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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

Resources for Faculty and Staff

All Nevada State employees are added to the CTLE Canvas Resource Site which houses teaching-related resources. You will be directed to sign in with your credentials to access this site.

This site includes information on Artificial Intelligence.

CTLE Canvas Site

Teaching Academy Certificates Program

CTLE Faculty Fellow

Annual Reports


Faculty Learning Communities

Teaching Fellows Institute

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.


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 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.