Center for Teaching

Center for Teaching

Welcome to The Center for Teaching

NVCC's Center for Teaching is our institution's local resource offering professional development and support to NVCC faculty and staff related to teaching and learning. We offer interactive workshops, book clubs, "brown bags," "lunch and learns," panels, and roundtable discussions throughout the academic year. We are a part of the statewide Center for Teaching (CFT). The CFT was established in 1987 as a vehicle to promote teaching excellence through the sharing of ideas, the interaction of faculty members on individual campuses, and the creation of coordinated professional development opportunities for the Connecticut Community College system. Visit:

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Our events and resources for this academic year will be anchored by three overarching themes: Educational Equity, Online Pedagogy, and Self-Care. We will be offering live virtual events and providing digital resources and teaching tips through our NVCFT-Teaching-and-Learning Blackboard site.

Spring Semester CFT Drop In's:

Tuesday, 4/27 
3:00-4:00 pm Join here
Time doesn't work for you?
Make an appointment with Ruth.

Calendar of NVCC CFT Events

Find Connecticut Center for Teaching event listings in the latest NVCC CFT newsletter.

Added Event!
Faculty Well-Being Days - A Center for Teaching Event!

Friday, May 21 – 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Monday, May 24 - 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.

The event will take place online using WebEx or Zoom.

TO REGISTER: Complete this form

In order to best help their students, faculty need to make sure they're taking care of themselves.

This was a very, very challenging year for faculty. The statewide Center for Teaching is pleased to coordinate this May event focusing squarely on the faculty wellness, self-care, rejuvenation, and personal and professional fulfillment.  The event will feature presentations, facilitations, breakout discussions, and guided practice sessions covering several different facets of personal and professional wellness for faculty across our colleges.  Presentations and discussions are intended to be practical and immediately helpful in terms of what we can bring to our personal and professional well-being and also, directly or indirectly, to our work with our students.

Presentation and breakout session topics will include:

  • Mindfulness and Self-care
  • Gratitude and Fulfillment
  • Energy Management
  • Chair Yoga with Meditation
  • Emotional Exhaustion
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Mindfulness through Writing Poetry
  • How We Grow as Teachers During Challenging Times

Presenters / facilitators will include:

  • Sharon Gutterman, Copper Beech Institute
  • Nancy La Guardia, Business, Capital Community College
  • Colleen Richard, Human Services, Tunxis Community College
  • Colena Sesanker, Philosophy, Gateway Community College
  • Amely Cross, Chemistry, Asnuntuck Community College
  • Eileen Russo, Social Sciences, Gateway Community College
  • Antoinette Brim, English, Capital Community College
  • Ruth Urbina-Lilback, Math, Naugatuck Valley Community College

Resource Links

Resource Links

On-Demand Workshops

CFT Blackboard Site
All who teach are automatically enrolled in the CFT Blackboard site which has many resources and archives of past events.  Log in through my.commnet.


Log in and look for NVCT_Teaching_and_Learning

CT Center For Teaching 
Find additional resources and events at the state level.

CT CFT website



We're here for you!
Contact us with questions and suggestions.


NVCC Center for Teaching Chair

Nikki McGary, Ph.D.


NVCC Teaching and Learning Consultant

Ruth Urbina-Lilback

CFT Newsletters 

Spring 2021

Fall 2020

CFT Committee

NVCC Center For Teaching Committee

Nikki McGary (CFT Chair)
Ruth Urbina-Lilback (Teaching & Learning Consultant)

Sandra Eddy (Professor, CIS, Business)
Althea Hayes (Assistant Professor, English)
Lou Lombard (Professor, English)
Mitch Holmes (Professor, Business)
Kim O’Donnell (Professor, Psychology)
Patti Pallis (Professor, English; Chair)
Steve Parlato (Professor, English)
Julia Petitfrere (Professor, English)
Carlos Plaza (Assistant Professor, Math)
Chris Rempfer (Assoc. Professor, English)
Kathy Taylor (Professor, Legal Studies)
Angela Tiru (Professor, Psychology) 

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