Christina Riehman-Murphy
Open Education Leadership Program 2020-2021

Christina Riehman-Murphy

VPO for Open Education Leadership


Christina Riehman-Murphy is SPARC’s Visiting Program Officer for Open Educational Leadership. She works full-time at Penn State University as the Sally W. Kalin Librarian for Learning Innovations and Open & Affordable Educational Resources Librarian, and she is a 2020-21 graduate of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program.

In her role as VPO, Christina works with the SPARC open education team to strengthen the network of open education leaders and create new opportunities for growth.

Christina caught the open “bug” after attending OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC, and has been working since to expand the use of OER both at her campus and across the University. At Penn State, she serves as the co-program manager of OER Leads, a university-wide faculty adoption grant and a member of the University’s Open and Affordable Working Group. She is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship, a campus partner for Affordable Learning Pennsylvania, and completed the Creative Commons Certificate for Librarians. She was on the planning committees for OpenCon Philly 2019 and the 2021 Affordable Learning PA Summit.

Christina earned her MSLS from Clarion University and her bachelor’s in English and secondary Education from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

SPARC Open Education Leadership Portfolio

As a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, Christina developed two capstone projects along with her Penn State colleague and 2020-2021 Fellow Bryan McGeary.  They collaborated to build the Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap, a module-based workshop and resource which assists instructors in planning, finding support for, sharing, and sustaining open pedagogy projects, regardless of size or scope. This community resource guides users through the 5 Ss of open pedagogy: Scope, Support, Students, Sharing, and Sustaining. In addition, they also spent the year working collaboratively on a second capstone to develop a multi-tiered, system-wide faculty development plan for open education at Penn State University. As a result of this work, they’ve created an Open Education Faculty Development Program Planning Guide to assist other institutions undergoing similar processes.

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