Resource Faculty & Presenters

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis. Check back regularly for a full list of resource faculty and plenary speakers for the 2020 summer institute.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Frank Harris III is a professor of postsecondary education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University. He is best known for his expertise in racial [in]equity in postsecondary education and has made important contributions to knowledge about college student development and the social construction of gender and race in college contexts.  His work prioritizes populations that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in education.

Harris’s scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice, including the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Journal of Negro Education, and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Harris also regularly disseminates scholarship through refereed conference proceedings, workshops, symposia, and keynote addresses—he has delivered more than 1,000 academic and professional presentations throughout his career.

Harris is the co-editor/author of four books: College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice; Teaching Men of Color in the Community College; Teaching Young Boys and Men of Color; and Supporting Men of Color in the Community College. His commentary has been sought by several high-profile media outlets, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, CNN, and Fox 5 News San Diego.  Harris is also regularly consulted by colleges and universities across the country for his expertise on student equity, student success, and institutional transformation.

Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, Harris worked as a student affairs educator and college administrator in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising, and enrollment services. He also served as an adjunct professor of speech communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Dr. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in speech communication at California State University Northridge, and a doctorate in higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.


Erick Montenegro, Research Analyst – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment 

As part of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), Erick Montenegro conducts timely assessment research and leads NILOA’s Equity Initiative. He has authored a report on assessment practices at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), two Occasional Papers advancing the national conversation around equity in assessment, and has led a research team in the exploration of student learning outcomes as MSIs. Erick has presented at numerous academic conferences with the primary focus of advancing equitable assessment practice. Erick is a doctoral candidate in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation research focuses on advancing equity-mindedness in assessment to promote the success of diverse learners, specifically Latinx students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Erick received a dual B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration with a concentration in International Business, and an Ed.M. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education both from the University of Illinois. His research interests include issues of equity in assessment, culturally responsive assessment, outcomes assessment practices at Minority-Serving Institutions, and issues affecting Latinx students in higher education.

Resource Faculty

Pat Hutchings, Senior Scholar – National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

I am a senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). My work has focused on a variety of strategies for creating a campus culture of teaching and learning: student learning outcomes assessment, assignment design, integrative learning, the peer collaboration and review of teaching, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Prior to my work with NILOA I was senior scholar and vice president at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Recent publications include The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered: Institutional Integration and Impact, co-authored with Mary Taylor Huber and Anthony Ciccone (2011); and, as part of the NILOA team, Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015).  I received my BA from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa.

Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director – Center for Postsecondary Research Indiana University 

I am the Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education. I conduct research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and serve as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project. I am a co-author of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016), Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Student Success in College (2005/2010), and One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (2008/2014). I am co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education and serve on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute, and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. I received the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation by the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network in 2005 and 2011. I earned my PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women’s studies. Prior to this, I served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the master’s program in higher education and student affairs. I also worked in academic and student affairs at Miami University and Case Western Reserve University.

Emily Lardner Ph.D, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs – Highline College 

I believe deeply in the power of collaboration, and that teaching and learning are best accomplished through trusting relationships and teamwork. I am passionate about the role education can play in helping students find their voices and their paths. 

For over two decades, I had the privilege to work at the Washington Center, collaborating with colleagues at Evergreen, across Washington State, and nationally on projects aimed at improving student learning and student success. Through the summer institutes, campus consultations, conferences, and national projects, I met faculty and staff committed to making institutions work better for students, particularly students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. I also taught as an adjunct faculty member in Evergreen’s Evening and Weekend Studies Program.

I am currently serving as the interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Highline College. Prior to that, I had the opportunity to serve as the Vice President for Instruction at Grays Harbor College. Prior to coming to the Washington Center, I worked at the English Composition Board at the University of Michigan, including several years as the Associate Director for Writing Assessment. 

I earned an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan in English Language and Literature, and a BA from Augustana College in Illinois. 

Julia Metzker, Director 

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 am thrilled to be able to continue this work as the Director for the Washington Center.  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 at Georgia College, I discovered the power of community-based learning to engage students and was selected to champion the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan as the inaugural the Director of Community-based Engaged Learning at Georgia College in 2016.  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.

I hold many identities. I am a life-long learner. I am a faculty developer. I am cis-gender.  I am a feminist. I am a scientist.  I am a humanist.  I am a knitter.  I am a wife.  I am a Gemini. I am addicted to podcasts. I am a citizen.  I am an educator. I am a daughter. I am an occasional farmer. 

