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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.


 Upcoming Events


 Mentoring Lunch, Sept. 13

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)

 Third Thursdays New Faculty Social, Thurs., Sept. 21

Thursday, Sept. 21
4:00-6:00 pm
Third Thursdays are designed to help new faculty learn more about the university and build professional networks.  

Featured guests for September include: Writing Center, University Communications, CU Online


 Books@Work: "Open," Mondays, Oct. 2 & 23

Mondays, October 2 & 23

12:30-2:00 pm

CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

TProduct Detailshis book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open education, open science, and open access movement.​ Note that this e-book is available for free download at:​

Facilitator: Remi Kalir, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development


 Facilitated Discussion of 20-Minute Mentor Video, Wed. Oct. 4

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
LSC, Room 320

Please join us in person or via Zoom for a lunch time discussion of the 20-Minute Mentor video "How to Create Transformative Learning Experiences for Students by Managing Hot Moments and Difficult Discussions in the Classroom"  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, Thurs., Oct. 5

Thursday, October 5
3:30-4:30 pm
Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320
Zoom Meeting Link:​​​​

Topic: Group and team-based learning

There is ample evidence indicating that collaborative learning is a powerful instructional strategy. However, it can often be challenging to implement group work effectively. In this Thursday Thread, we will discuss different types of group work and team-based learning strategies used for a variety of different instructional reasons in both on-campus and online courses, with greater and lesser assessment stakes and outcomes.

Thursday Threads are facilitated by: Joni Dunlap, Associate Professor, Faculty Fellow

Register Here​

 Books@Work: Teaching & Learning STEM, Tues., Oct. 10 & 24

Tuesdays, October 10 & 24
3:30-5:00 pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

Teaching and Learning STEM presents a trove of practical research-based strategies for designing and teaching courses and assessing students' learning. The book draws on the authors' extensive backgrounds and decades of experience in STEM education and faculty development. Its engaging and well-illustrated descriptions will equip you to implement the strategies in your courses and to deal effectively with problems (including student resistance) that might occur in the implementation.

Facilitator: Bud Talbot, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development


 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.


 Lunch & Learn: Thinking Disabilty: Inclusive College Teaching, Thurs. Oct. 12

Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:00pm  - 1:30pm
Location LSC, CU Online Training Room 1300D

This workshop offers tangible teaching styles and strategies to create and revitalize inclusive learning environments for disabled college students and all students. This workshop provides strategies to put to work right away, including rethinking your disability/access statement on your syllabus and first-day-of-class ideas, as well as longer-term strategies, such as revising assignments and considering how instructor learning preferences shape our classrooms. The workshop is intended for all faculty and is not focused on disability studies curricula. Faculty are invited to bring an assignment sheet for a project or essay for one of their courses.

 Facilitator: Amy Vidali, Associate Professor, English​






Other PD Events

Creative Research Collaborative (CRC) Talks​

September 20

 Savvy Researcher Workshops, Auraria Library

Data Management

October 3 (online)

October 30

Data Visualization

October 16

November 1


October 12

October 24

November 6 (online)

Publish Your Research

October 26

More Savvy Researcher Workshops Here!​​

Contact Us


Lawrence Street Center
Suite 320
1380 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80204



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