Panel Discussion

Lunch and Panel Discussion: Teaching in the midst of multiple pandemics

12:00-1:30 Sanders Grand Ballroom


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Christa Teston, Ph.D.

Christine Teston is Associate Professor of English and Vice Chair of the Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Program at The Ohio State University where she is the director of the Department of English business and technical writing courses.

Her book, Bodies in Flux: Scientific Methods for Navigating Medical Uncertainty (University of Chicago Press), has won two best book awards from the Association of Rhetoric, Science, Technology, and Medicine and the National Council of Teachers of English’s “Technical and Scientific Communication” subfield.

Dr. Teston also co-edited a special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly focused on contemporary research methodologies in technical communication. She coedits (with Wendy Hesford and Sharon Yam) the “New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality” book series (The Ohio State University Press). Some of her work has also appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Journal of Medical Humanities, and Written Communication.

She is currently working on her second monograph, which is focused on developing a practice account of human dignity based on site-based investigations of complex medical and scientific contexts.


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Nicole Nieto, Ph.D.

Nicole Nieto is Assistant Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement in the Office of Academic Affairs at The Ohio State University.

Throughout her sixteen year-long Ohio State career Dr. Nieto has held positions in the Offices of Student Life, Human Resources, Research and Academic Affairs.  Working to create inclusive communities of belonging has always been at the core of Nicole’s work.

She has a PhD in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) with a specialization in Folklore Studies from The Ohio State University.  She serves on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability and on the advisory council for the Ohio Prison Education Exchange Project. Dr. Nieto is a 2019 OSU Glass Breaker, an honor given to women who have advanced their careers at Ohio State while serving as mentors to other women.

Dr. Nieto teaches courses in WGSS on popular culture, literature and food.  She is also a Second Year Transformational Experience faculty mentor.  Prior to arriving at Ohio State, Nicole served as Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Alabama.


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Nikole Patson, Ph.D.

Nikole Patson (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2011) hails from Flint, Michigan, and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Ohio State University at Marion. She teaches courses in Cognition, Language, and General Psychology.

As the first member of her family to graduate from college, she is passionate about inclusive teaching practices. She has received OSU’s Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award and the Marion Campus’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Her teaching focuses on trying to get students to think and feel like scientists. To encourage scientific thinking, she has adopted a guided inquiry teaching pedagogy in her courses.



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Zakee Sabree, Ph.D.

Zakee Sabree is an Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at OSU who studies how microbes are instrumental in the evolution of terrestrial animals.

Dr. Sabree also serves as the faculty director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at OSU, which reflects his interests in contributing to the training and elevation of the next generation of thought and research leaders.