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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:  What is an Education?
NOV 6: Learning Outcomes
DEC 4: Faculty Learning Communities – Proposal Form
FEB 5: Grit or Quit?
MAR 4: Mindfullness
APR 8: Best Practices

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.  Contact Kristen Salathiel ( or Mark DeLonge ( for information on how to set up your account.

Fall sessions:
SEPT 18 (O 202):  How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration?
OCT 16 (O 202):  How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?
NOV 20 (O 202):  How Can I Effectively Use Class Preparation Assignments?
Spring sessions:
JAN 22 (HS 101):  How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?
FEB 19 (HS 101):  How to Make Stress Your Friend.
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.

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.

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