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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

Upcoming Proposal Deadlines

ACCT Leadership Congress 2014
Call for Presentations: All submissions are due Friday, May 2, 2014

League for Innovation STEMtech 2014 proposal deadline is Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Forums

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

OCT 4:  Meeting Students Where They Are
NOV 1:  Competency-based Learning
DEC 6:  Service Learning
FEB 7:  Active Learning Classrooms
MAR 7:  Advising Connections
APR 11:  Stories from the Field (this session will be held at Aero Park Laboratories)

20 Minute Mentor Series

10:00 AM | Scholars Hall 105 | Coffee Provided | No RSVP Necessary

Place the following dates on your calendar and join CIE in SH105 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.

OCT 25th: “How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning?”
NOV 15th: “How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?”
DEC 13th: “Cell Phones, Laptops and Facebook: What Can I Do About Them?”
JAN 17th: “How Can I Clarify Fuzzy Learning Goals?”
FEB 14th: “What is the Best Way to Grade Participation?”
MAR 14th: “What Can I Do About Feeling Tired, Stressed, and Burned Out?”
April 25th: “How Can I Incorporate a Group Poster Session into my Class?”

Professional Development Days

AUG 16th, 8:30 AM
New Faculty Institute – CIE hosted training for all new regular and adjunct faculty.

AUG 19th, 1:00 PM (following Opening Conference and the general faculty meeting)
Join CIE for an introduction to the faculty resources site, “teaching @ NMC”

OCT 15th, 8:00 AM
CIE hosts a morning of professional development sessions.  Lunch provided.  Faculty will meet with academic areas in the afternoon.  View Recorded Sessions

JAN 6th, 11:15 AM – 3:00 PM
Professional development session hosted by CIE.  Begin at Hagerty Center following the President’s Update.  Travel to the Main Campus for lunch and later sessions.  General Faculty meeting follows our last session.

Reading Groups

CIE Reading Group

The CIE Board selects one or more books which have connections to the classroom, but also reach beyond the campus to enrich our personal and professional understanding.  The titles chosen for this year are:

Book coverBook CoverThe New Science of Learning:  How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain

Whistling Vivaldi:  How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

These titles will be discussed at the fall professional development day.

Contact Sara Budzik to request a book


Global Literature Reading Group

Please click here for titles and discussion dates for the Global Literature Reading Group.

Book CoverBook CoverMeetings:

Purple Hibiscus, Friday, November 21, 2014

China Road:  A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power, Friday, April 17, 2015

Contact Tina Ulrich to request a book


CIE Resource Library

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


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