Martina G. Ramirez, CTE Director

Martina Giselle Ramirez, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. She previously served as Biology Department Chair (2006-2007), Director of Undergraduate Research (2014-2015), Special Assistant to the Provost for Technology-Enhanced Learning (2015-2018), and Co-Director of the McNair Scholars Program (2017-2018). Dr. Ramirez received her B.S. in Biology from LMU in 1981 and her Ph.D. in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1990. Prior to LMU, Dr. Ramirez was a professor at Pomona College, CA (1991-1993); Bucknell University, PA (1993-1996); Denison University, OH (1996-1998); and East Stroudsburg University, PA (1998-1999). Dr. Ramirez has received the Rudinica Award for Student-Faculty Research from LMU’s Seaver College of Science and Engineering (2012), a Biology Mentor Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (2013), and an LGBTQ+ Mentor Award from LMU’s LGBT Student Services Office (2016).

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Passion Lord, CTE Graduate Assistant

Passion Lord serves as the graduate assistant for the CTE for the 2020–21 academic year. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education Administration. Passion is a first-generation college graduate and L.A. native. She is an alumna of Pepperdine University, having earned a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) and a certificate in conflict management from Pepperdine’s Caruso Law School. Passion has used her IMC major in many of her professional and volunteer experiences in the education sector. She is passionate about college access and college readiness for underrepresented communities. Passion strongly believes teachers have a lifelong impact on students and looks forward to supporting LMU faculty and student success.

Michael Noltemeyer, CTE Faculty Scholar

Michael Noltemeyer, the Faculty Scholar in the Center for Teaching Excellence and a Writing Instructor in the Core Curriculum, earned a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico. Before coming to Loyola Marymount University in 2019, he taught college composition, creative writing, technical and professional writing, and literature at the University of New Mexico, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Before that, he spent a year in the dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has also spent over a decade working for Fortune 500 companies and Fast 500 startups as a freelance writer, editor, and marketing consultant, in which capacity his work has been published in almost every liquor store in the country. In addition to his teaching in LMU’s First Year Seminars and his role in the CTE, Michael works with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and A Community Committed to Excellence in Scientific Scholarship (ACCESS). And when he is not busy with any of those things, he is hard at work on a novel set in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.


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