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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)

 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, Thurs., Nov. 2

Thursday, Nov. 2
3:30-4:30 pm
Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320
Zoom Meeting Link:​​​​

Topic: Pecha kucha and other structured presentation formsts

A pecha kucha is a timed presentation format that allows the presenter to share 20 slides/images, with each slide/image being on the screen for 20 seconds each, leading to presentations that are only 6 minutes and 40 seconds long.  Although not an appropriate format for all presentation situations, pecha kucha is a way to pice up presentations. When done well, this format stimulates creativity, enthusiasm, high-energy, and engagement. During this Thursday Thread, we will explore the pecha kucha format for in-person and online presentations, describe similar formats (e.g. Ignite and Lightning Talks), and provide a set of guidelines for making the most of the pecha kucha format.

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

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 Books@Work: Teaching Naked, Nov. 8 & 29

Wednesdays, November 8 & 29

3:30 - 5:00 pm

CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

Jose' Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing educations and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums offor campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty.  In this book he he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful face-to-face interaction with faculty and their peers.

Facilitator: Miranda Egger, Instructor, English


 Books@Work: Bandwidth Recovery, November 7 & 28

Tuesdays, November 7 & 28
12:30-2:00 pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

This book argues that the cognitive resources for learning of over half our young people have been diminished by the negative effects of economic insecurity, discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, this book offers a set of strategies and interventions to rebuild the available cognitive resources necessary to succeed in college and reach their full potential.

Facilitator: Margaret Wood, Director Center for Faculty Development


 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. 


 Lunch & Learn: Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion, Thurs. Nov. 9

Thursday, November 9
12:00pm  - 1:30pm
Location: Business School, Room 3600

This workshop will provide faculty with an overview of the reappointment, promotion, and tenure process and offer strategies for a successful journey toward promotion and tneure.

 Facilitators: Bob Damrauer, AVC Research​, Laura Goodwin, AVC Faculty Affairs




Contact Us


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



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