Dan Schroeder was nominated as the St. Petersburg College Center of Excellence Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Spotlight due to his efforts at SPC Downtown. He is an example of peer-to-peer mentoring on a collegiate level. Schroeder strives to increase access to difficult curriculum and provides tireless support to his students. He not only raises the bar of expectation for students but helps them reach their potential. His continued open access in the learning commons and hands on approach with his students helps drive his students to success.
Schroeder grew up in Ohio and because of carious career opportunities, has lived and worked in Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Atlanta and Chapel Hill.
He earned a B.S. in Business Marketing from Liberty University; a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from Life Chiropractic College; a M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine; a M.A. in Pastoral Theology from Barry University and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Prior to joining SPC, his career experience included more than 20 years in technology and health care.
After making a mid-life/mid-career change in order to complete his undergraduate degree, he came to SPC to complete his pre-chiropractic science requirements.
CETL caught up with Schroeder to learn how he became involved in Natural Science.
CETL: Which courses do you teach at SPC?
Schroeder: Human Anatomy; Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Lecture & Labs
CETL: In what modalities to you teach at SPC? (Face-to-face, Blended, or Online?)
CETL: How did you get started in your field?
Schroeder: I discovered, or rather learned an important life lesson; that serving and helping others offers peace and fulfillment. That fork in the road led me to a career in healthcare as an individual provider, and as a chaplain in hospitals and hospices, and ultimately to return to St. Petersburg College, where the journey began 23 years ago.
CETL: What prepared you for your faculty role?
Schroeder: My journey in business, in healthcare, and in education has been about making a difference, and that journey has uniquely prepared me for what I am doing and where I am doing it; teaching at St. Petersburg College.
CETL: What new developments are happening in your field?
Schroeder: There is a paradigm shift taking place in all of education, certainly in the S.T.E.M. disciplines. Whether it is flipping the classroom, moving the needle, or making thinking visual, educators are integrating the best of pedagogy with technology to meet the students where they are.
CETL: What are your biggest challenges in preparing students for the field of natural science?
Schroeder: Getting students to prepare for coursework in sciences is one of the reasons the Natural Sciences Department, under the leadership of Dean John Chapin, is moving forward with several initiatives.
CETL: What do your students seem to appreciate or enjoy about your class?
Schroeder: The human body is amazing! Students are amazed when they discover something for the first time about how it works. They also enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the classroom.
CETL: What teaching strategy do you find effective?
Schroeder: Engage, engage, engage!
CETL: What are you most excited about regarding your faculty role?
Schroeder: Learning from my students and my peers, both continually amaze and impress me.
Of all the things I’ve accomplished, of all the places I’ve been, teaching at St. Petersburg College is the noblest to which I have aspired – helping others prepare to achieve their dreams, helping others prepare for life’s changes. This is where I am supposed to be.
CETL: What can students do to prepare for a career in your field?
Schroeder: Learn how to learn – it’s a lifelong process.