Touro University OER Faculty Fellowship

Touro University Libraries, in collaboration with The Office of the Provost, are pleased to offer the Touro University OER Faculty Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to support faculty to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) to replace a previously required commercial textbook, for one of their classes.  

Fellows receive a stipend of $500 for their full participation in the fellowship program and finished OER to be used in their course within the next calendar year. The fellowship period is six months long. 

Participants will

  • Develop an open educational resource for a specific course; completing the work by the end of the fellowship and publishing the finished work via Touro Scholar 
  • Retain copyright to their materials and all resources will be released under a Creative Commons license allowing derivatives 
  • Use their OER project materials in their course within the next calendar year 
  • Attend meetings with the OER librarian as needed and meetings with the cohort of OER Fellows monthly, during the fellowship term; these meetings will be held via Zoom 
  • Complete trainings and short assessments during the fellowship term 
  • Present their work to the campus at a to-be-determined event/date 
  • Engage in OER advocacy efforts at Touro, as an OER ambassador during the fellowship term and beyond 
  • Receive faculty development digital badges


  • Any full-time faculty member in the Touro University System with anticipated teaching responsibilities for the following academic year 

Touro University OER Faculty Fellows, 2022-23 cohort:

Michele Bunker-Alberts, DNP, APRN-FNP-BC, IBCLC
Assistant Professor, Chair and Clinical Preceptor, FNP Program
School of Nursing, Touro University of California
Project: Pharmacology for Interprofessional Use

Virginia E. Koenig, OTD, MSA, OTR/L
Associate Professor and OT Academic FW Coordinator
Touro University School of Health Sciences, Manhattan
Project: Optimizing Your Capstone Experience: A Guidebook for Allied Health Professionals

Michelle Zakarin, JD
Associate Professor of Legal Process
Touro University, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Project: Legal Writing

Touro University OER Faculty Fellows, 2020-21 cohort:

Olalekan Ogunsakin, MD, PhD, MBA, MPH
Assistant Professor of General and Systemic Pathology
Basic Biomedical Sciences / Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem
Project: Evaluation and Assessment of Public Health Interventions to Chronic Diseases in East Harlem; A Historical Perspectives of Population Utilization of Health Education and Awareness.

Neil Normand, MS
Lab Director, Instructor
Biology / Touro College- Lander College for Women
Project: The Human Microbiome Project

Fernando P. Bruno, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Anatomy
Anatomy / Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown
Project: Histology and Cell Biology Self-Assessment Question Bank

Judithe Labarge, DC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anatomy
Biology / Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown
Project: Human Anatomy & Physiology

Tanupreet Suri, PhD, LMHC, LPCC, NCC
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Sciences / Touro College- School of Health Sciences
Project: Mental Health Counseling