9th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

 2021 Conference Graphic Jan. 8, 2021

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 represents 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.

Date and Format

The conference will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 via video conference.


8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Resource Rooms, Social Activities
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions, Morning Plenary Address
9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. Break
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Concurrent Sessions A
11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions B
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Resource Rooms, Social Activities
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions C
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. Afternoon Plenary Address
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Resource Rooms

Goals of the Conference

The purpose of the conference is to provide high-quality, relevant professional development in teaching and learning to faculty at two-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.

Conference Program

This year’s thematic focus is The Evolution of Community College Teaching & Learning: Crisis, Care, and Re-Creation. This theme reflects the commitment of community college faculty to support our students through the COVID-19 pandemic and afterward, in academic and workforce preparedness, and holistically as adults adapting to challenging conditions. 

The conference day will include:

  • Keynote addresses by Natasha Nurse-Clarke and Cora Munoz
  • Multiple concurrent sessions addressing these and other topics related to teaching and learning at the community college or two-year college.  View the Schedule of Breakout Sessions 
    • Teaching Online: How lessons learned from remote teaching can impact and improve in-person education
    • Actively engaging students in virtual environments (synchronous and asynchronous)
    • Equity in the classroom and our institutions; teaching practices that support equity in virtual environments
    • Trauma-informed teaching
    • Wellness: in and out of the classroom
  • Session presenters from CNM and several other institutions across New Mexico
  • "Poster" sessions: brief videos or infographics describing or displaying best practices, research, results, program information, etc. 
  • Resource Rooms: live virtual drop-in sessions that highlight exciting classroom or program initiatives

Featured Speakers

Photo of Natasha Nurse-ClarkeNatasha Nurse-Clarke

Natasha Nurse-Clarke is a Registered Nurse with a background in neonatal nursing, grief counseling and nursing education. Dr. Nurse-Clarke currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), in the Bronx, NY where she is a leader in online education.

Dr. Nurse-Clarke holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, CUNY, a Masters of Science in Nursing in the Clinical Nurse Specialist track with a focus on High-Risk Mothers and Infants from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate School of Nursing, a Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Grief Counseling from Brooklyn, College, CUNY and a PhD in Nursing from the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Nurse-Clarke has deep interests in online education, perinatal bereavement support, and adolescent health and advocacy. Dr. Nurse-Clarke has spoken on the topic of online education and made various presentations at local and international proceedings related to online education. She has experience developing, facilitating and instructing in online courses and working in course design. Dr. Natasha Nurse-Clarke currently runs a virtual community for Online Educators and hosts a blog about being an online educator at https://natashanurseclarke.mykajabi.com

Photo of Cora MunozCora Munoz

Dr. Cora Munoz is a Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at Capital University. She is an author, academic scholar, and consultant, national and international speaker, Fulbright Scholar, diversity trainer, health advocate and a community worker. Her clinical specialty is Psychiatric Mental Health and Transcultural Nursing with expertise in Cultural Competence, Education and Teaching Nursing.

She completed her master's in nursing education at Columbia University, Teachers College in New York City with post-masters courses in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and her doctoral degree in Counselor Education with a minor in Nursing at the Ohio State University.

She is currently the President of the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition. She has served for many years as the Governor appointed commissioner and served as Vice-Chair of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. She is also a member of the Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council to the Governor where she has served as Chairperson of the Health Committee. She is currently the President of the Asian Festival Corporation and coordinated Health screenings and Health education for the Asian community. She was the founder of the Phil Nurses Association of Indiana and the Phil Nurses Association of Central Ohio in which she is a current board member in good standing. She has served as Vice-president for Culture of the Philippine American Society of Central Ohio and also served as a board member of this organization.

Dr. Munoz has received numerous accolades and awards as an outstanding nurse educator and community leader. She has received three Fulbright scholarships for the specialist program. She continues to teach Transcultural Nursing and provides trainings for cultural competency in health for various health disciplines. She is also a certified trainer for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards and a national trainer for Mental Health First Aid certified by the National Behavioral Health Council. 

Dr. Munoz is currently an adjunct professor at Capital University and Mt. Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. She has been a nurse educator for over 40 years and a national trainer in areas of Transcultural Health, Mental Health, Global Health, Psychiatric Nursing and Psychosocial Issues, Cultural Competency and Diversity.

Conference Cost

This year there is no registration fee for attending the Conference. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate across institutions and disciplines.

Conference Registration

Registration for the conference is open through December 18, 2020.  Register here: 2021 CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning Registration Page.  Prior to the event, you will receive an email with the Conference Program and the links to access conference sessions.


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