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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 7 – Ethics in Education

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 video segment on teaching and learning as a group.

Fall sessions:
SEPT 16 – Creative Thinking – TED Talk
OCT 21
NOV 18
Spring sessions:
JAN 20
FEB 17
MAR 17
APR 21

On-Campus Professional Development Days

AUG 19, 8:30 AM
New Faculty Institute, Fall session – Beckett Bldg – CIE hosted training for all new, regular and adjunct faculty.

AUG 22, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Hagerty Center
Designing Courses to Foster Significant Learning

AUG 23, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Hagerty Center
“A Deeper Dive” – Strategies for faculty designing instruction and teaching courses

OCT 18
Our tenth-annual NMC Fall Conference.   Lunch provided.

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 books for the 2016-2017 will be Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel Siegel  and Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel.

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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