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The Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning, CIETL, is a center dedicated to innovation and excellence, initiated by the Vice President of Instruction (and validated and supported by the administration), as an institutionalized place for directed focus on issues of teaching and learning.

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CIETL is committed to the college’s core mission of helping all our students move successfully through their academic plan, including basic skills, transfer, and career/technical education courses. CIETL does this by piloting, evaluating, and supporting innovative teaching and learning practices that encourage collaboration and community building and increase the retention, success, and persistence rates of our students. CIETL promotes sharing of this scholarship of teaching and learning across campus.

Introduction to CIETL

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CIETL Planning Meeting Minutes 2011-2012

Report 2010-2011

Professional Development Activities 2011-2012

Video : SLO-Mission (im) Possible


Carol Rhodes, Professor of Biology

Professor Rhodes has taught biology courses at CSM, Foothill, and Cañada Colleges for seven years.   Prior to this, she led a team of research scientists using molecular techniques for crop improvement.  As SLOAC Coordinator, she is familiar with the challenges of creating useful Student Learning Outcomes and meaningful assessments. 

Denise Erickson, Professor of Art History

Professor Erickson has taught Art History for 35 years at Cañada College, CSM, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, and Cantor Art Center at Stanford University.  She has been the Professional Development Coordinator at Cañada College for the last two years, and  a member of the Professional Development Governing Council for the District. As a SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Leader she coordinated five faculty from Cañada College and College of San Mateo to facilitate their research on teaching and learning. She is a member of the Academic Senate Governing Council, and, as the chair of the Art on Campus Committee, has worked with all constituencies on campus to achieve consensus on shared goals and values.

Anniqua Rana, Professor of ESL/English

Professor Rana teaches English and ESL at Cañada College, and has also taught at DeAnza College, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, LUMS University (Pakistan).    She participated in Scholar of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) focusing on the success of ESL students. She works closely with the California Community Colleges' Success Network, and is currently on the steering committee for ALLIES (Alliance for Language Learners' Integration and Educational Success).  Her dissertation focused on the impact of technology on the women in Higher Education in Pakistan (for details 


Danielle Behonick  ( Health Sciences

Mimosa Burr ( Chemistry

Salumeh Eslamieh ( English/Reading/Basic Skills

Ken Fehrman (Fehrmank@smccd.eduInterior Design

Mike Noonan  ( History 

Lisa Palmer (   English/Honors

Paul Roscelli ( Economics

Rita Sabbadini ( Learning Center   

Mike Stanford  ( History

  • Plan and implement presentations, symposia, colloquia, and workshops promoting innovation and scholarship in teaching and learning.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research on the development of assessment techniques to further efforts by faculty and staff to use valid evidence of student success.
  • Develop and maintain the Center’s space in the Library and provide information resources about the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Provide guidance and support to faculty and staff to assist development and use of formative assessment practices.
  • Develop venues for stimulating collaborative inquiry and thoughtful reflection on current practices and their impact on student learning.
  • Collaborate with faculty, deans, and staff on initiatives that improve student success.
  • Collaborate with faculty, deans, and staff in the development of strategic plans regarding instructional technology. 
  • Assess the quality of the Center’s programs and services and act on assessment results to improve these programs and services.
  • Manage the Center budget and identify and obtain resources that support the activities of the Center.
Draft Vision of CIETL



BRIC proposal

Assessing CIETL

CIETL Logic Model Deraft