Coordinators & Board Members

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OpenCUNY is tended and cared for by the Coordinators and Board Members.

The OpenCUNY coordinators are responsible for facilitating communication and decision-making among the OpenCUNY Board, publicly maintaining an updated Terms of Participation, and ensuring that all activities of OpenCUNY are in compliance with the DGSC Constitution and Bylaws. The coordinators perform routine maintenance on the OpenCUNY digital medium, administer user accounts and requests, periodically review alternative free and open source software, and ensure the reliability of the medium and adoption of open standards.

The OpenCUNY Board is elected by and from the OpenCUNY community each academic year. The board consists of six voting members: the three OpenCUNY Coordinators, and four Board Members. The primary task of the OpenCUNY Board is to develop and maintain the Terms of Participation that defines’s governance policy and any other policies deemed appropriate by the Board.

Current Coordinators

Zach Muhlbauer | Coordinator for Organizing and Action

Zach is pursuing a PhD in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research lies at the crossroads of critical pedagogy, writing studies, and the digital humanities. Following a student-centered learning model, Zach’s work integrates process writing pedagogy with open educational resources in an effort to support first-year composition instruction. He is also an advocate for open infrastructure in the context of digital publishing mediums — like CUNY’s installation of Manifold — which aim to democratize academic knowledge through open-source interactive tools and technologies. Before joining The Graduate Center in Fall 2019, Zach worked as an instructional support assistant for SUNY Geneseo, helping adopt and iteratively revise a large-scale OER writing course to supplement the college’s first-year writing program.


Paul L. Hebert | Coordinator for Education and Support

Paul is a doctoral candidate in the English Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He teaches at Queens College. His courses have included English Composition, Great Works of American Literature , Literary History, and Literary Theory. Paul’s dissertation is about early nineteenth century popular maritime literature focusing on the ship as a critical paraspace. His research interests include Critical Race Studies, Transnational Literature, and Queer Theory. Paul is also a Social Media Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY. In 2014-2015 he served as co-chair of the English Student Association (ESA) and co-chair of the 2012-2013 ESA Conference. In his teaching, Paul emphasizes democratic pedagogy and open access.

Current Board

GWEN SHAW (Art History)

Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney is a doctoral candidate in the Psychology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY and a Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center Digital Scholarship Lab. His dissertation explores the complementary application of computer assisted text analysis and discourse analysis to study how scientific theories about the etiology of homosexuality have become part of public discourse and used in arguments to expand or contract the scope of justice. He tweets at @pswee, and his website can be found at

Pamela Thielman is a PhD candidate in the Theatre program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on the circulation of scenic designers between the courts of baroque Europe and her dissertation will focus on the Italian artist Baccio del Bianco. Pamela is also interested in the intersections between technology and undergraduate pedagogy and she completed the certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy at the Graduate Center last academic year. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Communication Studies department at Baruch College and a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at the New York City College of Technology.

Kalle Westerling

Kalle Westerling is a performance and theatre scholar, currently working a dissertation in the Theatre program concerning male-identified bodies in 20th century burlesque and boylesque. He also co-directs the Scholars project for the The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). He is the chair of the Programming committee on the Board of Directors for The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. He can be found on Twitter at @kallewesterling.

Former Coordinators & Board Members


Kristen Hackett

Laurie Hurson

Christina Nadler

Maggie Galvan

Maggie Galvan

During her six-year tenure as Coordinator for Education and Support, Maggie Galvan created and developed systems to provide online and in-person support for participants on OpenCUNY. One of her more visible contributions, the creation of, provided participants with a repository of how-to guides and forms designed to handle FAQ on the platform. She also ran a series of events, from hands-on workshops to collaborations with the Graduate Center’s librarians and Office of Career Planning and Professional Development as well as NYC-based techno activists. From these larger scale projects to the welcome messages she penned each semester, Maggie strove to build OpenCUNY as a socially active platform of engaged participants aware of the changing landscape of the digital world around them. During her time with OpenCUNY, the number of participants more than quadrupled and the number of websites quintupled. For more information on her current digital work and research on 1980s women’s visual culture, visit her personal website.

Gregory Donovan | Environmental Psychology | OpenCUNY Founder | Coordinator for Planning and Development (2008-2013)
Twitter: @gdonovan

Gregory Donovan received his Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and a certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is currently a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College, a researcher at the Public Science Project, and a member of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy’s editorial collective. He has held fellowships at The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and The Stanton/Heiskell Center for Telecommunication Policy, and has conducted research at The CUNY New Media Lab, The Center for Human Environments, and Sesame Workshop. His research focuses on young people’s everyday development within proprietary information ecologies and operates at the intersection of Urban Studies, Youth Studies, and Media Studies.

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