Sarah Thelen


Sarah received her PhD in History from American University (Washington, D.C.) and has been an Instructional Designer with the Office of the Vice-President for Learning and Teaching since 2013. In this role Sarah works closely with academic staff from across the university to integrate technology into their teaching through individual or small group consultations and training sessions.  She has developed blended and online-only modules across the university including History, Gaelic Literature, Bystander Intervention, Trauma Studies, Work and Organizational Psychology, Applied Social Studies, and Public Health. She has also developed online/digital resources for Irish and international projects including the National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education SPEEDS project (Social Policy Education: Enhancing Digital Skills) and the EU-funded Improving Governance Practices at Palestinian Higher Education Institutions (UniGov).

Sarah has also taught graduate and undergraduate US history modules at universities in the US and Ireland, developed a series of interactive online writing tutorials for the School of History at UCC, and worked at the Nixon Presidential Library (US National Archives and Records Administration).  She is a member of ILTA (Irish Learning Technology Association), HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century US), and IAAS (Irish Association of American Studies) and is finishing a book on Richard Nixon and domestic support for the Vietnam War.



Sarah is currently on secondment

Professional Activity

Member of ILTA (Irish Learning Technology Association), HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century US), IAAS (Irish Association of American Studies).

Teaching Activity

TEL training, Canvas training, HI1006 (first year History module).

Centre for Digital Education

Ionad um Oideachas Digiteach

Sheraton Court floor, T12 ND89