8th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning


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Are you interested in collaborating with your peers from around New Mexico and the Four Corners? Would you like to attend a conference that is hosted and presented by local colleagues, focused on our unique needs and challenges, yet also represents the highest standards in educational quality and innovative teaching practices? If so, we invite you to join CNM faculty for a day of professional development in an atmosphere of collegiality, sharing, and teaching excellence.

Date and Location

The conference will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, NM.

Goals of the Conference

The purpose of the conference is to provide high-quality, relevant professional development in teaching and learning to faculty at two-year institutions of higher education. Conference sessions will promote the best classroom practices that result in optimal outcomes for our students. The conference will enable the regional community of two-year higher education faculty to build faculty collegiality in a professional environment and to create networking and partnership opportunities among the represented schools.

Conference Program

This year’s thematic focus, 20/20 Vision: Evidence in Focus, reflects community college faculty interests in supporting our students with teaching methods that are tested and proven effective for adult learners at the Community College.

The conference day will include:

  • Keynote addresses by Stephen Chew and Aaron Richmond, both nationally-recognized speakers on evidence-based teaching practices
  • Continental breakfast and refreshments throughout the day
  • Choice of three lunch delicious options 
  • Great door prizes, including art, books, free registration passes to the 2021 CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning
  • Multiple concurrent sessions addressing evidence-based teaching practices and a variety of topics in teaching and learning, including student engagement, online learning, diversity & equity, using technology, and student accommodations. The presenters come from CNM and several other institutions across New Mexico, with about 1/3 of the sessions presented by faculty and staff from outside of CNM. As much as the venue allows, sessions will model an educational culture and philosophy promoting small group, workshop-style sessions. 
  • Resource Tables that highlight exciting classroom or program initiatives

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Featured Speakers

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Stephen Chew

Stephen L. Chew has been a professor of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 1993. Trained as a cognitive psychologist, one of his primary research areas is the cognitive basis of effective teaching and learning. His research interests include the use of examples in teaching, the impact of cognitive load on learning, and the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom. He is the creator of a groundbreaking series of YouTube videos for students on how to study effectively in college which have been viewed almost 3 million times and are in wide use from high schools to professional schools. More recently he created a series of videos for teaching on the cognitive principles of effective teaching.

Chew was awarded the Buchanan Award for Classroom Teaching Excellence from Samford in 1999. In 2005, he received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as the outstanding teacher of psychology at four-year colleges and universities. He was named the 2011 Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2018 he received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation.

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Aaron Richmond

Dr. Aaron S. Richmond is a professor of educational psychology and human development at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He completed his master’s degree in applied cognitive psychology from Montana State University in 2002, and in 2006, received a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno.

In more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters Dr. Richmond has explored effective pedagogical approaches to instruction in both k-12 and higher education. He specifically investigates cognitive and elaborative processes, model teaching competencies, the efficacy of instructional strategies, and various other topics in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Furthermore, as evident by publishing and presenting research with over 25 undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Richmond strongly believes in mentoring students through the research process in hopes to help shape future leaders in psychology and SoTL research.

Conference Cost

Registration fees for the one-day event will be $149, including conference materials, catered breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. This registration fee will be waived for presenters. (Transportation and any needed overnight hotel accommodations are not included.)

Conference Registration

Registration for the conference is open until December 19 or until the conference fills (whichever occurs first). Please note that pre-registration is required for this event; we will be unable to accept walk-up registration and attendance.  

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