Our Team

CoLab Faculty & Staff

Robin DeRosa
Director of the CoLab

Robin is a national leader in open pedagogy, and an advocate for public infrastructures and institutions for higher education.

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Martha Burtis
Associate Director & Learning Developer

Martha has worked in and around the intersection of higher ed, open pedagogy, and digital technologies for 20+ years and has a national reputation for her work with Domain of One’s Own and the open digital storytelling community, DS106. 

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Matthew Cheney
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

Matthew Cheney earned a BA and PhD in English from the University of New Hampshire, and an MA in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College. 

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Hannah Hounsell
Program Support Assistant and Advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies

Hannah graduated from PSU in 2017 with a Bachelors in English and teacher certification.

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CoLab Student Affiliates

Digital & Open Consultant

Kieran is a student in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at PSU, concentrating on the relationship between technology and people, and is a Digital and Open Consultant at the CoLab.

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Digital & Open Consultant

Natalie is a first year student at PSU. She is currently an accounting major, but is looking forward to seeing what else Plymouth has to offer!

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IDS Peer Mentor

Sofia is an international student in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at PSU, with a focus on International Business in relation to Sustainability. She recently became a CoLab Student Affiliate and IDS Peer Mentor, and she is very excited to be a part of this team.

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Graphic Design and Promotion
Kris is a sophomore IDS major focusing on graphic design and marketing. She is originally from Revere, MA and loves anything art and music related. 


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CoLab Student Affiliate
Grace is a Senior completing a degree in Public Health with a triple minor in Psychology, Global Health and Women’s Studies. Her area of focus is health equity. Grace has a passion for social justice, education and empowerment through knowledge. She believes learning should be an enjoyable and accessible experience for everyone.

Read more about Grace here…

CoLab Student Affiliate

I am an international student and senior here at PSU majoring in Public Health. I completed my associate’s degree in Allied Health Science in Nutrition from NHTI Concord’s Community College. Being a Public Health student I came to know that there are many opportunities to be involved in public health where we also develop critical thinking and analysis skills to confront issues.

Read more about Manisha here…