Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota knows that excellence in learning comes from excellence in teaching. Because of that, Saint Mary’s faculty members are continuously learning how to be even better teachers through the institution’s Centers for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Last week the faculty development program at Saint Mary’s University and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs was lauded as one of 12 exemplary teaching and learning centers in the nation.

CELT and its practices were highlighted by Florida State College researchers after a study of 107 colleges and universities nationwide. Awards were presented at the 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning that took place from March 24–28 in Jacksonville, Fla. Susan Hines, director of faculty development for Saint Mary’s graduate schools, accepted the award on behalf of the university and its graduate schools’ faculty development committee.

“We work to provide various programs, workshops, webinars, new faculty orientations, e-newsletters and faculty resources,” Hines said. “The members of our faculty development committee are incredibly dedicated and play an integral role in our ability to provide quality faculty development. It is their creative energy and dedication to academic development that allowed us the opportunity to receive this national award.”

Saint Mary’s CELT intentionally designs faculty development programs to support the needs of full-time, core and adjunct faculty members. Programs are offered through face-to-face sessions, online webinars and recorded conference sessions so all faculty members have access to development activities.

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