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OpenOKState Fellows: Meet the Fellows

OpenOKState Fellows

Lisa Wright

Dr. Lisa E. Wright earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing Nonfiction. She currently serves as an Assistant Director for OSU’s Writing Center and First-Year-Composition program. As an OpenOKState Fellow, she contributed a co-authored chapter “Creative Writers Teach Techniques for Analyzing Any Text” in Who Teaches Writing?, an open access resource designed for first-year-writing courses.

Irissa Baxter

Irissa's involvement with OER is primarily focused in how we can ensure inclusion of accurate information both about the LGBTQ+ community specifically and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) more broadly. I’m interested in how we can ensure students have easily accessible information that provides an accurate picture of the history of systemic oppression and its impacts on our world.



Alex Bishop

Dr. Alex Bishop is developing teaching, learning and research materials for Gerontologic Science that will include traditional written components as well as multimedia resources such as podcasts and interactive elements. He plans to interview Subject Matter Experts from across the country to discuss issues such as successful aging, human life expectancy, longevity, and other topics related to the field of Gerontology. Currently no such work like this exists within the Gerontology academic community, and his groundbreaking work will fill a unique need as well as serve as an example for others in his field to follow.


Ashley Burkett

Ashley Burkett

Dr. Burkett’s course redesign incorporated a creative approach through which she used the study of dinosaur anatomy, physiology and behavior to introduce students to the scientific process and associated methods of investigation. In addition to conceptualization and creation of the course design, Dr. Burkett created instructional materials and activities which provided an exceptional learning experience for her students. The resources were created specifically to meet the localized needs of her Oklahoma State University students and were free for those in her course to access and use. Her course design has addressed a gap in her discipline, leveraging a unique pedagogical approach to help students discover how to come to their own conclusions based on evidence. In addition to these benefits to her students and department, Dr. Burkett shares her experience and expertise in creating OER through her service on the OSU OER Working Group.


Larisa Callaway-Cole

Dr. Callaway-Cole is involved in the OER Working Group and is continuing to learn the ropes of OER as an OpenOKState Fellow. Larisa has contributed to the development of a zero-cost degree program at another institution. She continues to develop zero-cost materials in her courses at OSU and focuses on pedagogical tools to support student engagement and decolonizing practices in the curation of course materials.


Sarah Foss

Dr. Sarah Foss is exploring curation and creation of open and non-commercial resources to support student experiences in the course Plantation to Plate.


Brian Hosmer

Dr. Brian Hosmer is a Professor at Oklahoma State University currently serving as Head of the Department of History. Dr. Hosmer's scholarship includes exploring curation and creation of open and non-commercial materials for a course on Oklahoma History which includes non-dominant narratives.


Anand Patel

Dr. Anand Patel is developing teaching, learning, and research materials for Intro to Algebraic Geometry. The resource will be a "deconstructed" mathematics textbook made using the Obsidian knowledge base system. Dr. Patel stated, "Ask any graduate student what they think of algebraic geometry, and the response will be a cocktail of fear, respect, and insecurity. I want to show people that the subject is grounded in down-to-earth things."


Kathryn Weinland

Dr. Kathryn Weinland is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her area of scholarship is Speech Communication. Dr. Weinland collaborated with others in her department to curate existing resources to create customized teaching, learning, and research materials now being used department-wide in teaching Introduction to Speech Communications and Intercultural Communications classes.

OpenOKState Student Fellows


Aletha Baker

OpenOKState Undergraduate Research Scholar


Christina Baxter


Beth Beker
Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: Computer Science and Japanese
OK-LSAMP Scholar
2019-2020 Orientation Team Leader


Kallie Chapman


My major is psychology and I am an active member of the Honors College. I am the Social Media Chair of the Native American Student Association for the 2022-23 school year. I am a Library Ambassador as well as a Student Assistant in the Dean's Office. 


Sophie Foster

Sophie FosterI am an aviation major in my second year originally from near Dallas. I love reading and drawing, and my time at OSU has been some of the best years of my life. I look forward to continuing working and studying at OSU in the coming years.

Trinity July

My major is Sociology with a concentration in Environment and Society. I am a part of the Feminist Collective. Whether or not textbooks are required definitely impacts my attitude going into certain classes. One of my favorite classes did not require a textbook, but rather the professor posted articles as assigned readings. Since these readings were hand-chosen by the instructor, they supplemented the course very well and the instructor was passionate when teaching them. Even though it was actually more reading than most classes I’ve had with textbooks, I found that I was engaging with these materials a lot more and was excited to read them each week.

As the Community Outreach Coordinator for OpenOKState, I have had so many great opportunities to connect with students and hear their stories about the real costs of textbooks. I have organized tabling events to raise awareness among the student body and I have connected with other organizations on campus. I feel incredibly fulfilled by the work we do and hope to continually expand our outreach!


Abby Kistner

Abby is an Edmon Low Library Ambassador, and in her position helps share insight into how significant the problem of textbook costs can be in the lives of OSU students.



Patience Lightfoot

Patience is also part of our OpenOKState student outreach leadership team.


Rachel McKisick

Class of 2022
Marketing and Hospitality Major
President | Business Student Council


Lindsay Myers

I am a Ph.D. student in the Social Foundations of Education program, and a GTA for Social Foundations, teaching both online and in person courses. I joined OpenOKState to learn how to better advocate for students and educational access. This experience has taught me about the OER process, including all of the stakeholders involved in these types of decisions. OpenOKState has equipped me to imagine the various ways I might use OER in my future teaching and scholarship to provide a more equitable learning experience for all students.


Ishani Ray

Ishani RayI am majoring in Chemistry with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience. I currently work as a writing tutor at the Writing Center, a STEM intern for CEAT and as a library ambassador. I joined OpenOKState because as someone that can relate to the struggles of affording textbook costs, I want to be an advocate for OER, accessible education, academic freedom and innovative pedagogy.



Sarah Skillings