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Vivian George, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas

Upcoming Events and News​

Our featured artist, Vivian George, Senior Instructor in the Painting/Drawing Program, College of Arts & Media. George’s colorful abstract oil paintings begin with a few loosely placed brushstrokes on a ground of color, setting off a sweep of movement and rhythm. George states: “The thrust of the stroke and the selection of color can seem random to me yet are most likely determined by a host of extrinsic and internal factors – past experience, current mood, heaviness and adventure.”  Her drawings come from her interest in creating a deep field of vision in a small space.  They too capture the flux of energy in nature.
Vivian George received her MFA in painting from Yale University. Her paintings are in the collections of Yale University, American Reinsurance, Rutgers University, Denver University, and Artists Union Moscow.

CFD- Faculty Grant Opportunity!

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for the 2016/2017 Faculty Development Grant competition.  We are seeking proposals for projects that seek to develop innovations in teaching and enhance scholarly/creative productivity. We are particularly interested in funding projects that:

 •    develop modes of teaching that are learner-centered; or

 •    integrate scholarly/creative activities with teaching/learning in higher education; or

 •    promote diversity and inclusive practices in the classroom; or

 •    enhance the use of high impact practices; or

 •    seek to develop digital pedagogies; or

 •    undertake scholarly activity focused on teaching and learning in higher education; or

 •    seek to develop innovative course-based or program level assessment.

Projects will be awarded at either the $5,000 level or $2,000 level and must be carried out between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. A copy of the grant criteria and proposal form is attached Grant Proposal.doc  Proposals are due in the CFD Office (Suite 320, Lawrence Street Center or at noon on February 29.

Lunch & Learn Series

The CFD is pleased to sponsor the 2015-2016 Lunch & Learn series that provides faculty the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues across campus and learn about resources to support and enhance teaching, research funding, and creative activities while enjoying lunch. Upcoming topics include:

  ​RTP Information Session for Tenure- Track Faculty

  Faculty Development Grant Awardee Panel​

  Presentation Design: Strategies That Make a Difference

​   Register at ​

Teaching Online in Condensed Formats

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) will sponsor a workshop to assist faculty members who are planning to teach a new online course or an existing online course for the first time in Maymester or in the Summer 2016 semester.  The “Teaching Online in Condensed Formats” workshop will demonstrate complimentary (face-to-face and online) illustrations of best practices for designing or restructuring a traditional semester-long course without compromising requirements, rigor, or curriculum standards. 

The “Teaching Online in Condensed Formats” workshop includes two sessions. Attendance at sessions 1 and 2 is mandatory in order to be eligible for a professional development stipend, however all sessions are open to individuals just seeking that content. Note, session #2 is offered twice, participants should choose the one meeting date (option A or B) that works best for them.​

Please see attachment for more details and the registration link ​Teaching Online in Condensed Formats (SU 16).docx

High-Impact Practices (HIP) Learning Communities Rock!

As the semester gets rolling, over 65 faculty, staff, and students across our campus will be working to integrate High Impact Practices into courses and programs across the campus.  Faculty, staff, and students from Anthropology to Art History and Business to Philosophy will be meeting regularly as Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to learn about and discuss specific High Impact Practices including: Writing-Intensive Course, Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, Capstone Courses & Projects, Service Learning, and Diversity & Global Learning. Their ultimate goal is to build an understanding of these effective educational practices and build them into their own courses and curriculum.  We can’t wait to see what they come up with!  Stay tuned.


Save the Date and Plan to Get Your Students Involved!


inalizing your syllabus?  Consider incorporating RaCAS, our student Research and Creative Activities Symposium into your courses. RaCAS 2016 is being designed to showcase the independent research, creative and other scholarly activities conducted by undergraduate and graduate students at CU Denver and CU AMC.    However, if students are conducting substantive research, creative, or other scholarly activities as part of your class, encourage them to present their work at RaCAS, as well.  Any of a variety of formats is being accepted including posters, exhibits, streaming media, oral presentations, performances, and panel discussions.   Alternatively, consider assigning your students to attend presentation sessions and write reflections based on their observations.  Or simply encourage your students to attend by promoting RaCAS through Canvas. A detailed schedule for RaCAS will be available after 1 April.  In the meantime, a tentative schedule and more information about RaCAS are available aat  And feel free to contact Leo Bruederle with questions at

