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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

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Scholars Hall 105 | Lunch provided

OCT 5 – Why Teaching?
NOV 2 – Metacognition
NOV 30 – Most Likely to Succeed
FEB 1 – Helping Students Own It:  Mental Health and Disability Issues
MAR 1 – Helping Students Own Their Own Learning
APR 5 – “Appy Hour” – Technology for the Classroom

20 Minute Mentor Coffee Club

10:00 AM – 11:00 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 21 – The Power of Moments (Dan Heath)
OCT 19 –  How to learn? From mistakes (Diana Laufenberg)
NOV 16 – The Truth Behind “Brain-Based” Learning (Dr. Janet Zadina)
Spring sessions:
JAN 18 – The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success (Eduardo Briceno)
FEB 15 – We Learn Best from People We Love (David Brooks)
MAR 15 – Human Brain, Behavior, and Changing your Mind (Dr. Joe Dispenza)

Professional Development Days

OCT 9 – NMC Fall Conference
JAN 7 – NMC Winer Conference

NMC Reads  

Book Cover - The Business Model Innovation Factory

Business Model Innovation Factory 
(This book provided the innovation framework as well as the big-picture rational and inspiration for the Experiential Learning Action Project Team at NMC.)
Business model innovation is the new strategic imperative for all leaders. Blockbuster’s executives saw Netflix coming. Yet they stuck with their bricks and mortar business model, losing billions in shareholder value. They were “netflixed.” Today, all organizations must be capable of designing, prototyping, and experimenting with new business models.

Book Cover -- The Power of Moments

The Power of Moments
While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children? This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest.

Faculty can get a copy of the book – free of charge. Please contact Kristen Salathiel ( ) 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 titles online.