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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


Friday Forums

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

OCT 3:  Writing & Measuring Learning Outcomes
NOV 7:  Open Education Resources
DEC 5:  Student Success
FEB 6:  How to Handle Difficult Situations
MAR 6:  Writing Standards
APR 10:  Best Practices

20 Minute Mentor Series

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.

SEPT 19 (JB 140): “How Can I Effectively Teach Unprepared Students?
OCT 24 (JB 140): “Where Can I Find Flippable Moments in My Classes?”
NOV 21 (JB 140): “Can I Safely Send Group Text Messages to Students for Free?”
JAN 23 (HS 101):
FEB 20 (HS 101):
MAR 20 (HS 101):
APR 24 (HS 101):

Professional Development Days

AUG 15, 8:30 AM
New Faculty Institute – CIE hosted training for all new regular and adjunct faculty.

AUG 18, 1:00 PM (following Opening Conference and the general faculty meeting)
Join CIE for a Learning Outcomes Workshop.

OCT 7, 8:00 AM through early- to mid-afternoon
CIE hosts four sets of concurrent professional development sessions.  Lunch provided.  Faculty may meet with academic areas after the program ends.  View Recorded Sessions

JAN 5, 11:15 AM – 3:00 PM
Professional development session hosted by CIE.  Begin at Hagerty Center following the President’s Update.

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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