Meet the Instructors
The Certificate Program in Universal Design: Technology Integration is taught by a mix of Landmark College and Marlboro College Graduate School faculty and staff. Each one brings unique experience to provide program participants with a wide range of views and knowledge.
Manju Banerjee, Ph.D.
Dr. Banerjee brings over 27 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is Co-Principal Investigator of a $1.03 million federal grant investigating the application of principles of Universal Design to online and blended courses. During her professional tenure she has served as a researcher, faculty member, and disability service provider. Dr. Banerjee is also a faculty member and Research Scholar at the Center for Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Caleb is the director of the EdTech Masters program at Marlboro College Graduate School (MCGS). He also teaches and coordinates academic technology support at the MCGS. He has been a Web geek since 1994 and an educational technologist since 1999. His interests include: online portfolios, video/photo production skills, and humanizing technology.
Geoff Burgess has over twenty five years of teaching students with learning differences at Landmark College. He teaches courses for both the Communications and Education Departments focusing on media ethics and internet issues as well as educational pedagogy and practice. Drawing in part from his six years of elementary school teaching prior to Landmark, Geoff helps coordinate a mentoring program between Landmark college students and local school children. In addition, Geoff serves as the Chair of the Communications Department and is responsible for starting the campus radio station (WLMC), student newspaper (The Independent), and the Landmark College Academic Speaker Series. He earned a Masters in Teaching with Technology from the Marlboro GradCenter and holds the rank of Associate Professor. Geoff has three adult children and lives in West Brattleboro, Vermont with his wife.
Anne M. Fein has 27 years of experience in the field of Education. A 22-year faculty member of Landmark College, she is an Associate Professor with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston University in Educational Media and Technology. Anne also has a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development for Students with Learning Disabilities. During her tenure at Landmark College, she has taught Communication, Study Skills, Self-Management and First-Year courses in addition to serving as an Academic Advisor and the chapter advisor for Landmark College’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter. In 2001 Anne designed and launched Landmark College’s Office of Assistive Technology Services and the Digital Text Library. At this time her focus is on designing and teaching hybrid courses for students with learning disabilities at Landmark College, the nation’s first college with a mission focused on providing challenging educational opportunities for students with learning disabilities.
Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ph.D.
Dr. Dahlstrom-Hakki is a Research and Education Specialist with the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training. He earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research has focused on visual perception and on learning. He is currently PI of an NSF Research in Disabilities Education Grant HRD-1128948 entitled "Investigating the Effectiveness of TinkerPlots in Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Understand Statistical Concepts." This grant is focused on improving introductory level statistics courses for students with LD at the postsecondary level. Dr. Dahlstrom-Hakki has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at a number of campuses including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Holyoke Community College, and the University of Phoenix. Dr. Dahlstrom-Hakki is primarily focused on the development of research projects aimed at investigating new or evaluating existing methods of delivering educational content to students with learning disabilities. In addition, he provides workshops and trainings on effective approaches to teaching STEM content to students with LD and on Universal Design for Instruction.
Linda Hecker, M.Ed
Linda is a life-long educator, with over 35 years as a special educator, 27 of them at Landmark College, where she is a member of the founding faculty. She has directed tutorial and teacher training programs, taught English, study skills, and music classes, and served as an academic advisor and academic dean. She was appointed to the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training in 2001, and currently serves as Lead Education Specialist. She frequently presents workshops, seminars and graduate courses for educators and parents. Ms. Hecker is the author of several articles and book chapters, including work on multisensory learning and Assistive Technology. Her areas of interest and research include: assistive technology, adolescent literacy, pedagogy for teaching composition, reading, and study skills, and adult education. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M. Ed from the University of Hartford. In her free time she doubles as a free-lance violinist/violist.
Christie Herbert is a lifelong educator, who has taught at Landmark College since 1986. She received her master’s in teaching English as a Second Language from the School for International Training and a B.A. in literature from Reed College. Prior to Landmark, she taught in Boston, England, Japan, and served for two years as a teacher trainer in a refugee camp in Thailand. She also directed a FIPSE grant that studied the teaching of foreign languages to students with learning differences. Christie has an extensive background in teaching about educational issues, pedagogy, and learning differences at the undergraduate and graduate level. She places a high value on experiential and service learning, and has run a mentoring program for local middle-schoolers at Landmark for the last 10 years. In 2008 she was instrumental in starting a ceramics program at Landmark, and is currently mid-way through an MFA in Visual Studies degree at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Sapna Prasad, Ph.D.
Dr. Sapna Prasad has been an educator for ten years and has a research background in Cognitive Psychology. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at the Community College of Allegheny County and at Rutgers University, and has served as an academic advisor, a research advisor and a service learning advisor. She joined Landmark College Institute for Research and Training in 2010 as a Research and Education Specialist, and trains educators on topics including the Neuroscience of Learning, ASD, and the Universal Design for Instruction. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an AT&T Foundation grant and an NSF Alliance for Access to Computing Careers minigrant. These grants are focused on increasing the participation of students with disabilities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
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