Category Archives: Faculty & Staff

Metropolitan State Professor Wins 2018 John Saltmarsh Award

Nicholas D. Hartlep, assistant professor of Urban Education, School of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University, has been awarded the 2018 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leadership in Civic Engagement.

The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting. The award was named in John Saltmarsh’s honor to recognize a long-standing passion of his: nurturing and preparing the next generation of civic leaders to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement.

Hartlep’s passion for education in the field of civic leadership and engagement made him an obvious candidate for this award. In addition to serving as assistant professor of Urban Education, Hartlep is also the coordinator of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Programs in the School of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University.

“I don’t view myself solely involved with the civic engagement movement, or of American higher education, but rather, I am committed to the future betterment of American society.”

As a professor, Hartlep has developed his own set of tools that he uses in his classroom. As a Korean adoptee raised in the United States, he uses his bicultural experience to send a weighted message to students. “I have interrogated my own identity to develop a practice of critical storytelling that I teach to my students and peers… hearing intensely the stories and experiences of those we encounter to more fully construct an understanding of our shared experience and to forge interpersonal connections that transcend polarized ideologies and identities.”

Hartlep received the award, which includes an engraved commemorative and a cash prize, at a ceremony held June 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The day Hartlep received this honor, he received an email from the award’s namesake, John Saltmarsh. Besides congratulating Dr. Hartlep, the note was copied to several other people, and welcomed Dr. Hartlep to his “posse of big thinkers and change agents.”

“The sky is the limit!”

From here, Hartlep plans to “continue to be a change agent within urban teacher education and tackling problems that are so large that they may not be solved in my lifetime, but I will mentor and pass the torch to my students who may… this award will certainly be a spring board for larger and even more intense work.”




Pioneer Press: Historian, writer and Metropolitan State instructor Anne Webb dies

Anne Webb
Anne Webb

Anne Webb was a faculty member of Metropolitan State University in the College of Arts and Science. She died May 18 at age 87 in  Bloomington.

A celebration of Webb’s life is set for 4 p.m. June 9 at the Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made in Webb’s memory to Minnesota Public Radio.

– Pioneer Press

Raj Sethuraju: ‘When white people call the cops on people of color,’ MPR News

Raj Setheraju, assistant professor in the School of Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State, speaks with Brandt Williams of MPR News about recent incidents in the news and “why people of color are so quickly categorized as engaging in ‘suspicious behavior.’ ”

MPR News, May 29, 2018.

Pioneer Press: Monty Bute, “Pushing the rock toward redemption”

Monte Bute
Monte Bute

“No group of idealists can easily move the pattern of history toward the desired goal of peace and justice,” wrote the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. “The recalcitrant forces in the historical drama have a power and persistence beyond our reckoning.”

To acknowledge this is not a brief for quietism; by no means does unblinkered realism absolve us from acting against suffering, cruelty and injustice. Nevertheless, we are Sisyphus, forever condemned to push the rock of righteousness up the mountain, only to see it roll back down, perpetually. The world is not redeemable, but individuals are.

— Monty Bute writes in the May 10 Pioneer Press

Dr. Frank Schweigert will continue as interim dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

Dr. Frank Schweigert

Dr. Frank Schweigert, interim dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, will extend his term through the 2019-2020 academic year to provide continuity to the college’s leadership.

A search for a permanent dean is planned to begin in fall 2019 (during fiscal year 2020).

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gort made the announcement on May 7.

Dr. Charles Tedder named interim dean of the College of Individualized Studies

Dr. Charles Tedder has accepted the interim position as dean of the College of Individualized Studies and will start in that role on May 8, 2018. He will serve as interim dean through fiscal year 2020. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gort made the announcement on May 7.

Dr. Charles Tedder
Dr. Charles Tedder

Tedder joined the Metropolitan State University in fall 2011 as an assistant professor in First College, which was renamed that year to the College of Individualized Studies. He earned his bachelor of arts in English at High Point University and his master’s and PhD in English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His dissertation focused on utopianism in American novels, a prelude to joining a college founded on a utopian vision of what higher education can be for students and their communities. He has previously served as department chair and as an officer in the university’s faculty association.

His teaching and research interests include philosophy and practice of higher education; 20th century American literature and culture; utopian studies; critical and literary theory; cultural studies and human rights; environmental discourse and the literary imagination; rhetoric and composition.

Beth Clausen is named dean of Library and Information Services

Beth Clausen has been named to the position of dean of Library and Information Services. She will start in her role on Aug. 1. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gort made the announcement on May 3.

Beth Clausen
Beth Clausen

Clausen earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science, and  BA in Journalism & Mass Communication; Political Science at the University of Iowa. She is currently the department head of Access Services at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Clausen has 25 years of library experience with 18 years of administrative experience as department head of Northwestern University Library. She also served as the library director at Northwestern University at Qater, Doha, Qatar. She is a member of the editorial board for portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2015-present; editor of Global Perspectives column and referee for articles in areas of experience and expertise. Clausen is experienced with innovative library and information services programs, approaches and modes of delivery. She has worked collaboratively in a team environment with students, staff and faculty. She has written several noteworthy publications and has presented at many conferences.

The search committee included School of Urban Education Dean Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, who also served as search chair, Dylan Harris, Christine Larson, Greg Mellas, Brenda Merrill, Alec Sonsteby and Amber Williams.

May 24: Minnesota Campus Compact Civic Dialogue—Twin Cities

The Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative, organized by Minnesota Campus Compact, launches in September.

The purpose of the initiative is to gather and organize those who wish to work to build, expand and connect dialogue efforts as a means of fulfilling their respective institutions’ civic missions.

Campus Compact MN

Minnesota Campus Compact supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through their diverse network of colleges and universities. Its member campuses build partnerships and educate students to develop creative solutions to society’s most pressing issues.

Those who want to be involved in the initiative, or just to add tools to their dialogue toolbox, should attend the Civic Dialogue—Twin Cities Gathering inaugural meeting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 24 at Metropolitan State University’s Library and Learning Center, Room 302, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.

Register using this link:

Contact Sinda Nichols at or 612-436-2080 for information or with questions.

Dr. Allen Bellas named interim dean of the College of Management

Dr. Allen Bellas
Dr. Allen Bellas

Dr. Allen Bellas has accepted the position of interim dean of the College of Management and will start in that role on July 1. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gort made the announcement on May 1.

Dr. Bellas has been with Metropolitan State University since 2004. His primary teaching interests are environmental economics, principles of economics, benefit-cost analysis and the economics of public policy and social issues. He previously served in several leadership roles in the Metropolitan State Faculty Association, including serving as F.A. president from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining the faculty at Metropolitan State, Dr. Bellas held adjunct positions at the University of Washington and Seattle University.

Dr. Bellas earned his BS in economics and actuarial science from the University of Michigan and his PhD in economics from the University of Washington. He has published in the areas of pollution regulation, health insurance coverage of alternative medicine and technological change at U.S. power plants.

Cathy Johnson, David Horn, Duncan McCampbell, Jamaica DelMar, Mark Newfield, Michael Green, Pat Borchert, Steve Creason, and Vadhindran Rao served on the advisory search committee.