Center Staff

Julie Maxson, director

Science Education Center 338 

Julie has been teaching and learning about teaching and learning throughout her career, which has included work in private colleges, public universities, K-12 settings, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.    As faculty in the Department of Natural Sciences since 2007, she has designed and re-designed curriculum in Earth and Environmental Sciences, adapting and developing learning experiences for diverse, urban, adult learners. 

Julie’s interests in faculty development grew from efforts to broaden participation by women and under-represented groups in STEM fields, finding solutions especially by engaging students in Environmental Justice issues, and by turning a critical lens on the culture of STEM education.  

In the Center for Faculty Development, Julie coordinates programming for New Resident Faculty, the Fall Teaching Workshop and Spring Faculty Conference, as well as book groups, workshops, and other programs with an emphasis on course design, accessibility, equity and inclusion, and metacognition.  She also coordinates our “Sit Down and Write!” meetings.  

This year, you can find Julie:

  • Via email
  • In her faculty office, Science Education Center 338, x1456
  • Upstairs at the Dancing Goat during our “Sit Down and Write” events. (See the Center for Faculty Development Calendar for more information on these.)

Lori Schroeder, associate director

Library 218, 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