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NMSU Provost to sponsor professional development opportunities for faculty

Release Date: 18 Dec 2020
NMSU Provost to sponsor professional development opportunities for faculty

Due to the increasing need for transitioning traditional classroom teaching to online delivery methods, New Mexico State University Provost Carol Parker is sponsoring two opportunities for faculty professional development.

Thanks to the leadership and assistance of NMSU’s Digital Learning Office and the Teaching Academy, two new programs are underway: the Digital Faculty Fellows initiative and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Effective College Teaching Course. Both programs are sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

“Faculty Fellows for Digital Learning have been selected to work with the Vice Provost for Digital Learning Sherry Kollmann and Tara Gray, director of the Teaching Academy, to provide enhanced support and promote professional development opportunities for instructors who are teaching online,” Parker said.

The Faculty Fellows for Digital Learning are:

• Betsy Stringam, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

• Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza, College of Arts and Sciences, languages and linguistics.

• Cat Jonet, College of Arts and Sciences, interdisciplinary studies.

• Marija Dimitrijevic, College of Arts and Sciences, criminal justice.

• Michele Shuster, College of Arts and Sciences, biology.

• Carol Flinchbaugh, College of Business, management.

• Julia Parra, College of Education, curriculum and instruction.

• Paul Furth, College of Engineering, engineering technology.

• Conni DeBlieck, College of Health and Social Services, nursing.

The Effective Teaching Practices Course, facilitated by the Teaching Academy, is a professional development course that results in a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction. The program was piloted successfully in 2020-2021 and will continue in 2021-2022 with a new course, Effective Online Teaching Practices, focusing on teaching online with some information on face-to-face instruction.

“I’ve been teaching for 20 years and taken many Teaching Academy events. I would never have imagined how the ACUE course would provide me with so many new ways to improve my classes for my students,” said Andrea Joseph, criminal justice professor at NMSU.

Faculty will be able to apply for the course in the near future.

For more information about the faculty development projects sponsored by the Office of the Provost, visit

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