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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.

Spring 2018 
Communities of Practice Forming Now 
The Center for Faculty Development is pleased to announce the formation of three new Communities of Practice (CoP) dedicated to discovering knowledge and nurturing community around the work we do as educators.  As a member of a CoP you will engage in vibrant group-directed discussions in a supportive environment with colleagues from across the university. Participation in a CoP will focus on providing faculty with opportunities to tackle practical problems, share simple ideas, and learn from one another.

Each Community of Practice meets 5 times over the course of a semester. Lunch or breakfast will be served at each meeting.  Faculty participants will receive $400 in Professional Development funds.

Our Spring 2018 Communities of Practice are:

Ratcheting Up Research
Fridays, 9:00-10:30 am
Feb 2 & 23
March 16
April 6 & 20
Optimize the relationship between research and teaching to improve both student learning outcomes and faculty productivity.
Register Here

Engaging with Denver
Fridays, 12:00-1:30 pm
February 9, 16 & 23
March 2 & 9
Members of this CoP will collectively think through easy and practical ways to bring community engagement into their teaching.
Register Here

Diving Deeper into Diversity
Fridays, 11:00-12:30 pm
January 26
February 16
March 9
April 6 & 27
Explore the complexities of teaching about diversity and building equitable and inclusive learning environments.
Register Here

Space is limited so register today!


 Upcoming Events


 Mentoring Lunch, Wednesday, December 6

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., Feb. 1

Thursday, February 1
3:30-4:30 pm
Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320
Zoom Meeting Link:​​​​

Topic: Quick teaching ideas for busy faculty

During this Thursday Thread, we will gather to share teaching and assessment ideas for helping us be more efficient while still fully committed to helping students achieve learning goals and objectives.

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

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 Books@Work: Engaging Ideas, Tues. Feb 14 & 28

Tuesdays, February 14 & 28

3:30 - 5:00 pm

CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

Learn to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporate them into your courses in a way that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion, and debate, with Engaging Ideas, a practical, nuts-and-bolts guide for teachers from any discipline. Integrating critical thinking with writing-across-the-curriculum approaches, the book shows how teachers from any discipline can incorporate these activities into their coures. 

Facilitator: Sarah Hagelin, Associate Professor of English, CFD Faculty Fellow


 Books@Work: What Universities Can Be, Wed.Feb 7 & 21

Wednesdays, February 7 & 21
12:30-2:00 pm
CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Zoom Meeting Link:​​​

In "What universities can be," the high-profile educator Robert J. Sternberg writes thoughtfull about the direction of higher education in this country and its potential to achieve future excellence. Sternberg presents, for the first time, his concept of the ACCEL model, in which institutions of higher education are places where students learn to become Active Concerned Citizens and Ethical Leaders. One of the greatest problems in our society is a lack of leaders who understand the importance of behaving in ethical ways for the common good of all. At a time when new models of education are sorely needed, universities have the opportunity to claim the education of future leaders as their mission.

Facilitator: Mitch Handelsman, Professor of Psychology


 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: Helping All Students Learn, Thurs. Feb. 8

Thursday, February 8
12:00pm  - 1:30pm
Location: CU Online Training Room, 1380 Lawrence, 13th Floor

Much scholarship on teaching and learning provides insights about the importance of an explicitly inclusive classroom climate for student learning. In this workshop we will explore how inclusive teaching practices have the potential to positively impact the learning experiences of first generation college students. We will work in small groups to explore our own ideas and strategies for creating inclusive classrooms in which first generation students excel and develop a sense of belonging.  As a takeaway participants will become familiar with key evidence-based best practicies which they can implement and explore in their own teaching practice.

 Facilitator: Candan Duran-Aydintug




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



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