Meet the Instructional Team
Ilene Dawn Alexander
I’ve been teaching for 30+ years – primarily in undergraduate classrooms focusing on first year writing courses with US Civil Rights Movements as the content focus, and also in advanced expository writing courses, topics courses in women’s studies, & US literatures courses. Now I teach primarily as a member of the Preparing Future Faculty Program focusing on “Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.”
My professional work & interests revolve around three core principles that have taken shape in my head qne heart across a life of learning, shaped by family and students since I began teaching as part of “masters degree school” in 1982:
- More Learning for More Students.
- Learning requires action. Action requires learning.
- Multicultural Inclusive Learning & Teaching is everybody’s everyday, every day work.
As affiliate faculty in the College of Education, I work with graduate researchers in disciplines including philosophy, social work, biology, chemistry, physics, adult education, higher education, international studies, design, music, and fine arts. You can find my CV at the following link: Ilene CV January14 updated static version
Alexander Fink (website, @alexfink), is a Ph.D. Student in Social Work and Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota, an instructor in the Undergraduate Leadership Minor, host of The OKCast (Open Knowledge Podcast), and contributing editor at Hybrid Pedagogy. He studies methods of making research to document injustice and resistance available to young people to create social change. His particular focus is on the political economy and ecology of data, including data collection, data use, data access/sharing, data economics, and the ideologies surrounding it.
Unless otherwise noted, the photographs are by Ilene, and taken at “home places” including “Teaching in Higher Education” classrooms, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in the US state of Minnesota, various rural southern Minnesota locales, and a smattering of UK settings including Manchester, Liverpool, and a host of Welsh towns.
We look forward to seeing images from your “home places” throughout the OOPS!