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The Center for Faculty Development (previously known as the Center for Teaching and Learning) provides programs and activities designed to support its resident and community faculty in the achievement of Metropolitan State University’s mission and vision. The Center

  • Offers orientations designed to acculturate new faculty to the unique mission of Metropolitan State University and equip them with the knowledge, resources and tools they will need to provide academically excellent, innovative, student-centered instruction to students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Supports programs and provides resources which enable all faculty to excel in educating the university’s students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals;
  • Sponsors programs which support faculty in all aspects of their work including scholarly or creative achievement or research, continuing preparation and study, contributions to student growth and development, and service to the university and community;
  • Provides opportunities for faculty to develop the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to development of an anti-racist learning community.

The Center for Faculty Development offers seminars, confidential consultations, in-class observations and feedback, presentations on teaching and learning, workshops, brown bags and conferences, as well as maintaining a resource collection available to Metropolitan State University faculty.


St. Paul Campus Library 131
Midway Campus Room Q
Minneapolis Campus
Ask for available room at second floor COM front desk
School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Brooklyn Park
Community Faculty Room - 149

The Center for Faculty Development maintains workspaces for "roaming" faculty appropriate for activities such as class preparation, phone calls, and meeting with students. Access can be requested from onsite security or by contacting the Center for Faculty Development at faculty.development@metrostate.edu.

Center Staff

Sue Fitzgerald, Director

Sue has taught computer science at Metropolitan State since 1996. She began her term as Director of the Center for Faculty Development in the summer of 2013. Sue recently served a two-year appointment at the National Science Foundation where she reviewed grant proposals and made funding decisions.

Sue performs research in computer science education with a specialization in the study of the cognitive development of novice programmers. Sue was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship at Barbados Community College in 2002-2003, where she analyzed the curriculum, trained faculty and staff, and taught courses. Sue organizes the fall and spring faculty conferences, the resident faculty orientation, and other faculty development events. This spring she will lead a multi-session study group focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She wishes to share her expertise in grant writing and discipline-based education research with other interested faculty members.

Lori Schroeder, Associate Director

Lori brings a range of expertise in faculty development. Since 1986, she has been a community faculty member within the College of Arts and Sciences. She has worked in faculty development since 2000. She will continue her community faculty duties teaching public speaking and a few courses in the Masters in Liberal Studies program and will provide half-time support within the Center. She will be primarily focusing on the faculty development and support needs of the community faculty here at Metropolitan State. Her office is in the St. Paul Campus Center for Faculty Development, Room Library 131A. She offers confidential consultations, in-class observations, in-class presentations on public speaking and stage fright management, and facilitated discussions on effective teaching. She plans to develop the Center for Faculty Development printed and online resources, and will be facilitating faculty learning communities and teaching and learning workshops. Lori looks forward to working with colleagues and supporting excellence in teaching and learning.

Blong Vang, Support Staff (picture coming soon)

Bio - coming soon

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