Karie Huchting, CTE Director

Karie Huchting, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor of Educational Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. She previously served as associate director of the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (2016-2021) in the School of Education and has been an LMU faculty member since 2005. She is well known as a champion for graduate students, including a strong commitment to research mentorship. She has co-authored a textbook on classroom assessment practices for educators, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters focusing on the preparation of socially just education leaders. She has been awarded grants from a Family Foundation and the Hilton Foundation, and she is a recent recipient of LMU’s Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative grant to support her co-authorship of an open-access research methods textbook for graduate students. In 2018, she was a Fulbright Specialist, working with faculty to develop research capacity and publication skills at an Islamic university in Indonesia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from LMU, a master’s degree in education from LMU, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Passion Lord, CTE Graduate Assistant

Passion Lord serves as the graduate assistant for the CTE for the 2021–2022 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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