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The mission of the Office of Support for Effective Teaching (OSET) is to engage and empower UNM instructors to develop effective, diverse learning opportunities to enhance the success of diverse learners.

OSET works to make teaching and teaching improvement an indispensable part of university life and a key dimension of the professional identity of every faculty member. OSET endeavors to cultivate a campus-wide learning community that values and rewards excellence in teaching and learning and is responsive to the needs of instructional staff who want to enhance their teaching.

OSET hopes to shape a campus culture that holds teaching in such high regard that all classes are ultimately taught by thoughtful and proficient instructors constantly striving to improve their teaching. OSET provides opportunities for faculty to think and talk about their teaching, to get help with any aspect of their teaching, and to engage faculty in the national discourse about university teaching in which teaching is valued, visible, integrated and cutting edge. Accordingly, OSET also provide resources for faculty to study teaching and to contribute to the burgeoning scholarship of teaching.

The Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee ( TEC ) serves as the advisory board to OSET.

Who We Are

OSET, the Office of Support for Effective Teaching, is the University's faculty development program. OSET is a result of the reorganization efforts of the Provost's office from the program previously known as CASTL in September 2006. This office serves as a general resource center for all UNM instructors including tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, adjunct faculty, faculty on Branch campuses, teaching assistants, clinician educators and all others who have an instructional role in the classroom. The primary programs currently sponsored by OSET are New Faculty Orientation, Success in the Classroom conference, workshop and brown-bag series on topics of interest to faculty, longer institutes on course design, and the coordination with the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee of the University teaching awards .


OSET works to create partnerships across the university community to promote teaching enhancement and faculty development. Some OSET programs are collaborations with New Media & Extended Learning, Writing Across Communities, and Title V.