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.
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, 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!
CFD Writing Renewal Retreat
Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 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 Frasier, 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.
Thursday, August 31
Third Thursdays are designed to help new faculty learn more about the university and build professional networks. Join us at Illegal Petes, 1530 16th St.
Featured guests for August include: Center for Faculty Development and Office of Research Development and Education who will be available to tell you about opportunities to obtain grants for research and teaching.
Please join us in person or via Zoom for a lunch time discussion of the 20-Minute Mentor video "How do I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning." 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.
Facilitator: Donna Sobel, Assistant Director, CFD
Wednesdays, September 6 & 20, 3:30-5:00pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)
What is preventing your students from performing according to expectations? Saundra McGuire offers a simple but profound answer: If you teach students how to learn and give them simple, straightforward strategies to use, they can significantly increase their learning and performance. This book is written primarily for faculty but will be equally useful for TAs, tutors, and learning center professionals. For readers with no background in education or cognitive psychology, the book avoids jargon and esoteric theory.
Facilitator: Joan Bihun, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology
Thursday, September 7
Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320
Zoom Meeting Link: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/my/ucdcfd
TOPIC: Informal writing assignments for learning
Informal, exploratory writing enhances students’ cognitive processing and overall learning. However, students do not typically see the value of this type of writing and are not often given the opportunity to do it. Consequently students do not get enough practice at the type of thinking and learning that such writing stimulates. During this Thursday Thread we will explore various informal writing assignments for learning.
Thursday Threads are facilitated by: Joni Dunlap, Associate Professor, Faculty Fellow
Tuesdays, September 12 & 26, 12:30-2:00pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)
For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors
Facilitator: Donna Sobel, Emeritus-Associate Professor, School of Education and Development
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)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location LSC, CU Online Training Room 1300D
This lunch and learn will help participants create a foundation of knowledge for individual student reflective interactive learning in their own classes. Integrating metacognition and reflective tools and techniques into the curriculum can create valuable teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom. When students gain a habit of continuously considering and assessing problems and thereby master the skill of reflective attention, they in essence own their learning. Short exercises with a focus on reflective cross-disciplinary and interactive learning will be shared during this lunch and learn.
Facilitator-Leila Tolderlund, Assistant Professor, CCT Architecture and Planning
Friday, September 15 & 22, 9:00am-1:30pm
Location:CU Building, room 1100
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course
that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental
health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand
and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
This training will take place on two subsequent Fridays. Participants should attend both sessions. You only need to register once. Friday, September 15 & 22 from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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.
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017
Pine Marten Lodge, Fraser, CO