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a bit about me:

Hi there! Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Staci Gilpin (she/her). Welcome to the world of equitable online teaching and learning! As an expert in this field, I am here to support educators, leaders, and institutions in creating dynamic digital learning spaces that cater to the diverse needs of today's online learners. I currently reside in Duluth, Minnesota, on land that was cared for and called home by the Ojibwe people, before them, the Dakota and Northern Cheyenne people, and other Native peoples from time immemorial. I was born in Sioux City, Iowa, which occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Yankton Sioux. Growing up on a family farm in rural northwest Iowa is one of my identities that continues to impact me professionally. This experience and the unique assets and needs of rural America are always on my mind. And continues to drive me to advocate for quality online instruction to provide access to higher education for those who live in rural areas, address related teacher shortages, and nurture diversity in all educational spaces.  I recently, completed a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota. As a doctoral student, I was also a Graduate Research Assistant for The Initiative for Rural Education, Equity, & Economic Development (I-REEED). It is a research collaborative comprised of faculty and doctoral students from the University of North Dakota. They partner with school districts in all six regions of North Dakota to study state and local level issues (e.g., teacher retention and recruitment, special education teacher shortages, dyslexia legislation, juvenile justice reform impacts, etc.) that are important to rural communities. As part of this work, I wrote grants, led research studies by initiating the IRB process, creating surveys and interview protocol, conducting interviews and analyzing data using qualitative and quantitative tools, including R. I also received training in working with large data sets, structural equation modeling, coding, and creating data visualizations with R. Before becoming a full-time doctoral student, I taught and designed graduate and undergraduate teacher preparation courses using multiple delivery methods, including face-to-face, online, and blended. I did this work full-time at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and The College of St. Scholastica, which made sense for me as these institutions serve a high percentage of rural and first-generation students. I teach graduate-level data analytics, research methodology, and special education licensure courses at the University of North Dakota and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. I also mentor pre-service teachers seeking dual special education and elementary education licenses in their special education student teaching courses. My career spans three decades with a wealth of experiences in urban and rural K-12 schools including teacher for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities, elementary classroom teacher, instructional coach, and special education administrator. During this time, I worked in some schools that served large populations of Indigenous students. As a result, I also see digital spaces as having the potential, in part, to provide equity and access for students from historically underrepresented groups. And to create spaces that welcome those with diverse backgrounds into K-12 classrooms. My teaching experiences inform my research. It utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs with social justice and equity lens to study the scholarship of teaching and learning, online learning, open educational resources, and teacher preparation. I present at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), OpenEd, and AERA National Conferences. I recently published a persistence model for online learners and two book chapters about designing and using equitable online discussions. Further, I was a 2020-2021 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Open Educational Resources Fellow.

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Let's Connect

I'm here to help educators, leaders, and institutions create digital learning spaces that meet the needs of today's diverse online learners. I am available to consult on topics related to K-16+ digital learning to help you or your institution grow in ways that support student success. 


I am currently open to both online speaking engagements and select in-person events. My presentations are thoughtfully crafted to captivate audiences consisting of faculty, faculty developers, instructional designers, and institutional leadership. They serve as a catalyst for critical reflection on enhancing online teaching and learning, focusing on better accommodating learners' diverse needs.

My presentations and workshops seamlessly weave together rigorous research and real-world practice. Through a combination of illuminating teaching examples and actionable strategies, attendees gain valuable insights that can be readily applied in their online courses.

Here are some examples of how I might support your institutional faculty in ways that ultimately, success for all learners:


  • I'd love to talk with you if you're eager to design equitable online programs and courses for your institution or department. Let's discuss how we can enhance the learning experience and ensure inclusivity for all students.

  • I offer engaging workshops and training sessions for those interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills in equitable online course design. Together, we'll explore best practices, innovative strategies, and the latest technologies to foster an environment where every learner can thrive.

  • If you're an educator or instructional designer seeking personalized guidance for a specific course or project, I'm more than happy to provide one-to-one coaching. Let's work together to refine your ideas and create a transformative learning experience for your students.

  • Are you currently researching online teaching and learning? I'm eager to connect with like-minded individuals and offer my insights and expertise. Whether you need feedback on your work or want to discuss ideas, I'm here to support you throughout your research journey.

  • Additionally, if you're interested in potential collaborations or partnerships related to equitable online teaching and learning, let's explore the possibilities together. By joining forces, we can make a lasting impact on the education landscape and empower learners worldwide.

Take the first step towards transforming your online teaching and learning endeavors by scheduling an exploratory meeting with me. Feel free to explore my website to learn more about my teaching philosophy and research endeavors.


For inquiries and booking requests, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly. I am committed to prompt responses, and if, by chance, you don't hear from me within a few days, a friendly reminder is always appreciated. Together, let's create a brighter future for digital education.

Oh more thing, I am always interested in designing online courses, adjunct teaching opportunities, and authoring open-access textbooks—particularly those courses related to data science, research methodology, scholarly writing, and teacher preparation.

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