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Center for Educational Innovation

Our mission is to promote, model, support, and celebrate evidence-based educational excellence through inspiration, integration, and innovation.


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Each year, the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) provides events to facilitate outstanding teaching and learning.

  • New Faculty Orientation: Although there is a programmatic component to the New Faculty Orientation, which includes a series of workshops, panels, and presentations; a major event that starts the iteration of events occurs in July, where over 100 new faculty members attend a week-long array of workshops and trainings prior to the start of the Fall semester. An abbreviated version of the event occurs in early January for those faculty who arrive for the Spring semester only.
  • SoTL Forum: This teaching and learning conference each fall semester showcases the Academy Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research, and includes an invited keynote address and workshop as well as a variety of other sessions. Audience-voted poster awards are announced at the end of the day for “Most Innovative Project” and “Project Most Likely to Impact USAFA”.
  • Education Innovation Week: Each Spring semester, CEI hosts a series of showcases of innovative practices in the classrooms at the Academy, through a combination of panels, posters, and interactive talks by Academy leaders.





CEI provides a large repository of resources that have been previewed and vetted by CEI staff. Those who want to quickly identify high value focused information on a broad array of pedagogical issues can find resources by joining the “Friends of CEI” in Microsoft Teams.


Academic Assessment: Practice evidence-based improvement in and analysis of student learning

Educational Technology: Effectively use technology to deliver learning experiences

Faculty Development: Acquire a broad repertoire of evidence-based, learning-centered teaching practices

Instructional Design: Making your course and lesson the best possible learning-centered events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Researching and publishing about teaching and learning


Center for Educational Innovation Staff