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7th 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 representing 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 at the 7th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning.

The purpose of the conference is to provide high quality, relevant professional development in teaching and learning to faculty at 2-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.
The morning keynote speaker will be Heather McGowan. Recognized as the 2017 #1 global voice for Education on LinkedIn media network, Heather McGowan is an internationally known speaker, writer, and thought leader. McGowan prepares leaders to most-effectively react to rapid and disruptive changes in education, work, and society. As an innovation strategist, Heather has worked with diverse teams to address these challenges. Recognizing that business innovation begins with education, specifically learning faster than your competition, she has worked with university presidents and corporate human resources managers to prepare both graduates and workers for jobs that do not yet exist. She was the strategic architect of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson), the first undergraduate college explicitly focused on innovation. At Becker College, she crafted the Agile Mindset learning framework used to prepare students to work in an uncertain future. She assists corporate executives in rethinking their business models, teams, and organizational structures to become resilient in changing markets. Her corporate clients range from start-ups to publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies, including Autodesk and BD Medical. Often quoted in the media, notably by NYT columnist Thomas L Friedman for her thought leadership in the Future of Work, McGowan also serves on the advisory board for Sparks & Honey, a New York-based culture focused agency focused on the future for brands. 

Michelle DuVal will provide the closing plenary keynote address. Michelle is the leading provider of Mindfulness Training in the Southwest United States, with her ongoing programs appearing in such top institutions as Presbyterian, the New Mexico Heart Institute, Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Public School system, the American Lung Association, and more. Her skill in teaching comes not only from her training with the top meditation masters in the world, but also from her father, who started The Mindful Center more than 25 years ago after meditation literally saved his life, and he responded to the powerful need to share the practice with others. All of her programs are evidence based, steeped in research, and skillfully interweave the profundity of the practice and the humor of insight every step of the way.

During the conference day, multiple concurrent sessions will address the future of work and learning, wellness inside and outside of the classroom, professionalism and soft skills, and a variety of topics in teaching and learning, including active learning and student engagement, digital pedagogy, diversity, distance learning, and other topics related to best practices in teaching adults at the community college. The presenters come from CNM and several other institutions in New Mexico and Arizona, with more than 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. 

The conference will be held January 11, 2019 at Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa in Albuquerque, NM.

Complete information about the CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning is available at the conference web site: 

If you have any questions regarding registration for the conference, please email


Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Fri

Embassy Suites Albuquerque

Erica Reed 



Registration Closes On
Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/11/2019 - 1/11/2019 Weekly - Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Albuquerque, Embassy Suites Albuquerque  Map Erica Reed  Conference