STEAM Poster

Julie Cunningham

Ms. Julie Cunningham holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction 2016-01-27 14.21.04.jpgspecializing in teaching and learning science. Julie currently holds the position of Director for the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. This position allows her to work with faculty, teacher education students, teachers and K-12 students in STEM education venues.

Julie has taught high school chemistry and biology as well as undergraduate biology for fifteen years and has been recognized with local, state, and national awards for excellence in teaching. Julie served as an instructional coach in science for the past three years on a Title IIA Physical Science grant through Central Michigan University, assisting elementary school instructors in the use of inquiry skills and physical ​science content.

Julie has presented at several National conferences as well as facilitated professional development workshops for instructors in middle school chemistry on Central Michigan University's campus. Finally Julie has experience writing and testing science curriculum: as an assistant editor at The Journal of Chemical Eduction (JCE), The Wisconsin Fast Plants Program and The Great Lake Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). ​​

Holly Hoffman 

Dr. Holly Hoffman is the Chairperson of the Counseling and Special Education Department at Central Michigan University. She is a proud member of the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS). Dr. Hoffman has held several different positions including Special Education faculty member, CEHS Leadership Fellow, and Director of the Human Growth and Development Laborator​y, prior to her current responsibilities.

2016-01-27 14.11.26.jpgDr. Hoffman was part of the founding team of Camp Central, a STEAM focused college campus summer program for middle school students, supporting increased access to college and immersion in art, science, technology, engineering, and math activities. Dr. Hoffman's background also includes working with students in inclusive settings, collaborating with families, and supporting pre-service teachers.

She earned her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education and her research focuses on professional development, workplace climates, inclusive practices, leadership, and pre-service teacher professional development. Dr. Hoffman enjoys teaching courses in Special Education focusing on the overview of special needs and diversity in the classroom, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and issues in early childhood special education. ​

Ren Hullender

Dr. Ren Hullender teaches methods courses to visual arts education majors and elementary and middle level education majors in the Department of Art & Design at Central Michigan University. His students provide content and age-specific arts-integrated lessons to K-6 students in after school programs at local elementary schools, Art Reach of Mid Michigan, and the Discovery Museum of Mount Pleasant.

Dr. Hullender regularly organizes art and science service-learning projects in mid-Michigan communities, and teaches an Honors course, Impacting Community Through Arts-Based Civic Engagement. Dr. Hullender has been an invited instructor at NASA Space Camp and an invited lecturer on employing the arts to innovate science education at universities in China. He also has 30 years experience teaching art and theatre at the secondary level. He recently received the Excellence in Teaching Award 2010 at The University of Georgia, the Michigan Campus Compact Service-Learning Award 2014-2015, and the National Art Education Association Artistry Leadership certificate 2014.