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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.

Announcing our new Spring Semester Community of Practice (CoP): 
Teaching LARGE Online Classes

Teaching LARGE online classes can be a challenge! Join this small cross-disciplinary group of faculty who will explore, discuss, attempt, and asses new (to them) methods and approaches to enhance their teaching in LARGE online classes. This CoP meets select Friday mornings during the Spring Semester. Breakfast provided!

Learn More about CoP: Teaching LARGE Online Classes​

 Upcoming Events


 Books@Work: Creating Wicked Students, Oct. 10 & 24

Wednesdays, October 10 & 24

12:30 - 2:00 pm

CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

This is a course design book centered on the idea that the goal in the college classroom - in all classrooms, all the time - is to develop students who are not just loaded with content, but capable of using that content in thoughtful, deliberate ways to make the world a better place. Achieving this goal requires a top-to-bottom reconsideration of courses, including student learning goals, text selection and course structure,Book Image.jpg
day-to-day pedagogies, and assignment and project design. Creating Wicked Students takes readers through each step of the process, providing multiple examples at each stage, while always encouraging instructors to consider concepts and exercises in light of their own courses and students.



 Community of Practice: Ratcheting Up Research - Begins Friday, Sept. 14


This CoP will work together to try to optimize the relationship between research and teaching to improve both student learning outcomes and faculty research productivity.  We will share simple strategies about incorporating research and creative activities into your current coures.  We will explore the evidence bases and feasibility of some of these strategies and support one another in our goals to implement these strategies in our classrooms.

This CoP will meet in the CFD Conference Room (Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320) on Fridays, 11:30 - 1:00 pm on the following dates:

Fall: Sept 14, Oct 26, Nov 30

Spring: Feb 22, Mar 15, Apr 26

Lunch included!!

Facilitated by: Lindsey Hamilton, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychology, CFD Faculty Fellow and Shea Swauger, Department Head, Research Support Services, Auraria Library


 Lunch & Learn: Teaching Technology to Boost Student Engagement (Refresh, Renew, Revive Your Class) - Nov. 13

​​​​Tuesday, November 13, 2018

12:30pm  - 1:45pm

Location LSC, CU Online Training Room 1300D

Technology offers us the opportunity to infuse our courses with information, interaction, and innovation.  This workshop will focus on two FREE technology resources to increase student engagement in your courses. Whether you teach online or face-to-face, you will leave this session with strategies you can implement immediately in your courses. We will use Canva to create visually appealing course content and graphic sullabi. We will use FlipGrid to facilitate face-to-face student connection and build a community of learners, even in on-line courses! Bring your laptops and smartphones.

Facilitator: Lindsey Hamilton, Assistant Research Professor, Psychology


 Community of Practice: Diving Deeper into Diversity - Begins Friday, Sept. 28

Teaching about diversity can be challenging, particularly topics like identity, privilege, gender, sexuality, race and class. This community of practice will share ideas, resources, activities and assignments that will help faculty to think and teach about concepts of diversity in various disciplines and contexts. This group meets on Fridays, 11-12:30 pm on:

Fall: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 2 

Spring:Feb. 8, Feb. 22, Mar. 15

Note: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, & Feb. 8 will be in the CFD Conference Room (LSC 320)

Feb. 22 & Mar. 15 will be in the ORDE Conference Room (LSC 300)

Facilitated by: Candan Duran-Aydintug, Associate Professor of Sociology, CFD Faculty Fellow and John Ronquillo, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs


 ACUE Course Faculty Learning Community, Tues. Aug. 7

​Transparent Grading Practices
Tuesday, August 7
9:00-10:30 am
Tivoli, Room 444

 Mentoring Lunch, Wednesday, Sept. 12

​​​​​​​​​​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)


 Community of Practice: Engaging with Denver - Begins Friday, Sept. 21

Teaching through community engagement is a powerful experience for students and faculty alike.  This Community of Practice will collectively think through easy and practical ways of bringing community engagement into teaching.

This CoP meets in the CFD Conference Room, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320 on Fridays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm on the following dates:

Fall: Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 9

Spring: Feb. 15, Mar. 8, Apr. 5

Lunch included!!!

Facilitated by: Stacey Bosick, Associate Professor of Sociology, CFD Faculty Fellow & Teague Bohlen, Associate Professor of English


 Lunch & Learn: Education Through Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (EUReCA!) A Panel Discussion - Nov. 27

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
12:30 - 1:45 pm
LSC, CU Online Training Room 1300D

At CU Denver, we are dedicated to Education through Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (EUReCA!).  This panel discussion will showcase the experiences of faculty who have mentored undergraduates participating in one of the three EUReCA! Programs piloted in 2018 including: EUReCA Work-Study program, EUReCA Scholars Fellowships, and the new Entering Research Internship course.

Facilitator: Leo Bruederle, Professor Emeritus, Integrative Biology


 Thursday Threads: Strategies for starting to flip your courses, Thurs. Apr. 5

Thursday, April 5
3​:30-4:30 pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center​)

The April Thursday Thread topic is "Strategies for Starting to Flip Your Courses".
Register Here​​​

 New Faculty Orientation, Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 13-14

This two-day event offers tips on navigating the University system, advice on tapping resources to support teaching and research, key introductions to University contacts, information on tenure and promotion, and non-tenure track faculty support.

Monday, Aug. 13 and Tues., Aug. 14
8:15 am - 4:00 pm


 Community of Practice: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning - Begins Friday, Sept. 28

The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is an approach to teaching, learning, that aims to improve instruction through active inquiry and investigation. If you are interested in developing an action research project on your teaching and classroom, this CoP is for you. We will support each other in the development, design, and implementation of personalized projects that strive to answer questions about what is contributing to student learning in our classrooms. Our goals is for faculty to better understand their teaching. Our vision is that the work faculty do in this CoP could result in a conference presentation or publication.  

This CoP meets on Fridays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Fall: Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30

Spring:  Feb. 8, Mar. 1, Apr. 5 

Note: This CoP has two meeting rooms. 

Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Feb. 8, & Apr. 5 are in the ORDE Conference Room (LSC 300)

Mar. 1 is in the CFD Conference Room (LSC 320)

Lunch included!!!

Facilitated by: Donna Sobel, Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Development and Jane Hansberry, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs


 ACUE Course Faculty Learning Community Schedule

This is the course schedule for the Fall, Winter, and Spring ACUE Faculty Learning Community meetings.

All meetings take place on Tuesdays in Tivoli Room #444.

September 25, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
October 23, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
November 27, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
January 22, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
February 26, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
March 19, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
April 23, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.


 Community of Practice: Leveraging Learning Assistants - Begins Friday, Sept. 28

This Community of Practice is for faculty who currently use Learning Assistants or faculty who are interested in knowing more about Learning Assistants and other peer led active learning strategies. Over the six sessions faculty in the CoP will share experiences, ideas, and best-practices about incorporating and supporting LAs in their classes. Faculty will create practical resources that they can use in their LA supported classes. These resources might include an active learning lesson with an LA facilitation guide, an LA expectation document, or other products of interest to the group. ​

This CoP will meet in the CFD conference room on Fridays at 9:30-11:00 am on the following dates:

Sept. 28
October 26
November 30
February 8
March 1
April 5

Facilitated by: Leanne Doughty, SEHD




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