By Marilyn Cuch | May 13, 2022

Collage of faculty members receiving national credential for teaching excellence

Faculty Members Receive National Credential in Teaching Excellence

Utah State University recognized 28 faculty members for earning a nationally recognized teaching credential co-endorsed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE) during a campus-wide pinning ceremony on May 9.

"We are so proud of these dedicated instructors," said Travis Thurston, Director of Teaching Excellence at USU. "With their ACUE credential these instructors will not only have a positive impact on the students in their individual classrooms, but they will also become leaders in supporting their peers in our thriving teaching excellence community across the USU system." 

The event was hosted by  Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence and Academic and Instructional Services, which partnered with ACUE to promote teaching excellence. The 28 credentialed faculty members include instructors from 22 departments, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, graduate students and learning specialists.

These faculty members demonstrated commitment to student success by completing a 25-week course in Effective Online Teaching Practices to earn their certificate in Effective College Instruction. The process equips them with the instructional skills shown to promote student motivation, learning and persistence and required them to learn about and implement new evidence-based teaching practices in their courses, then reflect on the experience.

“When I implemented the evidence-based teaching practices in my courses, it was enthralling to observe how students truly did become more engaged,” said Carolyn Ball, a clinical assistant professor in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. “ACUE has motivated me to improve and be a more effective instructor.”

Aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning, ACUE’s courses address over 200 evidence-based teaching practices, covering how to design an effective course, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning techniques, promote higher order thinking and utilize assessments to inform instruction and promote learning. 

Faculty will continue to learn about pedagogy and receive career-long support through ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice, which provides access to member forums, expert webinars, biweekly newsletters, ACUE’s The ‘Q’ Blog, and “office hours” with leading scholars in college instruction. 

The completely online cohort was led by Marilyn Cuch, senior lecturer for the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, and was facilitated by ETE Coordinator Shelley Arnold.

“The cohort began in August 2021, before USU courses began, and ended one week before spring final exams which requires such dedication to staying focused on their ACUE course while juggling the demands of teaching and service,” Cuch added. “It’s just incredible what the cohort was able to accomplish weekly and apply concepts within their courses over the two semesters. They are truly more empowered for teaching online than before.”


About ACUE: The Association of College and University Educations (ACUE) is the nation’s leading provider of professional development to higher education. ACUE’s mission is student success through quality instruction. Through innovative online courses, ACUE prepares and credentials faculty in evidence-based teaching practices. ACUE’s standards-based approach leads to the only nationally recognized Certificate in Effective Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). Numerous, independently validated studies confirm that students learn more, more equitably, when taught by ACUE-credentialed educators. ACUE supports thousands of educators nationwide through partnerships with colleges, universities, and higher education systems and directly to educators through open enrollment offerings.  To learn more, visit


Marilyn Cuch
Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Education & Leadership
College of Education & Human Services