Meet the inaugural class of Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teachers

The Offices of the Provost, Graduate & Extended Learning, and Instructional Technology are pleased to announce the fall 2020 Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teachers, who will pilot this new program to provide peer support for faculty in online and hybrid education.

SUNY New Paltz’s first-ever Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teachers are:

  • Helena Costakis (Business)
  • Martine Green-Rogers (Theatre Arts)
  • Andrew Higgins (English)
  • Caroline Hoppenwasser (Teaching & Learning)
  • Blair Proctor (Black Studies, New Faculty Mentor)
  • Rachel Rigolino (English)
  • Kevin Shanley (Engineering)

Each week during the fall semester, one of these seven faculty mentors will be available during virtual drop-in hours, offering peer-to-peer advice to other instructors on a wide range of topics related to online and hybrid teaching.

Rachel Rigolino

Rachel Rigolino will be the first Mentor Teacher offering drop-in hours, and will be available to answer questions via Webex on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., during the first two weeks of the semester (Aug. 24 – Sept. 4).

Use this link to access Rigolino’s Mentor Teacher drop-in hours beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m.

Additionally, all seven Mentor Teachers are available to provide advice and assistance via email.

About the Peer Instructional Design Mentor Teacher Program
The goal of this program is to support the advancement of faculty expertise in the design, development and delivery of online, hybrid and blended courses, a goal made all the more important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about the Mentor Teacher Program via this link.