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The Center for Instructional Excellence supports student learning by encouraging faculty-driven initiatives, promoting development of faculty knowledge, and recognizing the achievement of excellence.


Links to conferences that faculty have attended in the past.  View Conference reviews.

Professional Development Funding Process

Friday Forums

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | 110 Founders Hall | Lunch provided | RSVP to Rita Kucera,

OCT 2:
NOV 6:
DEC 4:
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MAR 4:
APR 8:

20 Minute Mentor Coffee Club

10:00 AM | Coffee Provided | No RSVP Necessary

Place the following dates on your calendar and join CIE to view and discuss a segment as a group. View any of the 20 Minute Mentor videos on your own at any time with a login.  Follow the instructions provided here to create an account.

Fall sessions:
SEPT 18 (O 204):
OCT 16 (O 204):
NOV 20 (O 204):
Spring sessions:
JAN 22 (HS 101):
FEB 19 (HS 101):
MAR 18 (HS 101):
APR 22 (HS 101):

On-Campus Professional Development Days

AUG 21, 8:30 AM
New Faculty Institute, Fall session – Beckett Bldg – CIE hosted training for all new regular and adjunct faculty.

AUG 24, 1:00 PM Hagerty Center (following Opening Conference and the general faculty meeting)
Join CIE for a Learning Outcomes Workshop.

OCT 20, 8:00 AM through early- to mid-afternoon
Our ninth-annual NMC Fall Conference – plenary session, four sets of six concurrent professional development breakout sessions, and one networking session.  Lunch provided. View Recorded Sessions

Reading Groups

CIE Reading Group  

Each year the CIE Board selects a book which has connections to the classroom, but that also has ties to our personal and professional acumen. The book for the 2015-2016 will be How We Learn.

 In the tradition of The Power of Habit and  Thinking, Fast and Slow, comes  a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about  learning and memory today – and how we can apply it to our own lives.

 From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: restlessness, distraction, and  ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline,  that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music and  maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation or  nail that piano recital.

Faculty can get a copy of the book – free of charge. Please contact Rita Kucera ( to request a copy. The book will be discussed during a session of the October Professional Development Day in the fall.

CIE Resource Library

CIE maintains a section of books and resources within the Osterlin Library for faculty use.  Browse the the titles online.

Fulbright Scholar Program

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  • How to Apply for an OLF Webinar, Thursday, January 15, 2PM EST. IIE/CIES is actively seeking institutions to host Visiting Scholars for short term campus visits. There are more than 900 Visiting Fulbright Scholars from around the world currently at higher education institutions across the United States.  The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) is a travel grant that would facilitate short term (two to six days) campus visits to:
    • Share their specific research interests
    • Speak on the history and culture of their countries
    • Exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations
    • Become better acquainted with U.S. higher education
    • Create linkages between their home and host institutions

    Supplemental funding may be available upon request to assist with lodging and meals.
    For more information and to register visit:
    To view a list of Visiting Scholars currently in the US for 2014-15, please visit our scholar directory.  For more information, please contact Sarah Causer at

  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards: Deadline January 15, 2015
  • Campus Representative Sneak Peek: What’s New in 2016-17 Webinar: January 28 at 2pm EST. There will be a Campus Representative “Sneak Peek” webinar on Wednesday, January 28 to discuss new award opportunities and country programs for the upcoming competition (the program opens on February 2). It will be an opportunity to tour our website, identify resources and tools for promoting the Fulbright Scholar Program, and a chance to ask questions about the program before the competition starts on February 2.
    To register, click on the following link:
  • Fulbright Artic Initiative: Deadline February 16, 2015

The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is administered by CIES, a division of IIE. Opening Minds to the World®

Contact Barcley Owens for more information about the Fulbright Scholar Program.

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