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What is ACUE?

Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) courses prepare and support faculty to teach with research-based best practices, improving student achievement and closing equity gaps. Completion of ACUE courses leads to a nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council of Education (ACE).

What can you expect when taking ACUE courses?

  • NEW FORMAT for 2024 – One (micro)course is offered each semester. Each course consists of 6-7 modules that are completed asynchronously, with one module delivered per week (with occasional break weeks).
  • Each module includes research-based strategies to try out in your course immediately, teaching simulations and scenarios to discuss, and examples and methods for both in-person and online teaching.
  • The average time commitment to complete a course is 2-3 hours per week over 6-7 weeks.
  • ACUE courses are offered at no cost to you or your department, thanks to contributions from grants and funds.
  • Completion of the four main ACUE courses results in a nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by ACE.

Upcoming Courses

Fall 2024

Promoting Active Learning (Sept 9 – Nov 3, 2024)

Fostering a Culture of Belonging (Sept 9 – Nov 10, 2024) – **Additional non-certification course open to faculty and staff**

Spring 2025

Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners (Feb 3 – March 30, 2025)

Fall 2025

Creating an Inclusive and Support Learning Environment (Sept 8 – Nov 9, 2025)

Spring 2026

Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses (Feb 2 – March 29, 2026)

"You Make the Difference" - ACUE

MSU Denver began partnering with ACUE in 2019 and we have offered 7 year-long faculty learning cohorts. Over 120 faculty have become fully certified in the Effective Teaching Practices program, including special interest areas such as:

  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Effective Online Teaching Practices
  • Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep
  • Effective Online Teaching Practices + Antiracism

What past MSU Denver participants said about this course: 

  • “This course has enabled me to gain confidence in areas I’ve struggled with, confirm areas of strength and fine-tune several areas of my courses, ultimately enabling me and my students to be more successful in the classroom.” 
  • “I love all the information and practical applications of this ACUE course. I feel energized to integrate so many aspects.” 
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed this program — I have learned so much that I will be continuing to implement in my ensuing courses. … It helped me feel confident about what I have done for the past five years — but also I have so many new ideas and ways to build on my foundation as a strong instructor. This was immensely valuable!” 
  • “I am incredibly grateful for for the opportunity to take this course. It has helped me do a much better job, especially in this virtual environment. I’m teaching this semester and it is going so much better than in prior years.” – Jennifer Walker

Effective Teaching Practices

ACUE's Effective Practice Framework

ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework centers research-based instructional skills and knowledge that every college educator should possess, regardless of discipline or type of institution.

The core of every ACUE course is the already extensive Effective Teaching Practices Framework program.  This program addresses the essential pedagogical skills and knowledge in five units of study, including examples and methods for both in-person and online courses:

ACUE Graduates

Over 120 MSU Denver faculty have received the nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction!

MSU Denver ACUE Graduates - College of Business

These faculty members have all earned ACUE's Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education.

Biff Baker

Biff Baker

Department of Management

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Sheri Betzer

Sheri Betzer

Department of Accounting

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Jenny Chen

Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Biswadip Ghosh

Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Laurel Lane

Laurel Lane

Department of Marketing

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021 & Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Adam Melnick

Department of Management

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Becky Prater

Becky Prater

Department of Management

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practice 2020

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Salina Siddique

Salina Siddique

Department of Accounting

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Yaw Tyng Sheu

Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practice 2021

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Kevin Heupel

Department of Management

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Laurel Lane

Laurel Lane

Jacyn Meyer

Jacyn Meyer

Department of Management

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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MSU Denver ACUE Graduates - College of Health and Applied Science

Kristen Atkinson, MSW, Ph.D.

Kristen Atkinson

Department of Social Work

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Michelle Chase Baum

Michelle Baum

Department of Journalism and Media Production

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Darcy Beery

Department of Journalism and media Production

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Erin Boyce, MSW, Ph.D.

Erin Boyce

Department of Social Work

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Chris Brown

Department of Human Performance and Sport

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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TJ De Cino

Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Cynthia Erickson

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Deborah Finken

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practice 2021

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Chris Garris

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Lisa Hagan

Lisa Hagan

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practice 2021

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Laurel Hyslop

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Cindy Krentz

Department of Nursing

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Steve Krizman

Steve Krizman

Department of Journalism and Media Production

Couse Completed: Effective Teaching Practice 2021

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Linda Lockwood

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Erin Murray

Department of Nutrition

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Odon Musimbi

Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Course Completed: Effective teaching Practices 2020

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Hyon Namgung

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Rowena Natalie De Sole

Department of Social Work

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Lisa Ortiz

Department of Journalism and Media Production

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Paris Prestridge

Department of Health Professions

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Julio Proano

Julio Proano

Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Ranjidha Rajan

Department of Computer Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices & Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Diane Ream, nursing faculty

Diane Ream

Department of Nursing

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Michael Rhoads

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Adjoa Robinson, MSW, Ph.D.

