Dr. Nathan Whitley-Grassi is the Director of Digital Accessibility, Media, and Learning Environments at SUNY Empire State College. He leads the colleges efforts in each of these three areas. In addition, he serves as Empire State College’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility (EITA) Officer and leads EITA efforts at the college to ensure digital and technology accessibility, and holds the concurrent rank as an Assistant Professor.
Whitley-Grassi holds a PhD in education from Walden University and holds graduate degrees in biological anthropology and ecology, evolution and behavior from SUNY University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Armstrong State University / Georgia Southern University in Savannah Georgia.
Whitley-Grassi also teaches courses in biological anthropology, primate behavior, conservation, wildlife conservation, and ecology & evolution topics at the undergraduate level. He also teaches in the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies (MALET) program where he teaches courses on educational assessment, STEM education, instructional design. In addition, he has experience advising graduate and undergraduate students.
Whitley-Grassi’s research interests include increasing access to STEM experiences through innovative technology integration, educational assessment, faculty development, and increasing access for students to technology enhanced learning (students with disabilities, first generation, and other access issues).