Effective Online Teaching Practices Course (ACUE)

In Fall 2020, the Office of the Provost began partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer an online course, Effective Teaching Practices. This is the first course that leads to a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE)This program was piloted successfully and will continue in 2021-2022 with a new course, Effective Online Teaching Practices. It focuses mainly on online teaching with the opportunity to practice the evidence-based skills taught in online or face-to-face classes. 

Completion of the course can provide evidence of teaching proficiency for various faculty performance assessments. 

The cost of attendance is covered by the Office of the Pprovost, the Graduate School, and the Teaching Academy; the course is facilitated by Dr. Alice Martinic, Teaching Academy.

"I always open evaluations with a mix of optimism and dread – generally one group thinks I did great, and loved the class, while the other half were frustrated and upset.  This year with ACUE, I had tools to add to all of my ambitions and ideas and it worked great!" 
- Frannie Miller, Ag Econ and Ag Business
On evaluations students said: "Dr. Miller really allowed students to flourish in their own light. By catering to everyone's unique personal experiences, it allowed the rest of the class to understand a variety of viewpoints." 
and "This course... helped me find my passion and even led me to change my major."
"I've been teaching for 20 years and taken many Teaching Academy events so I would never have imagined how the ACUE course would provide me with so many new ways to improve my classes for my students."
-Andrea Joseph, Criminal Justice
"The ACUE course gives faculty practical tools and proven methods for teaching and building a community of students in the classroom, whether the class is synchronous or asynchronous. I feel less anxiety and more prepared now to teach online courses."
-Alice Poole, English

More Information

Participants complete 25 actively facilitated, asynchronous online modules. These modules feature video demonstrations of online teaching from around the country and interviews with leading experts in higher education. As part of each module, participants select evidence-based practices to implement in their own course(s)—whether online or in the classroom. Participants then write a reflection about successes and challenges they experienced with a weekly due date. The course requires about three hours of work per week. Online work is supplemented with a half dozen in-person (or synchronous Zoom) meetings of the cohort. You can learn about each module of the course here: Effective Teaching Practices and about the efficacy of the course here: Efficacy Studies & Reports.

All full- or part-time faculty from the Las Cruces campus are eligible to apply; graduate instructors are also eligible, but this website is aimed at faculty—for the graduate instructor application, contact Dr. Martinic at martinic@nmsu.edu. Because the course extends over two semesters, and requires instructors to apply the principles to their own classes, applicants must receive confirmation from your department head that you will teach both semesters. The size of the cohort will be limited to 30 participants, per the ACUE course pedagogy.
Participants will enjoy a renewed passion for teaching, increased efficiency, and support from other faculty and graduate student instructors who are implementing similar evidence-based strategies. Participants who complete all modules will be awarded the ACE certificate and digital badges, which can be added to your CV, LinkedIn profiles, or webpages. Those who complete the course before mid-April will be recognized at the annual Teaching Academy Gala. 
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are closed. Applications typically open in March and close in April.

The following faculty completed the ACUE course and have obtained a Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education


College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

  • John Campbell, Animal and Range Sciences
  • Efren Delgado, Family & Consumer sciences
  • Merranda Marín, Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Frannie Miller, Agricultural economics & Agricultural Business

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Hyunin Baek, Criminal Justice
  • Julie Fitzsimmons, Art
  • Andrea Joseph, Criminal Justice
  • Mary Lamonica, Journalism & Media Studies
  • Ross Marks, Creative Media Institute
  • Teri Orr, Biology
  • Alice Poole, English
  • Michèle Shuster, Biology
  • Jim Kroger, Psychology 

College of Business

  • Faruk Arslan, Accounting & Information Systems

College of Education

  • Christopher Aiken, Kinesiolgoy & Dance
  • Raquel Aranda, Kinesiology & Dance
  • Michael Kalkbrenner, Counseling & Educational Psychology
  • Yvonne Moreno, Curriculum & Instruction
  • Magdalena Pando, Curriculum & Instruction

College Health & Social Services

  • Amanda Barela, Social Work
  • Conni DeBlieck, Nursing
  • Bianca Kertson, Public Health Sciences
  • Cheryl Lombardi, Nursing
  • Meg Long, Public Health Sciences
  • Jason Mallonee, Social Work
  • Jacquelyn Williams, Nursing