Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence | Nevada State College

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

Collaborate. Innovate. Inspire.

Our Mission

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) provides professional development opportunities for full-time faculty and part-time instructors at Nevada State College in order to improve student learning outcomes and support the college’s academic mission.

Faculty Learning Outcomes

• Expand evidence-based pedagogical awareness
• Incorporate evidence-based best practices in course design, instructional delivery, and assessment
• Collaborate in a community of teaching scholars
• Engage in reflective practice

Programs & Services

Individual Consultations

Faculty receive one-on-one coaching from a CTLE consultant on teaching topics such as course design, methods, assessment, or technology; discuss your successes and challenges; request teaching observations; review course evaluations; receive formative feedback on your teaching; consultations are confidential and tailored to your individual needs and goals.

Workshops

Focused on a particular topic, these events typically last 60-90 minutes; presenters will share innovative teaching tips and evidence-based practices; opportunity to connect and network with faculty from across the campus.

Faculty Learning Communities

Small interdisciplinary groups of faculty (ideal size 8-10 members); meet every three or four weeks; focused on a topic of interest; theory or project-based.

Teaching Academy

Faculty can pursue the Teaching Academy: Foundations of Teaching Certificate which can be completed at your own pace over a one or two-year period; learning experiences include workshops, faculty learning communities, Teaching Circles, and reflective practice.

Small-Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

Receive mid-term feedback from your students; at the end of one class session, the instructor leaves the classroom while the CTLE staff member conducts a 15-minute guided conversation with students; feedback is presented to the instructor at a follow-up consultation; available for both face-to-face and online courses. Email CTLE@nsc.edu to schedule this service.

Best Practices Certification Course

Self-paced asynchronous certification course based on NSC’s Online Quality Assurance Rubric that focuses on five key components of online course design: organization, learning design, accessibility and technology tools, instructor presence, and assessment; certificate takes approximately 12-15 hours to complete. 

Teaching Fellows Institute (TFI)

Special six-week summer program supporting innovative teaching projects; by application only; stipends offered to faculty participants; funding from Provost’s Office.

Portfolio Training

Tenure-track faculty receive guidance on preparing their academic portfolios; sessions offered annually during summer.

Active Learning Retreat

Three-day, intensive workshops held annually during the early summer; support for faculty in designing engaging learning activities; stipend offered to participants.

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OUR TEAM

Chris Garrett, Ph.D.

Director of Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence / Professor of Education

Jack Agamba, Ph.D.

Instructional Designer

Sierra Adare-Tasiwoopa Api, Ph.D.

Instructional Technologist
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Morgan Iommi, Ph.D.

Instructional Designer
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