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Nathan Grassi

Head of Digital Collections and Technology Strategy

Pronouns: (he, him, His)

221 Lockwood Memorial Library, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

  • Ph: 716-645-8571
  • Fax: 716-645-3859


Manage the following areas for the University Libraries: 

  • Digital Collections & Repositories
  • The Institutional Repository
  • Enterprise Library Applications
  • Library Information Technology Operations

Education and Training

PhD in Education, Concentration: Educational Technology / STEM Education

MA Anthropology, Concentration: Biological Anthropology

Graduate Certificate Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

BS Biology, Minor Anthropology

Awards and Honors


Open SUNY Research and Innovation Fellow


Joyce McKnight Open Educational Resource Fellowship


Open SUNY Effective Practice Award


Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Award

2015, 2017

SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence Effective Practice Award


Whitley-Grassi, N., Whitley-Grassi, B., Hoppel, S., & Zgliczynski, M., (2021)Medical vs. Social Models of Disability: Increasing Inclusion and Participation of Students in Online and Blended Learning in Higher Education.” International Perspectives on Supporting and Engaging Online Learners. Blessinger, P., & Hoffman, J.. (Eds.).

Matias, A., Woo, K., & Whitley-Grassi, N. (2018).Expanding Access to Science Field-Based Research Techniques for Online Students through OER.” International Journal of Open Educational Resources,1(1). doi:10.18278/ijoer.1.1.7

Matais, A., Whitley-Grassi, N., & Woo, K., (2016)Ecology and Earth Science Virtual Field Experiences OERs: Expanding Access to Field-Based Research Techniques for Students at a Distance.” Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education. Blessinger, P., & Bliss, T. J. (Eds.). Open Book Publishers

Sullivan, R., van Putten, C. & Whitley-Grassi, N. (2015). “Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): Discovering and exploring within a supportive professional development community.” In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015 (pp. 1147-1149).

Sullivan, R., Tysick, C.A., Pilawski, B., Shi, S., van Putten, C., & Whitley-Grassi, N. (2014) “Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): Online Professional Development through Structured Inquiry and a Virtual Community.” Inquiry Based Learning for Faculty and Instructional Development.Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Whitley-Grassi, N & Hoefler, P. (2013). “Technology Approaches to Final Papers and Projects.” In C. Wankel & P. Blessinger (Ed.s) Increasing Student Engagement and Retention using Social Technologies: Facebook, e-portfolios and other Social Networking Services. Chapter 8. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Whitley-Grassi, N & Bazer, J.S. (2010). “Comparison of Effectiveness of Class Attendance vs. Online Lecture Viewing in Learning Human Physiology.” The International Journal of Instructional Technology and Online Learning. Oct. 7(10). P. 31-38



Professional Service


Editorial Board

The International Journal of Open Educational Resources



Peer Reviewer

Online Learning Journal – Reviewer 2018-Present

Journal of Research on Technology in Education – Reviewer 2018-Present

Online Learning Consortium; Innovate & Accelerate Conference - Reviewer  2016-Present


2013 - Present

Grant Review - State University of New York Innovative Instructional Technology Grants - Reviewer