Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Tracy Ore

Dr. Tracy Ore is Professor in Sociology.


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.

Jonathan Luckey

Jonathan Luckey is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership.


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.

CETL DIRECTOR (on Sabbatical August 2015-May 2016)

Lalita Subrahmanyan

Dr. Lalita Subrahmanyan is Professor of Elementary and Middle Level Education at St. Cloud State University.  Her PhD, obtained in 1993 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, was in Comparative Education with an emphasis on women in science. At SCSU, she has taught courses in middle level education and emerging adolescent development, curriculum and instruction, and the historical, philosophical and social foundations of education. She has also taught courses in the Honors program on women in science, women in South Asia and feminist perspectives on Hindu philosophy and practice. Her emphasis in her teaching and her work is on developing students to be critical thinkers and active citizens in a global and pluralistic democracy. 

Lalita has had several years of experience in schools in India, and in urban community development projects.  Additionally she has had extensive experience working with schools in Minnesota since 1993.  In 2000-02 she served as the cultural diversity coordinator in the St. Cloud schools. From 2001-2007 she directed, with two colleagues, a mentoring project in which mentors from St. Cloud State University were trained to work with students of diverse backgrounds from grades 7-12 in culturally appropriate mentoring relationships. Lalita has made several national and international presentations on curriculum and instruction, middle level education, multicultural education, social justice and related topics.

Lalita’s interests include Hindustani and Carnatic classical music and reading.


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