA National Conferences. I recently published a model of persistence for online learners and I have two forthcoming book chapters about designing and using equitable online discussions. Further, I am a 2020-2021 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Open Educational Resources Fellow