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Center for Faculty Development

Center for Faculty Development at the University of Colorado Denver supports faculty in their roles as teachers and in their professional lives as academics.  We provide opportunities for ongoing, intentional renewal of teaching practice and support faculty as they work to build successful academic careers.

Please explore our website, check our program descriptions, schedules, and join us for one of the events or activities we have planned for this academic year.  We would love to see you there! 

Zoom Meeting Link
You can join most of our programs remotely by using our standing Zoom Meeting Link.

ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practice
During the 2018-2019 academic year selected faculty members will participate in the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Course in Effective Teaching Practice, an online course that prepares college instructors to use research-based techniques that help students succeed.  

Faculty commitment:
  • Complete a total of 25 modules over the course of an academic year (Summer 2018-Spring 2019)
  • Attend a three-hour Course Launch
  • July-August, 2018: Complete nine modules and attend two FLC meetings
  • Fall 2018: Complete eight modules and attend three FLC meetings
  • Spring 2019: Complete eight modules and attend three FLC meetings 
Note: each module takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Faculty work together as they complete the course. The course is purposefully sequenced and interaction with other course takers is key to learning.  This is NOT a self-paced course.

  • Faculty receive enrollment in the ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practices for free (value of $1,500, paid by the CFD)
  • Faculty receive $250 PD stipend (distributed to PD account December 2018)
  • Faculty earn a nationally recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction
  • Research on ACUE participants indicate that faculty experience:
    • increase in student retention
    • increase in student engagement
    • increase in student satisfaction
    • feeling more confident about their teaching
    • higher course GPAs for students
    • Lower DFW rates for students

Faculty Team Option:

  • Groups of faculty who teach multi-sectioned courses are encouraged to apply to participate as a team.  For example, a team could include 3-4 faculty members who teach General Biology 1 (BIOL 2051) on a regular basis.

  • We are especially interested in attracting teams of faculty who teach lower-division (1000 or 2000 level) high-enrollment (>50 students per section), multi-section courses, but we will consider other teams as well.

  • Faculty teams will complete the ACUE course, and will be provided with added support in the summer of 2019 to work on redesigning the course that they teach in common.

  • Faculty teams will receive $1,000 per person in PD funds for their coordinated redesign work.


APPLY HERE (Deadline, Friday, April 13)


 Upcoming Events


 Mentoring Lunch, Wednesday, December 6

Our Faculty Mentoring Lunches are designed to give you an open opportunity to meet with your mentor/mentee or just socialize. There is no formal program.  CFD provides lunch.

12:00 - 1:30 pm
1401 Student Commons Building (Boettcher Room)

 Faculty Writing Renewal Retreat, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Do you need to jump-start a writing project? Seeking to renew your writing practice? Join us for a three-day writing retreat with a community of faculty writers at the Pine Marten Lodge in beautiful Fraser, Colorado.  Reconnect with scholarly and creative passions as participants spend time advancing a writing project, engaging in optional writing consultations, and forming community as faculty writers.  Facilitation, meals, and housing will be provided courtesy of the Center for Faculty Development.  


Date: Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017

Location: Pine Marten Lodge, Fraser, CO

Writing Renewal Retreat Application​ (Due Friday, September 8, 5:00 pm)

 Spotlight on Excellence, ThinqStudio, Wed., October 25

Wednesday, October 25
noon - 1:30 pm
Discovery Wall, Auraria Library

The CFD Spotlight on Excellence on Wednesday, October 25th will feature the work of five faculty associated with ThinqStudio, CU Denver's new digital pedagogy initiative. Among various professional learning efforts, ThinqStudio has established a fellowship program wherein select faculty will open and grow campus dialogues about their explorations with digital pedagogy and transformative teaching. During the Spotlight on Excellence, ThinqStudio Faculty Fellows Kate Goodman (Inworks), Amy Hassinoff (CLAS), Julia Kantor (SEHD), Scott McLeod (SEHD), and John Tinnell (CLAS) will share updates from their current projects. Topics will include hacking assessment, innovative course and technology design, and teaching for social justice. Learn more about ThinqStudio, and the Faculty Fellows, at, and take a deep dive into digital pedagogy at the Spotlight on Excellence on 10/25.


 Facilitated Discussion of 20-Minute Mentor Video, Wed. Nov. 1

Wednesday, Nov. 1
LSC, Room 320

Please join us in person or via Zoom for a lunch time discussion of the 20-Minute Mentor video "What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory"  Please go to our 20-Minute Mentors page on the CFD web site, watch the video and be ready to dive deeper into this topic.  PLEASE NOTE: this video is 50 minutes long.

Facilitator: Donna Sobel, Assistant Director, CFD


 Thursday Threads: Storytelling and Teaching, Thurs., Mar. 1

Thursday, March 1
3​:30-4:30 pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center​)

The March Thursday Thread topic is "Storytelling and Teaching".
Register Here​​​

 Books@Work: Design for How People Learn, Mon., Mar. 5 & 26

Mondays, March 5 & 26

12:30 - 2:00 pm

CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

In Design For How People Learn, you'll discover 

how to use the key principles behind learning, memory, and attention to create materials that enable your audience to both gain and retain the knowledge and skills you're sharing. 

Facilitator: Margaret Wood, Director, Center for Faculty Development


 Books@Work: Faculty and First-Generation College Students, Tues., Mar. 6 & 13

Tuesdays, March 6 & 13
3:30 - 5:00 pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

​Gain a greater understanding of the academic, cultural, and socialexperiences of first-generation college students (FGS). Fascinating, heart-touching, and important, the research and the stories presented here enlighten what FGS often have to overcome to successfully complete their degrees. With an emphasis on improving FGS' college success, retention, and graduation rates, this volume first covers common obstacles and the trend of FGS continuing on for graduate degrees. Section Two discusses the complex interplay of social, academic, emotional, and financial influences on academic performance. The chapters collectively affirm that the commitment of university resources is critical to college success.

Facilitator: Kelly Hupfeld, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs​


 Third Thursdays New Faculty Social, Thurs. Nov. 16

Thursday, November 16
3:00-5:00 pm
Tivoli Brewery
Third Thursdays are designed to help new faculty learn more about the university and build professional networks. 


 CANCELLED - Lunch & Learn: Learning How to Support First Generation College Students, Thurs., Mar. 8

This Lunch & Learn is cancelled.




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Suite 320
1380 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80204



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