To ensure equitable learning experiences, campuses can build scalable learning-ready spaces that support the multiple teaching identities and philosophies of faculty and the physiological, cultural, and cognitive needs of all students.
Dr. Maggie Beers is Assistant Vice President for Teaching and Learning at San Francisco State University (SF State) where she provides strategic direction and leadership for the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) and is the primary point of coordination for teaching and learning programs, services and initiatives within the university and across the Cal State system.
In alignment with the University’s social justice mission and core values, Maggie and her teams provide faculty development on the use of evidence-based and inclusive teaching practices for student success; support the design, development and accreditation of high-quality online courses, curriculum and programs; and facilitate positive, data-informed change in teaching and learning at the individual, program/department, institutional and system-wide levels to improve student achievement and assessment of outcomes. Formerly Executive Director of Academic Technology at SF State, she has extensive experience providing enterprise level services in video production, desktop support, audiovisual classroom and online technology systems. Her current research interest is focused on designing and scaling equitable and inclusive learning spaces that she and her colleague, Teggin Summers, have coined, "Learning-Ready Classrooms."
With 20 years’ teaching and 12 years' administrative experience in public post-secondary institutions in the US, Canada, Spain, and France, Maggie is passionate about providing faculty and students universal access to a wide range of teaching strategies and experiences in support of student success, many of which are enabled by technology.
Maggie received her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature from UC Santa Barbara and her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, where she investigated ways to prepare teachers to use audiovisual media, educational technology and digital ethnography to define and teach culture from a social justice perspective in modern language courses.
She is currently the President-elect for the Cal State Faculty Development Council, former President for the Cal State Directors of Academic Technology, and former President of DET/CHE (Directors of Educational Technology in California Higher Education).