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MSU Center for Faculty Excellence receives international recognition

April 8, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - The Montana State University Center for Faculty Excellence was recognized last month as a 2014 Exemplary Teaching and Learning Center at the 25th International Conference on Teaching and Learning held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Marilyn Lockhart, associate professor and interim director of the MSU Center for Faculty Excellence, said the center was one of 12 honored out of more than 100 nominated for the award. MSU’s Center for Excellence opened three years ago for support and professional enhancement of faculty in the areas of teaching, research, creative activities and engagement.

“National recognition is an honor and the result of a lot of people working hard,” said Lockhart. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of the center, and it is nice to have the work validated.”

In 2013, the center offered 72 workshops with more than 1,800 attendees. Workshop topics included: teaching strategies to promote student learning, motivation, and retention; design and implementation of best practices; and ways to enhance research.

Lockhart said the center awarded more than $200,000 in grants in 2013 to support faculty in their teaching and research. The center offered training for faculty interested in using MSU’s two new technology-enhanced active learning, or TEAL, classrooms. It also organized a pair of book discussion groups, four writing groups that met weekly to review each other's research writing, and supports an early career faculty-mentoring program. 

Marilyn Lockhart (406) 994-4555, lockhart@montana.edu MSU-All-News, News-internal