Many thanks to the Rebus Community project leads who generously shared their time, insights, and honesty in the making of this collection of reports.
Christina Hendricks is a professor of teaching and researcher in philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is a long-time advocate for and champion of open educational resources (OER). Her open textbook project, Introduction to Philosophy, started as one book and then grew into a series of nine individual titles.
Chelsea Green an associate professor of music at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She also directs the Cairo Guitar Collective and the AUC Guitar Ensemble. Nadine Aboulmagd is a senior officer in instructional design and digital education at AUC, working in their Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT). Maha Bali is an associate professor of practice, also affiliated with the CLT at AUC. Their project, Sight-Reading for Guitar: The Keep Going Method Book and Video Series includes embedded graphics, videos, musical scores, and MP3 audio exercises.
Deb Amory is a a cultural anthropologist who teaches anthropology, queer culture, and LGBTQ+ studies at SUNY Empire State College. Sean Massey is an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at Binghamton University, where he is also affiliated with the School of Management. Allison Brown is the Digital Publishing Services Manager at SUNY Geneseo. Within two days of posting the call for contributors to Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies: An Open Textbook, the team had nearly 30 people get in contact with them.
Now retired, Linda Frederiksen was the Head of Access Services at Washington State University (WSU), with interests in global resource sharing, e-books, and interlibrary loan systems. Sue Phelps is the Health Sciences and Outreach Services Librarian at WSU, and is involved in research on information literacy, accessibility of learning materials, and diversity and equity in higher education. Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students is available in both print and digital formats.
Michelle Ferrier is the Dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communications at Florida A&M University and co-hosts the annual Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. Liz Mays is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University and the former marketing manager for Rebus Foundation. She currently works in sales and marketing for Pressbooks. Their book, Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was most recently revised and re-released in the summer of 2019.
Michelle Reed is the Director of Open Educational Resources at the University of Texas Arlington and is a past participant in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program. Sarah Hare is a scholarly communications librarian at Indiana University, working to educate and advise the campus community on open access and related issues. Jessica Kirschner is an OER librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she coordinates the library’s open and affordable course materials initiative. Marking Open & Affordable Courses, their collaborative OER, helps institutions identify their courses as OER-based.
Timothy Robbins is an assistant professor of English at Graceland University in Iowa, where his research includes the ways readers interpret and use literary texts to bring about action towards social change. His project, the Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, is produced in collaboration with his own students.
Julie Ward is an assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Oklahoma, where her scholarly focus is on Mexican drama, narrative, and performance. Antología abierta de literatura hispana, which is also created in collaboration with students, has proven to be an effective learning tool that also reduces classroom attrition.
Werner Westermann is a history teacher and the head of the civic education program at the Library of Congress in Chile. He also consults on instructional design, e-learning platforms, and virtual and personal learning environments. His Spanish-language version of the Digital Citizenship Toolkit is based on an English-language OER of the same name, led by Ryerson University’s Michelle Schwartz.
Dave Dillon is a full-time faculty member at Grossmont College in California, where his key focus is helping students succeed in both academics and athletics. Blueprint for Success in College and Career has been lauded by several organizations, receiving both the Textbook & Academic Authors Association 2019 Textbook Award and the Open Textbook Award for Excellence from the Open Ed Consortium.