Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Dr. Tracy Ore

Tracy E. Ore is a professor of Sociology and Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan, is an active member of the American Sociological Association, and is past president of the Sociologists for Women in Society. Tracy does research in the areas of sustainable agriculture, oppression and inequality, and the development of effective teaching pedagogy. Her most recent text is The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (sixth edition), published by McGraw-Hill in 2013. The connections between her scholarly work and activism are made real in the SCSU Community Garden, which she established in 2005


Tyler Erickson

Tyler is a St. Cloud native and graduate of Apollo high school. He recently received a B.A. in Psychology from Southwest MN State University. While at Southwest MN State, he was also on the football team and helped to start the Center For Civic Engagement at SMSU. Tyler served 2 years active duty in the US Army and 4 years in the MN National Guard as an Air Traffic Controller. Tyler enjoys spending time with family, cooking, fishing, and being outdoors.


Sohee Yook

Sohee Yook is obtaining her Master’s in the program of College Counseling and Student Development at St. Cloud State University. She received a B.A in Global Studies with a minor in Psychology from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Sohee is from South Korea and came to the United States in 2007. She was a student representative for the Student Health Benefit Consultative Committee at U of M and she is a University Student Conduct Board Member at SCSU. She supported Korean adoptees through a Korean Language and Culture class as an office assistant. She enjoys spending time with friends, being outdoors with her dog, and cooking.


Whitnee Herrling

Whitnee Herrling is a Senior at St. Cloud State University. She is majoring in biological sciences with an emphasis on pre-medical studies.  She is also an active member in the University Honors Program.  After she completes her bachelor’s degree, Whitnee hopes to attend medical school and specialize in pediatric medicine. Whitnee is originally from Middleton, Wisconsin where she lived with her parents and two younger sisters. In her free time, Whitnee enjoys attending cooking and baking classes.  She also enjoys playing ice hockey and spending time with her friends and family outdoors.

Alayna Kangas

Alayna Kangas is a Sophomore at St. Cloud State University, and is currently undecided on her major. She is from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and she enjoys reading and playing with her dog, Pete. During the summer she spends most of her weekends at her family cabin where they swim, fish, and go tubing. Her favorite television shows include American Horror Story and The Office. Alayna plans on joining the University’s forensics team next year, since she loved being a part of the speech team in high school.



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