Dr. Julia Metzker currently serves as Executive Director at the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence at Stetson University. She received a B. S. from The Evergreen State College where she learned first-hand the value of a transformative liberal arts education. She obtained a doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arizona and completed a post-doctoral appointment in computational bio-inorganic chemistry at the University of York in York, UK.
Prior to joining the Brown Center she lead Georgia College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, ENGAGE, in the roll of director. ENGAGE was conceived as an initiative to bring students in partnership with the local community to contribute to the public good. Examples of her work incorporating community engagement into the student experience include a course titled “The Science and Sociology of your Food” in which students completed a community food assessment and local food guide as well as an ongoing research project to assess the health and quality of soils in communities.
In her 10 years as a faculty member, Dr. Metzker has served on a number of committees including faculty governance, curriculum development and program assessment. She has extensive experience leading initiatives with diverse stakeholders. In 2010, she chaired a university-wide initiative to reform general education in addition to co-leading over 30 faculty and staff through the process of developing an institutional Quality Enhancement Plan. Recently, she served in a leadership role in developing a successful team application to the AAC&U Summer Institute on General Education and Assessment.
Dr. Metzker has been an active member of the NSF-funded SENCER (sencer.net) community receiving the SENCER leadership fellowship in 2008. This work spawned an inclusive collaboration of higher educators, known as the Innovative Course-building Group (icbg.wordpress.com), who provide professional development around issues of learning. As a co-founder of IC-bG, she promotes curricular innovation by mentoring faculty across institutions and disciplines to use civic issues and active pedagogies as a catalyst for designing engaging courses that result in important student learning.
Dr. Metzker has a keen interest in developing engaging courses that are the building blocks of a transformative college experience, particularly using thematic approaches to engage students with conceptional challenging topics. She worked collaboratively with chemists at Georgia College to redesign the introductory chemistry course for majors as a thematic exploration the basic principles of chemistry as applied to pressing issues of pollution and climate change. This course spawned a national workshop, Using the climate debate to revitalize general chemistry , in 2014 offered through the NSF-funded Chemistry, Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars (www.ccwcs.org).
Julia has a diverse portfolio of faculty development work, ranging from guiding educators through the process of reframing the content in their courses using civic issues to designing values-based assessment strategies to developing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects. In addition to designing and executing a successful summer institute, she has facilitated teaching and learning workshops at a variety of universities and conferences.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of York, UK
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2001
B.S./B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1995
Curriculum Vita (pdf)