Center for Instructional Excellence
The Center for Instructional Excellence supports student learning by encouraging faculty-driven initiatives, promoting development of faculty knowledge, and recognizing the achievement of excellence.
Each year the Center for Instructional Excellence hosts three days of Professional Development sessions open to all faculty. The first Professional Development Day takes place on the afternoon of Opening Conference in September. In October, there is a full day of sessions at the mid-semester break. The third Day takes place on the afternoon of Mid-Year Conference in January. Learn more »
Friday Forums are presentations over the lunch hour, which give faculty a chance to share new methods and discoveries with each other in a less formal atmosphere than a Professional Development Day. There are three Forums scheduled each semester and lunch is always provided. Learn more »
Professional Development Days
In order to maintain a networked and knowledgeable workforce at NMC, faculty will often attend conferences, off-site meetings or otherwise address their goals through professional development. CIE has a budget for reimbursing full-time faculty members who take advantage of these opportunities with department approval. Adjunct faculty are also eligible for $800 stipends towards their professional development. Learn more »
20 Minute Mentor Series
New in 2013, CIE has purchased a subscription to Magna Publications series “20 Minutes Mentor.” Three times each semester, a CIE Advisory Board member will host faculty in an active learning classroom on campus to watch a “20 Minute Mentor” video and facilitate discussion. Coffee is provided and faculty can bring snacks to share if they choose. The atmosphere is casual and gives faculty an opportunity for lively and engaging conversation. Learn more »
Reading Groups (CIE, Global Lit)
At Opening Conference in September, CIE distributes a chosen book to faculty who are interested in joining a discussion group during the October Professional Development Day. CIE also co-sponsors the Global Literature Reading Group hosted by Osterlin Library and subsidizes the purchase of Global Lit books.
CIE Resource Library
CIE maintains a section of books and resources within the Osterlin Library for faculty use. Browse the titles online »
News & Events
Deadline is March 17
Have NMC instructors made a difference in your life? Could “dedicated”, “innovative” and “excellent” be used to describe them? If you are looking for a way to recognize the impact an NMC teacher has had on your learning journey, please consider nominating that teacher for the Faculty Excellence awards. Faculty are truly honored to be nominated for these annual awards. This is the highest teaching honor awarded at NMC and nominations can only come from students.
Nominations are due by March 17 and can be submitted at surveymonkey.com/r/YGV7XJN.
Initiated by a contribution from longtime NMC benefactors Harold and Imogene Wise in 1970 and first awarded to a full-time faculty member in 1971, recipients are chosen by a student selection committee, and award criteria includes teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication.