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Chris Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin

Associate Professor

Columbia University

Dr. Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times Best Seller, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too.

Dr. Emdin was named the 2015 Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Educators and has been honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House under President Obama.

Lauren Herckis

Dr. Lauren Herckis

Anthropologist

Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Herckis is an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon University who specializes in faculty culture and the use of technology in higher education. In her research, she applies anthropological methods and theory to explore the ways people engage with innovative technologies, and how these technologies shape culture.

A former Fulbright fellow, Dr. Herckis is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon's Simon Initiative, Block Center for Technology and Society, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Today, her research informs policy making, shapes the development of learning technologies, and illuminates aspects of organizational culture and policy which affect teaching practice.

Mike Silagadze

Mike Silagadze

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Top Hat

Mike Silagadze is the CEO and founder of Top Hat. Under Silagadze’s leadership, Top Hat has become the market leader in student engagement software, and is used by millions of students at three-quarters of the top 1,000 colleges and universities in North America.

Named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2018, Silagadze is actively involved with the entrepreneurial and startup community. He has been on the board of Ontario Centres of Excellence since 2014 and is an angel investor in a number of startups.

Silagadze is an active speaker in the higher education, technology and startup communities, having lectured at the Rotman Commerce Entrepreneurship Organization, the ASU GSV Summit, MaRS, Tech Fest Toronto, SAAS North and T­E­Dx­Laurier­University.

Nina Bilimoria Angelo

Nina Bilimoria Angelo

Vice President Product Marketing

Top Hat

Nina Bilimoria Angelo is Top Hat’s VP of product marketing, responsible for the company’s overall message and value proposition.

With over ten years of senior leadership experience in both the publishing and technology sectors, Angelo joined Top Hat from Pearson, where she led product strategy teams that focused on personalized learning and analytics.

A seasoned “intrapreneur,” Angelo specializes in leading cross-functional teams in strategy creation and execution, market research, product positioning and change management. She holds a BA in International Relations & Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Mustafa Al Lail

Mustafa Al Lail

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Texas A&M International University

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Kyle Anderson

Assistant Professor

University of Saskatchewan

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Charles Atwood

Charles Atwood

Professor Emeritus

University of Utah

Deanna Behnke-Cook

Deanna Behnke-Cook

Lecturer Professor

University of Guelph

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Elaine Bohórquez

Elaine Bohórquez

Teaching Assistant Professor

North Carolina State University

Stephen Buckles

Stephen Buckles

Principal Senior Lecturer in Economics

Vanderbilt University

Nick Carbonaro

Nick Carbonaro

Professor

Long Beach City College

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David Cereceda

David Cereceda

Assistant Professor

Villanova University

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Jennifer Chaytor

Jennifer Chaytor

Associate Professor

Saginaw Valley State University

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Sue-L Cohen

Sue-L Cohen

Teaching Instructor, Program Coordinator

East Carolina University

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Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Associate Professor, Sociology

Bellevue College

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Kathryn Dederichs

Kathryn Dederichs

Professor

University of St. Thomas

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Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan

Lecturer

Arizona State University

Frank Falcone

Frank Falcone

Director, Professional Development & Experiential Education

Villanova University

Steven Forsey

Steven Forsey

Teaching Professor

University of Waterloo

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Laura Freberg

Laura Freberg

Professor

California Polytechnic State University

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Alexander Gainer

Alexander Gainer

Instructor

University of Alberta

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Stacy Gant

Stacy Gant

Director, Instructional Support Services

NC State University

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Terry Gates

Terry Gates

Teaching Assistant Professor

North Carolina State University

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Olga Glebova

Olga Glebova

Lecturer, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Georgia State University

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Kirsten Grant

Kirsten Grant

Clinical Professor

CUNY, Hunter College

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Adina Gray

Adina Gray

Finance and Business Ethics Instructor

Thompson Rivers University

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Cliff Guthrie

Cliff Guthrie

Professor of Ethics and Chair of Humanities

Husson University

Jennifer Harrison

Jennifer Harrison

Lecturer

Arizona State University

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Andrea Hendricks

Andrea Hendricks

Associate Professor, Mathematics; Associate Department Chair, Online Math/Computer Science

Georgia State University

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Demian Hommel

Demian Hommel

Senior Instructor of Geography

Oregon State University

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Lora Jacobi

Lora Jacobi

Associate Professor

Stephen F. Austin State University

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Steve Joordens

Steve Joordens

Professor

University of Toronto

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Brittany Joseph

Brittany Joseph

Assistant Teaching Professor

Bowling Green State University

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Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Professor

University of La Verne

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Jessica Kruger

Jessica Kruger

Clinical Assistant Professor

University at Buffalo

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Nancy Legee

Nancy Legee

Professor

Idaho State University

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Natasha Liebig

Natasha Liebig

Assistant Professor

Adams State University

Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin

Professor of English

Collin College

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Karen McCrindle

Karen McCrindle

Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning / Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning

University of Toronto Scarborough

Safieh Moghaddam

Safieh Moghaddam

Associate Director; Assistant Professor

University of Toronto Scarborough

Larysa Nadolny

Larysa Nadolny

Associate Professor

Iowa State University

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Ricardo Nogueira

Ricardo Nogueira

Senior Lecturer

Georgia State University

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Matthew Numer

Matthew Numer

Associate Professor

Dalhousie University

Brian O'Connell

Brian O'Connell

First Year Engineering Program

Northeastern University

Jamie Pomeranz

Jamie Pomeranz

Associate Professor

University of Florida

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Blake Regan

Blake Regan

Assistant Professor of Instructions

Ohio University

Daniel Roberson

Daniel Roberson

Instructor

Oregon State University

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Jessica Roisen

Jessica Roisen

Professor

St. Ambrose University

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James Ross

James Ross

Associate Professor

East Los Angeles College

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Joe Sanchez

Joe Sanchez

Professor

South Texas College

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Jhones Sarturi

Jhones Sarturi

Associate Professor

Texas Tech University

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Neil Shortland

Neil Shortland

Assistant Professor

University of Massachusetts Lowell

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Sarah Sletten

Sarah Sletten

Associate Professor

University of North Dakota

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Derrick Spiva

Derrick Spiva

Lecturer

San Francisco State University

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Frank Spors

Frank Spors

Associate Professor

Western University of Health Sciences

Stanley Stepanic

Stanley Stepanic

Assistant Professor

University of Virginia

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Sean Thoennes

Sean Thoennes

Professor

Fielding Graduate University

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Clarissa Thompson

Clarissa Thompson

Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator

Fielding Graduate University

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Koffajuah Toeque

Koffajuah Toeque

Professor and Instructional Designer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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David Weiss

David Weiss

Applied Statistics Lecturer

Rutgers University

Isaac Wiegman

Isaac Wiegman

Lecturer

Texas State University

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Erica Woekel

Erica Woekel

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Lifetime Fitness for Health Program

Oregon State University

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Troy Wood

Troy Wood

Associate Professor

University at Buffalo

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Shauna Zorich

Shauna Zorich

Clinical Assistant Professor

University at Buffalo

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