jkmetzker

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First name: 
J.
Last name: 
Metzker
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I believe in the power of a liberal arts education to transform individuals and heal communities.

I currently serve as the Director for the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education. I have experience in many aspects of building effective learning environments and assessing student growth.

Full Bio: 

I believe in the power of a liberal arts education to transform individuals and heal communities.  I have experience in many aspects of building effective learning environments and assessing student growth. 

I currently serve as the Director for the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education.  Prior to joining Evergreen and the Washington Center, I served as the founding Executive Director for the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence at Stetson University.

I received my first degree from The Evergreen State College where I learned first-hand the value of a transformative liberal arts education.  I obtained a doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arizona and completed a post-doctoral appointment at the University of York in York, UK. In my 10 years as a chemistry professor, I discovered the power of community-based learning to engage students.  During my journey of discovering myself as an educator, I was fortunate to find a cohort of like-minded university educators and we co-founded of the Innovative Course-building Group (IC-bG) – a grass-roots social network for learning that supports teaching faculty and staff across disciplines.  Our most recent endeavor, Course Design for Essential Learning, helps faculty build courses that use dilemmas, issues and questions (DIQs) to inspire students and facilitate transformative student learning. I am also particularly proud of my recent work with Imagining America’s Assessing the Practices of Public Scholarship, a research group that is reimagining and reclaiming the democratic potential of assessment.

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