Our Team

JuliA Metzker, Director

Julia Metzker headshot

JuliA received her first degree from Evergreen, where she learned firsthand the value of a transformative liberal arts education. She obtained a doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arizona and completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of York in the United Kingdom. In her 10 years as a chemistry professor at Georgia College, she discovered the power of community-based learning to engage students in learning that matters. After serving as director of community-based engaged Learning at Georgia college, she moved to Stetson University as the founding executive director for the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. During her journey of discovering herself as an educator, she was fortunate to find a cohort of like-minded university educators who cofounded the Innovative Course-building Group (IC-bG)—a grassroots social network for learning that supports teaching faculty and staff across disciplines.  Recently, she co-authored a book (1) with colleagues from this group that takes a fresh approach to designing learning experiences for the 21st century. JuliA believes in reimagining and reclaiming the democratic potential of assessment, work she champions as a member of the Imagining America’s “Assessing the Practices of Public scholarship” research group. She and her partner, Joe, raise chickens and bees with the help of an unruly Australian shepherd in the Pacific northwest.
(1) Zehnder, C., Alby, C., Kleine, K., & Metzker, J. (2020). Learning That Matters: A Field Guide to Course Design for Transformative Education. Myers Education Press.


Rachel Homchick, Assistant Director

As a double graduate of the Evergreen State College (BA ’10 and MPA ’19) I know the value of an Evergreen education firsthand. I am an adventurer. I love exploring the world through traveling, backpacking, river rafting, reading, researching, and writing.

In my role at the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education, I provide support for both the planning and the execution of the Center’s national events, regional workshops, and committee meetings. I am also the editorial assistant for the Learning Communities Research and Practice e-journal, and I provide ongoing support for the daily operations of the Center, including the administration of our website and database. As a graduate of the Evergreen State College, I am keenly aware of the importance of Learning Communities and just how powerful they can be when done well. I am very proud to be a part of a team that is furthering this pedagogical practice.


Ashley Williams, Program Coordinator

Ashley provides coordination support for the Learning and Teaching Commons and Washington Center’s national and regional programming. Ashley brings a depth in art education, media, and coordination. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Arkansas, and a PK-12 teaching certification in Art Education, also from the University of Arkansas. Ashley earned an additional BA at Evergreen in 2016, with a focus on Media Studies and Production. Ashley is a member of the Olympia Knitting Mills Artist Collective. In her art, employs an interdisciplinary and inter-media approach, spanning the mediums of: 16mm film, digital video, animation, photography, painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, digital sound, creative writing, and multimedia installation. Prior to joining our team, Ashley held the position of Instructional Media Coordinator, where she supported Evergreen faculty and students incorporate media in their programs, both by providing instruction and coordinating requests for equipment and staff expertise. 


Faculty Scholars

Eric Stein, Learning and Teaching Commons Scholar (Fall 2020 – Spring 2021)

I started teaching as a graduate student in anthropology and history at the University of Michigan in 1997; since coming to Evergreen in 2007, I have had the opportunity to co-teach with, and learn from, 21 faculty members from across the college. My earlier research and publications considered public health–especially hygiene and family planning–within the histories of colonialism, decolonization, and nationalism in twentieth century Indonesia. In my ongoing, visually oriented book project on oral history, archival studies, and ethnography, I am thinking through ways to engage students in ethically grounded, self-reflexive, collaborative research that aims to have an impact in their own lives and communities. As the Learning and Teaching Commons Scholar, I plan to uplift the collective experience and wisdom of faculty, staff, and students from each of Evergreen’s campuses, and draw on current insights and innovations within Higher Education, to help address the challenges we face as a university.


Joli Sandoz, Learning and Teaching Commons Scholar (Fall 2018 – Spring 2020)

Joli Sandoz headshotJoli Sandoz has facilitated Evergreen classroom learning communities since 1995. She teaches primarily in the humanities and social sciences, focusing on writing, analog game design, and community studies. Before coming to Evergreen, Joli coached intercollegiate track and field and taught recreation administration. She also has worked professionally outside of academia, taking on tasks ranging from policy analysis, program management, and community outreach in healthcare and public health settings, to management of her own consulting practice providing writing and organizational development services to non-profits and government agencies. Joli was accepted to attend Evergreen as a student, but life took her elsewhere first. She counts herself as extremely fortunate now to be at Evergreen as a member of the faculty. She is honored to serve as the 19-20 Learning and Teaching Commons Scholar.