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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.

The Center for Faculty Development maintains workspaces on all campuses for resident and community faculty. These workspaces are 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.

St. Paul Campus -

  • Library 218
  • SEC 226 and SEC 228 – offices for community faculty in the sciences

Midway Campus - Room Q

Minneapolis Campus
Management Education Center (MEC) M.2120 (key available from COM receptionist on second floor). Access to the main printers is available. Storage lockers with keys are available in room.

School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Brooklyn Park
Community Faculty Room - 152 (access available from reception desk)

Normandale Community College
Cubicle in Partnership Suite P0820 (contact Diem Vo at diem.vo@normandale.edu to reserve space and arrange for access)

Center Staff

Sue Fitzgerald, Director
New Main L116, Saint Paul Campus

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. She recently served a two-year appointment at the National Science Foundation where she reviewed grant proposals and made funding decisions. 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. She performs research in computer science education with a specialization in the study of the cognitive development of novice programmers.

Sue organizes the fall and spring faculty conferences, the resident faculty orientation, and other faculty development events as well as leading a 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
Library 131A, Saint Paul Campus

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. Lori continues her community faculty duties by teaching public speaking and a few courses in the Masters in Liberal Studies program. Within the Center for Faculty Development, she focuses on the faculty development and support needs of the community faculty at Metropolitan State. Her office is adjacent to the St. Paul Campus Center for Faculty Development in room Library 131. She offers confidential consultations, in-class observations, in-class presentations on public speaking and stage fright management, and facilitated discussions on effective teaching. Lori is responsible for the Center for Faculty Development’s online resources and facilitates faculty learning communities and teaching and learning workshops. Lori is committed to working with colleagues and supporting excellence in teaching and learning.

Blong Vang, Support Staff

Brooklyn Park - Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center Minneapolis Campus Midway Center Saint Paul Campus Saint Paul Campus