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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 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

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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 in JB 140:
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?”
Spring sessions in HS 101:
JAN 23 (HS 101): “How Can I Use Low-stakes Quizzing to Enhance Learning?”
FEB 20 (HS 101): “How Can I Enhance Class Using Story, Popular Media and Objects?”
MAR 20 (HS 101): “How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning?”
APR 24 (HS 101):  “How Can I Connect Students’ Interests to Course Content?”

On-Campus Professional Development Days

AUG 15, 8:30 AM
New Faculty Institute, Fall session – 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
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

JAN 5, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Hagerty Center
Dr. Constance Staley will lead a session on student resilience during the latter part of President Nelson’s morning Opening Conference, presenting to all NMC faculty and staff. Dr. Staley will join faculty after lunch to continue the conversation.

Jan 7, 8:30 AM
New Faculty Institute, Spring session – CIE hosted training for new regular and adjunct faculty and for recently-hired regular and adjunct faculty who missed the Fall 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 were discussed at the fall professional development day.

Contact Rita Kucera 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
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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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