Larry Roper, Professor, School of Language, Culture and Society - Oregon State University

Larry Roper is a Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, where he is Coordinator of the undergraduate Social Justice minor and the CSSA  Masters program. From 1995-2014 he served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at OSU, where he also served terms as the Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society.  Larry earned his bachelors at Heidelberg College, masters at Bowling Green State University, and doctorate from University of Maryland, College Park.  He has worked in housing, career services, student conduct, multicultural services, and as a dean of students.  Professional organizations Larry is involved include AAC&U, ACPA, and NASPA.  His current areas of research include multiculturalism and diversity, community building, leadership, and identity.  Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, he served a 4-year term as Editor of the NASPA Journal, and 6 years as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Larry has more than 60 publications in the form of books, book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs.  He writes a regular column for the Journal of College and Character.  He is editor of the monograph, Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals: Charting a Path to Success (2011) and co-editor of, Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2016), Teaching for Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007).  He has also served on more than 75 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 40.  He is co-editor the recently published monograph Centering Dialogue in Leadership Development (2019).

Larry finds student affairs and higher education work to be energizing and inspiring.

Rachel Singer, Senior Resource Faculty– Washington Center 

I was at Kingsborough Community College for twenty-six years (1986-2012) serving in many capacities. Specifically, as the Director of Academic Affairs for ten years, I was fortunate to have overseen and been part of the Opening Doors Learning Communities and Advanced Learning Communities Programs. These learning communities target under-prepared students at Kingsborough and over the years expanded from an initial enrollment of 100 students each semester to over 1,200. Also, as Director of KCC’s Academic Scheduling and Evening Studies, I developed the college’s Weekend and Evening College, allowing non-traditional students to earn a degree by attending classes solely on weekends and in the evenings.

After leaving Kingsborough Community College, I joined Achieving the Dream as Vice President of Community College Relations and Applied Research, and later as Senior Fellow (2011-2018). During my tenure there I worked to promote the adoption of evidence-based reforms in teaching and learning and college practices to improve student success.

I am delighted to say that I am now the senior resource faculty for the Washington Center’s National Summer Institute on Learning Communities and the Teaching and Learning National Institute.

Jen Whetham, Program Administrator for Faculty Development – Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

It is my great pleasure and honor to serve the faculty of the Washington State CTC system as program administrator for faculty development at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). In my role, I work with faculty, staff and administrators across Washington State to deepen individual and collective expertise in a variety of instructional areas. 

I earned my MA in English Literature at Western Washington University in Bellingham in 2001, and I earned an MFA in poetry from Pacific University in 2008. As a former faculty member (I taught a variety of English courses for more than a decade at a number of Washington State institutions of higher education), my overarching goals are to support educators with self-directed professional learning experiences– namely through communities of practice and faculty learning communities.  

I am currently increasing emphasis on support for the scholarship of teaching and learning, leadership development programming for faculty, and a greater emphasis on inclusive teaching and course design. Because I think a lot about the evolving role of our faculty and how best to provide educators with professional learning experiences that model the kinds of effective learning experiences we wish to provide our students, I am excited by the potential of this Institute in terms of providing practical strategies and techniques as we make a paradigm shift in terms of professional development– to move away from the “one and done” model of stand-alone workshops, and instead support faculty learning endeavors that are iterative, long-term, multi-faceted, tuned to local contexts and goals, data-based, and respectful of learners as knowledge-creators.

Sonja Wiedenhaupt, Faculty, Masters in Teaching Program – The Evergreen State College

I came to Evergreen as a psychologist with a particular interest in learning and motivation. For the last fifteen years, I’ve been teaching in the Masters in Teaching program. This two-year coordinated studies learning community and K-12 teacher certification program integrates themes of democracy, multicultural and equity-minded perspectives, and developmentally appropriate teaching practices.

I have also developed and taught in a range of undergraduate interdisciplinary programs including Health and Human Development, a program that used biology, psychology, anthropology, and intercultural communication as tools for learning about physiological and psychological development in a cultural context; Reinhabitation, a first-year program that used psychology, field natural history, and community service to investigate the question of what it means to be an inhabitant in a community; Waste and Want: The Psychology, Business and Science of Consumption, a first-year program designed to investigate the nature, influences and impacts of consumption; Climate Change: Action and Influence, a program that examined the scientific global warming data and explored the psychological factors that made climate change a contested issue.

I teach and work to refine in my own practice in the following areas, including how to:

  • use the principles of learning to inform instructional decision making;
  • structure opportunities for metacognition that support motivation and learning;
  • structure group work and dialogue to promote inquiry and interdependence; and
  • engage inquiry-oriented critical reflection.