 The President's Teaching & Learning Collaborative

CU System's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative
Call for 2016-2017 Research Proposals

The President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (PTLC) is publishing a call for proposed projects that will deepen student learning in higher education. Faculty from all colleges, schools, disciplines, and professional programs are eligible to apply.  This Call includes participation for a maximum of two years. Successful proposals will receive stipends of $1550. ​Please see attached document PTLC Call for Proposals

​​CU Online

Are you new to teaching online or using Canvas? CU Online will be offering in person trainings on Canvas in the next few weeks at both the downtown campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus. Canvas Basics will help you learn the essential functions of Canvas and teach you how to organize and build your online course. We will also be offering Canvas Basics webinars specifically for students. These webinars will cover log-in basics, collaboration tools, and communication options through Canvas. These webinars are great for new students that are taking their first online course.

Check out the dates below and sign up today!

Canvas Basics Training

January 27: 11:30-1:00PM at AMC (Lunch provided)

Canvas Basics for Students (Webinars)

January 22: 12:00-12:30PM

January 22: 4:00-4:30PM

January 29: 9:00-9:30AM

January 29: 12:00-12:30PM

Register here:

Call for Presenters, Reviewers, or Attendees of the Higher Education Diversity Summit!

Sponsored by CU Denver, MSU Denver, and CCD, the Higher Education Diversity Summit is a day and a half conference on the Auraria Campus, April 14 and 15, 2016. Promoting diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education and the community, the Summit draws approximately 700 participants, expert speakers, and practitioners. It delivers a series of workshops, discussion forums, and generates opportunities for networking and debate designed to increase the understanding of and appreciation for multiple worldviews.

To learn more about the Summit, please visit the website at or see the attached handout. HEDS_2016.pdf

High Impact STEM Education Conference in Denver

Faculty working in the STEM disciplines may be interested in attending the High Impact STEM Education Conference, June 9-10, 2016  hosted by the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at the University of Denver, SPENCER and Campus Comact.  The conference focuses on advancing STEM education through high-impact practices (eg.g. undergraduate research and community engagement) connected to compelling civic issue.  In addition the conference will explore indigenous science and ways of knowing through all of the tracks.  They welcome faculty from across the disciplines to engage in discussions throughout the conference on the intersections of undergraduate research, STEM-focused community engagement, sustainability across the disciplines, and STEM partnerships in the liberal arts.

Track 1 - Undergraduate Research through the STEM Curriculum

Organizers: Dick Sheardy & Cynthia Maguire, Texas Woman’s University; Steve Bachofer, St. Mary’s College of California

Track 2 - Models for STEM-focused Community Engagement

Organizers: Stephanie Schooley, Campus Compact of the Mountain West; Bob Franco, Kapiolani Community College; Ulla Hasager, University Hawaii Manoa



ganizers: Amy Shachter, Santa Clara University; Cath Kleier, Regis University

Track 4 - Strengthening the Liberal Arts: Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM in Partnership

Organizers: Eliza Reilly, the SENCER National Center; Stephen Carroll, Santa Clara University

 Faculty Writing Assistance

The Writing Center is now offering specialized assistance to CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus faculty through our Online Drop Box. This service is designed to assist faculty with integrating writing across the curriculum, developing and scaffolding writing assignments, grading student writing, and effectively commenting on student work. Faculty members can submit assignment prompts, rubrics, and course materials to our Faculty Online Drop Box for feedback.​

Online Tutorials

Improve learning in your classroom.

Find strategies on topics ranging from managing large classrooms to employing early assessments and online tools, all to promote teaching effectiveness and improve student performance.

New workshops and seminars are offered each semester. If a workshop doesn’t fit your schedule, see our collection of self-paced tutorials and online resources.

Find a Grant

Jump-start your research with a grant.

Develop a research project or attend a conference. Hire a student assistant or buy special equipment or software. Find a faculty development grant that fits your needs.

The Center sponsors three separate grant programs, each tailored to meet a specific need, yet all are designed to propel you toward achieving your goals. Check back often for news about upcoming grants, so that you can be well prepared when it comes time to submit your grant proposal.

Develop your career

Develop your career.

Let us match you with another mentor, consult with you on your tenure process, or review you promotion dossier. Take advantage of the lessons learned and wisdom earned by those that came before you. The Center offers dozens of resources to steer you in the direction you want to go; see the ways we can help in your professional development.


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