National Effective Teaching Institutes

NETI-1A (Basic NETI) January 3 - 5, 2015
Intercontinental Hotel, Austin, TX

NETI-1B (Basic NETI)  June 11 - 13, 2015
Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, WA


The basic National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI-1) is a three-day workshop given twice a year. It is intended to give the participants information and some hands-on practice in the elements of effective teaching—course planning, lecturing, active learning, assessment of learning, and dealing with a variety of problems that commonly arise in the life of a faculty member. The workshop is also intended to provide new faculty with tips on getting their careers off to a good start and experienced faculty with instructional materials and methods that they can use in faculty development and new faculty mentoring programs on their own campuses.  Experienced faculty who are nominated should therefore be among the better teachers on their campuses, as opposed to teachers having problems and seeking assistance. In a major survey of NETI-1 alumni, a significant number of past participants reported that the workshop had a positive effect on both their students' learning and their student evaluations.

Every January (for NETI-1A) and May (for NETI-1B), engineering deans are invited to nominate up to two faculty members from their campuses. Nominees should have at least one semester of teaching experience prior to attending. Nominations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis up to a maximum of 50. The deans are expected to pay their nominees' expenses, which include travel, subsistence, and the $1,150 NETI-1 registration fee. Click to see a NETI-1 outline.

NETI-1 has been given every year since 1991, reaching 1312 participants from 244 different schools.

At NETI-1A and NETI-1B, Rebecca, Rich, and Mike are joined by an invited “NETI Fellow” selected from among the nation's rising leaders in engineering education. The 2014-2015 Fellow is Milo Koretsky of Oregon State University. View a list of all NETI Fellows since 2002.


The advanced National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI-2) is a two-day workshop given once every two years. It is designed to add to the pedagogical expertise of engineering instructors who are knowledgeable about the subjects covered in NETI-1. Two instructional approaches will provide the foundation for the workshop content: cooperative learning and inductive teaching and learning (inquiry-based and problem-based learning). Topics covered for each technique will include definitions, learning benefits and the research base that demonstrates them, implementation suggestions, problems that may arise in implementation and how to avoid them, and how the methods can be used to address ABET Outcomes 3a–3k and promote development of conceptual understanding and high-level thinking and problem-solving skills. In February of a year in which NETI-2 will be given, nominations from deans and self-nominations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis, and will be closed at 50 enrollees. The registration fee is $950.

Click to view and download a NETI-2 outline.

The first NETI-2 was given in Seattle in October 2012 to 48 participants from 38 different schools. The next NETI-2 will be in 2016.

Both workshops are highly interactive and provide frequent opportunities for participants to plan applications of workshop content to courses they teach. The workshops are sponsored by the Chemical Engineering and Educational Research and Methods Divisions of the American Society for Engineering Education and funded by participants' registration fees. All NETI offerings are codirected by Rebecca Brent (President, Education Designs, Inc., Cary, NC), Richard Felder (Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University), and Michael Prince (Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University). For more information about the NETIs, click here

Please contact the conferences department to request a Nomination Form and/or if you have any questions.