About Sarah

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Image: Photograph of Sarah Silverman wearing glasses and a winter coat with a snowy landscape in the background.

I am an instructional designer and Disability Studies instructor currently working at the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources at University of Michigan, Dearborn. My core areas of practice in instructional design include, Universal Design for Learning, Digital Pedagogy and teaching communities of practice. I was previously the Program Facilitator at the Delta Program for Research, Teaching, and Learning at UW Madison, and a graduate teaching consultant and learning community coordinator at University of California – Davis. A scientist by training, I received my PhD in Entomology and Demography from UC Davis.

I am also active in the movement to resist academic surveillance technologies, in particular remote proctoring, and recently co-authored an article on my institution’s decision to resist adopting remote proctoring during the COVID-19 pandemic. My interests in Disability Studies include the ableist biases of educational technologies and the intersections of feminist and disability-informed pedagogies.

I use the blog section of this site as a space to communicate some of my work in educational development, and some of my analyses of larger issues related to teaching in higher education.