Adjoa Robinson

Department of Social Work

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Dea Robinson

Department of Health Professions

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Professor Alfredo Sanchez

Alfredo Sanchez

Department of Journalism and Media Production

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Erin Seedorf

Erin Seedorf

Department of Health Professions

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Andrew Traver

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Pracitces 2020

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Jessica Yang

Department of Social Work

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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MHA Professor

Xiaohui You

Department of Health Professions

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Carolyn McGary

Department of Engineering Technology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practice + Career Prep 2022

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Ray Phillips

Department of Aerospace Science

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Professor Josh Prok

Joshua Prok

Department of Health Professions

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Yaw Tyng Sheu

Department fo Computer Information Systems

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Brenda Wagner

Department of Social Work

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Tia Whitaker

Department of Social Work

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Mark Yoss, Director

Mark Yoss

Department of Aerospace Science

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Xiaohui You

Department of Health Care Management

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Jenn Walker

Department of Human Services Profession

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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Katrina McLaughlin

Department of Electrical Engineering Technology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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Laura Malpass

Department of Human Performance & Sports

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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Katrina Chaffin

Department of Health Professions

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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MSU Denver ACUE Graduates - College of Letters, Art and Sciences

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Margarita Barcelo

Department of English

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Rebecca Bryan, M.S.

Rebecca Bryan

Department of Biology

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Maria Cattell, Ph.D.

Maria Cattell

Department of Biology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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James Drake

James Drake

Department of History

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Liz Goodnick

Department of Philosophy

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Mark Koester

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Laylonda Maines

Department of Biology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Leslie Merill

Leslie Merrill

Department of Theatre and Dance

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Sean Morris

Department of Philosophy

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Brian O'Hara, PhD

Brian O'Hara

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Nicole Predki

Nicole Predki

Department of Theatre and Dance

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Maria Rey-Lopez

Department of Modern Languages

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Elizabeth Ribble

Elizabeth Ribble

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practice 2021

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Cheryl Sanders

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Rich Sandoval, PhD

Rich Sandoval

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Arlene Sgoutas

Department of Gender, Women, Sexualities Studies

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Shalini Srinivasan, Ph.D.

Shalini Srinivasan

Department o fChemistry and Biochemistry

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Judith Strathearn

Department of Africana Studies

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Andrew Thangasamy

Department of Political Science

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices & Effective Online Teaching Practices 2020

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Amanda Wahlstrom

Department of Philosophy

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Devon Wright

Department of Africana Studies

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Michelle Dally

Department of Speech Communications

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Jeff Hammond

Department of Journalism

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Scott Landolt, Ph.D.

Scott Landolt

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Science

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practice + Career Prep 2022

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Nancy Meyer

Department of Speech Communication

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practice + Career Prep 2022

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Keri Olson

Department of Speech Communication

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career prep 2022

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A. Palmer

Alycia Palmer

Department of Chemistry

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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David Piacenti, PhD

David Piacenti

Department of Sociology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practice + Career Prep 2022

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Courtney Rocheleau

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Parker Wilson

Department of AVP and I&LL

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Michele Clark

Jessica Weiss

Department of Art

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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Chalane Lechuga

Chalane Lechuga

Department of Chicana/o Studies

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practice + Antiracism 2022

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Dr. Mo Flynn

Maureen ( Mo) Flynn

Department of Psychological Sciences

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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Dane Borman, DC

Dane Borrman

Department of Biology

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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MSU Denver ACUE Graduates - School of Education

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Dorothy Shapland

Department of Early Childhood Education

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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MSU Denver ACUE Graduates - School of Hospitality

Lincoln Davie

Lincoln Davie

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Eunjoo (EJ) Kang, Ph.D., CMP

Eunjoo (EJ) Kang

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Professor Scott Kerkmans

Scott Kerkmans

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2020

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Jackson Lamb

Jackson Lamb

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Andrea Peterson

Andrea Peterson

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching pRactices 2021

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Jason Rice

Jason Rice

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Online Teaching Practices 2021

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Helle Sorensen

Helle Sorensen

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Watson

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices 2021

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Inna Soifer

Inna Soifer

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Career Prep 2022

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Smita Singh

Smita Sing

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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Eric Olson

Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events

Course Completed: Effective Teaching Practices + Antiracism 2022

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