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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.

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
NOV 4 – Technology Showcase
DEC 2 – Grading

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 –  Irene Miller – Into No Man’s Land: A Historical Memoir
NOV 18 – The Learning Mindset – Carol Dweck
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.