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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Mission & Goals:

The Minnesota State University, Mankato's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning promotes excellence in teaching and learning by providing resources: Faculty Communities of Scholars, and communications and strategies to support, strengthen and recognize high quality and innovative teaching. The Center offers a place for all instructors to meet formally and informally to support each other in the scholarship of teaching.

Supporting Excellence in Teaching and Learning:

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is here to provide resources and support to faculty. Through CETL, faculty can be part of a community of teachers and scholars. Participants in our various faculty groups can find support and encouragement while discussing, improving, and developing innovative teaching strategies.

"Talking About Teaching" has been our motto since The Center was established in the fall of 2002 and it remains true today. In short, we are here to serve our faculty in the all-important goal of improving student learning. Stop by our office (Memorial Library 88, Lower Level) or browse this website to learn more.

Recently, CETL completed its Fiscal Year 2013 Program Evaluation.  See the link below for an account of program offerings and attendance.  

[PDF] FY 2013 Program Results (47 KiB)

We offer a variety of services and support to faculty, including:

  • Communities of Scholars

    Collaborate with other faculty and focus on a broad issue of education. You will enjoy getting to know faculty in other colleges and departments across the University. You will be stimulated by the diversity of thought as well as the thought-provoking or challenging topics of discussion. Communities of Scholars meet once a month.

  • 5-Minute Workshops

    Learning new teaching strategies to engage today's learners doesn't have to be a burden on your schedule. You can learn a new teaching strategy in as little as 5 minutes. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning can provide ideas for you to do on your own, or you can request a quick demonstration on the dates that work for you. You could even begin your department meeting with a 5-minute demonstration of an effective, research-based teaching strategy. We also produce short videos and podcasts documenting some effective, engaging classroom strategies.

  • Hot Topics

    The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning frequently offers hour-long presentations, discussions, or workshops around a specific topic or skill. These presentations can be customized for departments, or you can individually attend a previously scheduled session.

  • Brown Bag Discussions

    Use your lunch hour to collaborate and participate in a faculty discussion on a variety of topics. You can attend a full series or just one or two sessions depending on your schedule and interests.

Other Services

Faculty may wish for a Peer Faculty Consultation, a student consultation, IRB guidance, D2L one-to-one training or questions, lecture recording and production, assessment of programs or classes, advice on scholarship and research, or teaching and learning guidance. Let us know how we can help! See the "Programs" link from the left navigation.

SAVE THE DATE: Stewart Ross Recital on Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Department of Music presents Dr. Stewart Ross in a recital
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

The event is a farewell trombone recital by Stewart Ross who retires from Minnesota State University in May.  Dr. Ross was Director of Bands for 21 years and served as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for the past 13 years.  In all, he has contributed his talents to the University for the past 37 years, arriving at the college in March of 1977.

The recital features special guest performers David Viscoli, Tom Giles, Linda Duckett, James DeVoll, and the Minnesota Valley Brass Quintet.

A reception will follow the recital.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series
office, (507) 389-5549.

For questions and answers, please contact The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at 507-389-5899 or email