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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 web site, 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! 

 Upcoming Events


 Lunch & Learn: Strategies for Teaching Large Classes, Tuesday, Oct. 4

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a poet laureate to know that teaching a large class presents a very different set of challenges than we typically face in our other classes. Faculty are challenged by issues as diverse as managing paperwork, lack of student engagement, dealing with distractions during class, lack of flexibility in class activities, and varied levels of preparation among students.  So what can faculty members do to meet these formidable challenges and still keep our sanity? In this workshop, Dr. Tod Duncan, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology will discuss innovative approaches to teaching large classes, best practices, and strategies that he has used effectively in his own high enrollment classes.  ​


 Books@Work: "Whistling Vivaldi" Tuesdays, Oct 4

Books@Work are informal book clubs where faculty meet and share ideas.  This Books@Work group will read "Whistling Vivaldi: How Sterotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do" by Claude Steele.

This group will meet on Tuesdays, October 4, 11 & 18, 3:00 - 4:00 pm​

Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.​


 Books@Work: "Teaching at its Best" Wednesday, Oct. 5


Books@Work are informal book clubs where faculty meet and share ideas.  This book club will meet Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

"Teaching at Its Best" is the bestselling, research-based toolbox for college instructors at any level, in any higher education setting. Packed with practical guidance, proven techniques, and expert perspectives, this book helps instructors improve student learning both face-to-face and online.



 Thursday Threads, Thursday, October 6

Enhancing Classroom Participation

Ever have the feeling you are alone in your classroom? That your students aren’t engaged, or simply aren’t prepared to engage? Let’s share tips on how to encourage and facilitate students’ participation in classroom discussions and activities.​

Join us by registering and clicking on the Zoom link below at 3:00 pm on Thursday, October 6 (or join us in person at LSC, Suite 320)

3:​00-4:00 pm
CFD Conference Room
320 Lawrence Street Center
Zoom Meeting Link:  

 Nanocourse: Diversity and Inclusive Teaching, October 14 & 21

Fridays, October 14 & 21, CU Building, Room 1110

Nanocourses are intensive mini-courses focused on complex pedagogical topics that provide you the opportunity to learn about and apply new teaching strategies and skills to your own work. ​This nanocourse includes two 1/2 day sessions which focus on helping you to develop concrete strategies for inclusive teaching through classroom practices, course design, and interactions with students.  This nanocourse will be facilitated by Dr. Diane Estrada, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development.


 Thursday Threads, Thursday, October 20

Appy Hour:  Snapchat for Teaching and Learing

Over 400 millions snaps are shared on Snapchat between its 60 million users each day. Are you using snapchat? Have you ever thought about using it in your teaching? In this discussion we will think together about ways to use snapchat in our classes and we have invited some faculty are currently using snapchat to engage students. Join us to share your ideas and learn from colleagues. 

Join us by registering and clicking on the Zoom link below at 3:00 pm on Thursday, October 20 (or join us in person at LSC, Suite 320)​

3:00-4:00 pm

320 Lawrence Street Center

Zoom Meeting:​​​​


 CFD Advisory Board Test Registration Link Here!

This registration link was established so CFD Advisory Board members could try out our brand new registration system.  Advisory Board members click away! ​​19



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Suite 320
1380 Lawrence Street
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