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About CETL

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) organizes professional development activities for faculty throughout Minnesota State University, Mankato. Talking About Teaching has been our motto since The Center was established in the fall of 2002 and it remains true today. Our programming is designed to help you improve student engagement, design more organized courses, create better student learning outcomes, and enhance your teaching career. Participants in our various faculty groups can find support and encouragement while discussing, improving, and developing innovative teaching strategies.

CETL’s mission is to support the University’s faculty as they create excellent learning experiences for our students. CETL programs encourage an informal exchange of ideas among scholars in its warm, welcoming and technologically up-to-date space in the Center for Excellence and Innovation (Memorial Library 88). We offer a variety of services and support to faculty. 

Professional Learning Communities

The flagship of CETL is the professional learning community. These interdisciplinary groups meet regularly to explore teaching and learning topics. Perhaps better known as “certificate programs,” the professional learning communities allow faculty with common interests or concerns to share and reflect on ways to improve their teaching.

Scholars at Work Series

These 50-minute seminars allow faculty and staff to share their expertise with campus community to help us all improve teaching and learning.

Book Discussion Groups

Book Discussion Groups meet 3-5 times during a semester to explore a variety of themes related to teaching and learning. CETL provides the books, beverages, and a location. We also help you recruit participants. You bring your ideas and enthusiasm for learning.


Full-time, first year probationary faculty are paired with seasoned colleagues to be supported and encouraged by others who have already found ways to be successful. We link faculty across departments and colleges, so they can be assured that conversations are confidential and get a different perspective on life at the University. The CETL Faculty Mentoring program was created at the request of the Faculty Association.

Students Consulting on Teaching (SCOT)

The SCOTs are carefully selected and trained Minnesota State Mankato students who are interested in the teaching and learning process. They can serve as excellent resources to faculty members, providing valuable insights to supplement student evaluations and peer reviews. Students are paid for their work.

Peer Faculty Consultations

Peer Faculty Consultants are experienced instructors from other disciplines who can provide professional, respectful, and confidential feedback on teaching. Consultations are available to all university faculty regardless of rank, but new faculty are particularly encouraged to participate in this program. We encourage instructors to mention the consultation experience in professional development reports to their deans (or for adjunct faculty, their department chairs).