Ryan Hersha (BA, Michigan; MA, Virginia), a full-time instructor at CCC since 2010, teaches courses in literature, composition, and reading. He brings to his teaching a special commitment to preparing his students for empowered participation in an increasingly connected and interdependent world.
Working as a SUNY COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Fellow and Grantee, Hersha partnered with Prof. Ubaldimir Guerra of the University of Belize to develop two globally networked learning (GNL) courses in 2011 and 2012. In these special offerings, CCC students used online communication tools to learn in close collaboration with students attending the University of Belize. Hersha and Guerra are currently developing a third COIL collaboration to be offered through an ENGL 1020 section in Spring 2014.
Before joining the College, Hersha served as a City Commissioner in Battle Creek, Michigan for seven years, and worked as an issue organizer at the local, state, and federal levels. These experiences help inform his understanding of communication and research principles as they are applied beyond the classroom, and drive him to help his students develop the necessary skills to contribute meaningfully to public life in their own communities, as well as within their professional and academic fields.
For questions pertaining to globally networked (COIL) courses, email Hersha at email@example.com.
I am inspired to teach because of the quote: "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Steven Biko