Category Archives: Faculty & Staff

Brett Buckner on KFAI ‘Truth to Tell’

Brett Buckner, managing director of OneMn.org, is a 2016 graduate of Metropolitan State’s Master of Advocacy and  Political Leadership, and earned his bachelor’s in 2012 also from Metropolitan State. Buckner spoke recently on KFAI’s Truth To Tell radio show, hosted by Tom O’Connell, professor emeritus.

http://uno.kfai.org/TruthToTell/TruthToTell_2018-07-16.mp3

http://www.growthandjustice.org/news/2018-07/enewsjane-leonard-and-brett-buckner-on-truth-to-tell-our-thriving-by-design

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Amy Lane joins the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Dr. Amy Lane joins the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship as the acting community engagement coordinator for Academic Internships and Study Abroad.

Amy Lane
Amy Lane will become Acting Community Engagement Coordinator: Academic Internships and Study Abroad in the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.

She is assuming the critical student success role for Victor Cole who is on sabbatical leave through June 30, 2019.

Lane recently served as FUSION director and principal investigator in the Minnesota State I.T. Center of Excellence, housed within Metropolitan State University, where she collaborated with IT faculty on the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness initiative. Lane brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in higher education, as well as a background in collaborating with diverse populations of students, faculty and employers from her work at several different colleges and universities.

She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, both from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.

Recognizing our faculty

These members of our Resident Faculty who received tenure and were promoted to associate professor. Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Kathleen Cole, Department of Social Science, College of Liberal Arts;
  • Dr. Debra Eardley, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences;
  • Prof. Donald Eubanks, Department of Social Work, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Dr. Karen Gutierrez, Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences;
  • Dr. Kimberly Halvorson, Department of Psychology, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Dr. Nicholas Hartlep, Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, School of Urban Education.
  • Prof. Steven Hirsch, Department of Accounting, College of Management;
  • Prof. Christine Larson, Reference Librarian, Library and Learning Center;
  • Dr. Alexandra Layne, School of Communication, Writing, and the Arts, College of Liberal Arts;
  • Dr. Therissa Libby, Department of Human Services, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Prof. Duncan McCampbell, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Operations Management, and International Business, College of Management;
  • Dr. Susan Misterek, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Operations Management, and International Business, College of Management;

Colleagues who were promoted to professor include:

  • Dr. Ramin Daghigh, Department of Natural Sciences, College of Sciences
  • Dr. Heidi Frankard, Department of Psychology, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;
  • Dr. Faisal Kaleem, Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity, College of Sciences.
  • Prof. Deborah Mosby, Department of Human Services, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs;

All promotions took effect July 1. Tenure took effect on June 15.  These reviews are conspicuous reminders of the outstanding work our faculty do with and on behalf of our students.

July 17: Dean’s Visiting Urban Teacher Education Research Scholar Lecture

Fred Bonner
Click to download flyer.

Dr. Fred Bonner will deliver at talk entitled “Building on Resilience: A Research Focus on Academically Gifted Black Males in P–20 Education Contexts.”

The talk will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Metropolitan State Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, Room 100, 644 East 6th Street, Saint Paul. Reserve your spot using this link.

For more information contact Dr. Nicholas D. Hartlep, nicholas.hartlep@metrostate.edu.

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.