Education Faculty

Loras College Faculty Virginia Maurer
Associate Professor of Education
563-588-7309 |

Dr. Maurer received her doctorate at Texas A&M University in Educational Psychology. She has additional certifications and/or concentrations in Reading, Gifted and Talented, and Women’s Studies. At Loras, she teaches various courses in the Teacher Education Program including, Assessment and Evaluation, Foundations of Reading, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Reading Across the Curriculum,  Reading Diagnostics and Assessment, and Reading in the Secondary Schools. Dr. Maurer finds teaching at a private liberal arts college both inspiring and meaningful. She has worked with future teachers for over 30 years and finds the work to be extremely rewarding. She integrates issues surrounding social justice into all subject matter. Students find her classes highly interactive and engaging.

Her research interests are teaching literacy skills to women who are incarcerated; exploring the impact yoga has on reducing stress as it pertains to test anxiety and perfectionism; and using meditation in the K-12 classroom as a way to reduce stress and acts of violence.

When not teaching at Loras, Dr. Maurer enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, cooking, teaching yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Loras College Faculty Rebecca Monhardt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
563-588-7161 |

Before entering higher education, Dr. Monhardt taught science and language arts in grades 4-6 in Texas public schools.   She earned her Ph.D. in science education in 1996 from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in qualitative research methods and geology.  Before coming to Loras, she was a professor at Utah State University where she worked extensively with Navajo students and teachers and was engaged in research related to outdoor science education.  Since coming to Loras College in 2009, Dr. Monhardt has been involved in various STEM education initiatives.
Loras College Faculty David Salyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
563-588-7836 |
Loras College Faculty Scott Scheuerell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
563-588-7201 |

Scott Scheuerell taught high school social studies for nine years at Larned High School (KS) and Warrensburg High School (MO).  He graduated with a Ph.D. in social studies education from the University of Missouri (’06) where his research focused on the integration of technology in social studies instruction.  In the education program, he teaches Multicultural Education and Secondary Social Studies Methods.  He also teaches General Secondary Methods which meets on-site at a local high school using the Professional Development School (PDS) model.
Loras College Faculty Hilarie Welsh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
563-588-7994 |

A former high school English and middle school language arts teacher, Dr. Welsh joined the Loras faculty in 2012 after earning her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Modeling innovative, student-centered teaching strategies is her passion, and she enjoys spending time in the Dubuque area secondary schools to remain up-to-date in current issues in local schools. Her research interests include novice teacher induction, promising pedagogical practices, and teacher inquiry.

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