VIVA: Staff Page - Stephanie
Open and Sustainable Learning Coordinator
Stephanie Westcott (she/her/hers) joined VIVA in January 2019 as part of the Open and Affordable Course Content Initiatives. As Open and Sustainable Learning Coordinator, she calls on ten years of classroom experience as a history instructor and a background in publishing to coordinate the VIVA Open Grants program and the VIVA’s membership in the Open Textbook Network.
A historian by training, with a specialization in American cultural history and the history of sexuality, Stephanie developed her interest in open education as she worked with students on four University of Wisconsin campuses and had the opportunity to hear from them about the impact of textbook costs on their education and the transformative potential of reducing those costs. Previous to joining VIVA, Stephanie was Research Assistant Professor of History at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, where she directed the PressForward project, which developed software that facilitated open access publishing. During her time at CHNM, she worked with more than 20 institutions and organizations across the country as they developed open publications. She has also worked as a non-fiction book editor and a freelance image and copyright researcher.
Stephanie holds a master’s degree and a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in women’s studies from Brown University.