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NATHAN WHITLEY-GRASSI

Skilled Educator and Accomplished Academic

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ABOUT NATHAN WHITLEY-GRASSI

Dr. Nathan Whitley-Grassi is the Director of Digital Accessibility, Media, and Learning Environments and an Assistant Professor at SUNY Empire State College. He holds a PhD in Education focusing on STEM and Educational Technology from Walden University and holds additional graduate degrees in Biological Anthropology and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from SUNY University at Buffalo as well as a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Armstrong State University / Georgia Southern University.


Whitley-Grassi teaches in both the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies (MALET) program as well as the Undergraduate department of Natural Sciences offering courses in biological anthropology, conservation, and ecology and evolution topics at the undergraduate level.


Whitley-Grassi’s research interests include increasing access to STEM experiences through innovative technology integration.

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ACADEMIC CAREER

Professional Experience

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY, MEDIA, AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

2020-Present

State University of New York Empire State College

Digital Accessibility, Digital Media, & Digital Environments 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

2011- Present

State University of New York Empire State College

School of Science Math and Technology, department of Natural Sciences

School for Graduate Studies​

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES

2015-2020

State University of New York Empire State College

Educational & Emerging Technologies - Information Technology Services                   

LECTURER / SENIOR LECTURER / ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

2009-2019

Niagara University

Adjunct Professor 2013 - 2019

Senior Lecturer  2011 - 2013

Lecturer  2009 - 2011

VISITING SCHOLAR

2014-2017

State University of New York, University at Buffalo

Center for Educational Innovation

FACULTY INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIST

2010-2015

State University of New York Empire State College

Academic Technologies

RESEARCH INSTRUCTOR

2010-2012

State University of New York University at Buffalo 

School of Medicine and Biomedical Science

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PUBLISHED WORK

Peer Reviewed and Book Chapters

2021

MEDICAL VS. SOCIAL MODELS OF DISABILITY: INCREASING INCLUSION AND PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS IN ONLINE AND BLENDED LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION.

Whitley-Grassi, N., Whitley-Grassi, B., Hoppel, S., & Zgliczynski, M., (2021) Medical vs. Social Models of Disability: Increasing Inclusion and Participation of Students in Online and Blended Learning in Higher Education. International Perspectives on Supporting and Engaging Online Learners. Blessinger, P., & Hoffman, J.. (Eds.).

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2018

EXPANDING ACCESS TO SCIENCE FIELD-BASED RESEARCH TECHNIQUES FOR ONLINE STUDENTS THROUGH OER

Matias, A., Woo, K., & Whitley-Grassi, N. (2018). Expanding Access to Science Field-Based Research Techniques for Online Students through OER. International Journal of Open Educational Resources,1(1). doi:10.18278/ijoer.1.1.7

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2016

ECOLOGY AND EARTH SCIENCE VIRTUAL FIELD EXPERIENCES OERS: EXPANDING ACCESS TO FIELD-BASED RESEARCH TECHNIQUES FOR STUDENTS AT A DISTANCE

Matais, A., Whitley-Grassi, N., & Woo, K., (2016) Ecology and Earth Science Virtual Field Experiences OERs: Expanding Access to Field-Based Research Techniques for Students at a Distance. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education. Blessinger, P., & Bliss, T. J. (Eds.). Open Book Publishers

2015

TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT PROJECT (TOEP): DISCOVERING AND EXPLORING WITHIN A SUPPORTIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

Sullivan, R., van Putten, C. & Whitley-Grassi, N. (2015). Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): Discovering and exploring within a supportive professional development community. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015 (pp. 1147-1149).

2014

ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH STRUCTURED INQUIRY AND A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY

Sullivan, R., Tysick, C.A., Pilawski, B., Shi, S., van Putten, C., & Whitley-Grassi, N. (2014) Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): Online Professional Development through Structured Inquiry and a Virtual Community. Inquiry Based Learning for Faculty and Instructional Development. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

2013

TECHNOLOGY APPROACHES TO FINAL PAPERS AND PROJECTS

Whitley-Grassi, N & Hoefler, P. (2013). Technology Approaches to Final Papers and Projects. In C. Wankel & P. Blessinger (Ed.s) Increasing Student Engagement and Retention using Social Technologies: Facebook, e-portfolios and other Social Networking Services. Chapter 8. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

2010

COMPARISON OF EFFECTIVENESS OF CLASS ATTENDANCE VS. ONLINE LECTURE VIEWING IN LEARNING HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

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TEACHING AT EMPIRE STATE

Recent Course Offerings

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SCHOOL FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

  • Designing Immersive STEM Learning Experiences

  • Assessing Learning in Digital Environments

  • Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Driven Learning Design

  • Advanced Assessment and Learning Analytics

  • STEM Education Ecology Field Experience

  • Learning and Educational Technology Internship

  • Research Methods

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL SCIENCES

  • Biological Anthropology

  • Primate Behavioral Ecology

  • Mammalogy

  • Evolution / Ecology

  • Ecology & Earth Science Field Methods

  • Wildlife Conservation

  • Research Methods

PROJECTS AND RESEARCH

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