Marc Ebenfield, Ph.D. joined the University of New England in August 2019. Prior to UNE, he directed the Center for Teaching Innovation at Salem State University from 2006–2019. He has also served as the lead instructional technologist at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Rider University (2002–2006) and as director of the Language Lab at Bryn Mawr College (1997-2001). He has a Ph.D. in Russian language and literature, specializing in second language acquisition, and an M.S. in the instructional design of online learning. He has taught online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He currently serves as the president of the New England Faculty Development Consortium, a private organization that provides resources and faculty development events for institutions both public and private across New England.
Dr. Ebenfield’s extensive experience helps him guide faculty at both the undergraduate and graduate level on the implementation of high-impact practices, assessment, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has often worked to received grant funding for larger projects on high-impact practices. He received two grants from the Davis Educational Foundation — one for faculty learning communities and the other to work with department teams to redesign courses with high dropout and failure rates. He has substantial experience with service learning, receiving two grants from the Massachusetts Americorps VISTA program to infuse civic engagement projects into higher education and increase access to higher education for less represented students. He served as co-PI of an N.J. High-Tech Workforce Excellence Grant that infused inquiry-based instruction in introductory STEM courses.
In his spare time he competes in triathlons, brews beer, and has taught more than 300 people to juggle through juggling clubs and programs he has facilitated.
Karl Carrigan is the center coordinator and a well-known face to the University of New England. Intrigued by ways that technology can be incorporated into the classroom, he is happy to explore and research hardware and software solutions that can be incorporated into the experience. He is an incredible problem-solver which when coupled with a “can-do” spirit, the sky is the limit. He has an eclectic background with a degree in theatre which he uses to act and also build sets for the Biddeford City Theatre. Together he brings so many skills and gifts to the Center in terms of his creativity, divergent thinking and an incredible willingness to help others reach the point they want to get to in incorporating technology into their pedagogy.