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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.

Professional development

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

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 the NMC Library and subsidizes the purchase of Global Lit books.


CIE maintains a list of links to conferences that faculty have attended in the past, and a review system for attendees to provide reviews of conferences they've attended.

CIE Resource Library

CIE maintains a section of books and resources within the Osterlin Library for faculty use. Browse the titles online »

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Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award

Lisa Balbach2021 Recipient:
Lisa Balbach

Computer Information Technology instructor Lisa Balbach started teaching at NMC in 2016. Students had this to say about her:

  • Professor Balbach provides timely, detailed feedback on assignments and always provides an opportunity to redo/update weekly assignments for resubmission, allowing us to learn from our mistakes.
  • She is incredibly thorough in explaining concepts and provides examples of real-world practical application. Projects are designed to give students practice with concepts, but also allow a great deal of latitude to connect with students' interests.

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Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award

Diane Bolton2021 Recipient:
Diane Bolton

Adjunct English instructor Diane Bolton first worked at NMC in 2009. Students said this about her:

  • Instructor Bolton helps the students understand the material by teaching us in a way that we can relate and build from.
  • Professor Bolton also maintains an outstanding rapport with students through her communication skills. She encourages everyone to speak and express their thoughts within the class.

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