The Center for Teaching Excellence serves the New Mexico Highlands University community by providing programming, resources and support for quality teaching and advising, and for the assessment of effective student learning.


The center works in collaboration with existing professional development opportunities such as ARMAS and the Learning Communities to maximize resources and expand reach to more faculty. The primary goal is to help teachers help students be more successful. Teachers receiving training include faculty, adjuncts, GTAs and staff who teach.

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Marrs assumed her responsibilities as the Center for Teaching Excellence director at the beginning of fall semester.

She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas and has taught in higher education for 16 years. Most recently, she held positions as the director of academic program development and the associate director of instructional development at the University of Kansas – Edwards.

Marrs also holds master’s degrees in information systems and teaching English as a second language.