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Center for Faculty Development

Improve Your Practice. Develop Your Career.

Vivian George Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas

Upcoming Events and News​

Something Queer

Please join us for our annual gathering of LGBTQ faculty and Allies to kick off the new school year!

Thursday August 18, 2016 

1380 Lawrence Street, 2nd floor Terrace Room, 4:00-7:00pm

Light refreshments will be provided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 CU Denver Faculty Assembly Disabilities Committee (DisC)

Check the new web site created by the CU Denver Faculty Assembly Disabilities Committee (DisC). The site has excellent resources on Inclusive Pedagogy, Universal Design, Campus Resources and more.

Jobs With a Mission

Students and alumni seem to be looking for more than a job or a major, they are looking for a mission and meaning; considering creating careers that balance purpose and profit. The CU Denver Career Center is once again hosting the annual hot topic career panel, from Careers in Beer to StartUps, this year’s hot topic is all about making a difference; titled Social Impact Panel: Careers for Change. The panel will consist of 8-10 directors, entrepreneurs, and change-agents that will shed light on their professional paths and give insight and advice on pursuing careers that help individuals, communities (both local/global), and the environment. By attending this event, participants will discover how they can work and study purposefully, creating a career path that impacts lives. After listening to this panel of experts they will see the vast possibilities of helping professions, so they may be inspired and empowered to be agents of change. Last, there will be cookies, coffee, and a conversational networking hour with colleagues and panelist. See attached flyer Social Impact Panel

 Colorado Learning and Teaching With Technology Conference CFP

The 2016 Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference call for proposals is open!  COLTT 2016 is an all-day event Aug. 3 and 4 at CU-Boulder in the Wolf Law Building and adjacent Idea Forge. This year, the program committee introduces new session types and varying session lengths to ensure COLTT remains relevant and rich. The 2016 session themes include alternative credentials, innovative presentation design, teaching and learning analytics and much more. 

 The deadline for proposal submission is April 11. Learn more about the proposal submission process by reviewing these FAQs.

 The President's Teaching & Learning Collaborative

CU System's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiatiative
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

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

Track 3 - Sustainability: Responsibility & Engagement Across All Disciplines

Organizers: 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

AAC&U Teaching Stem Conference CFP

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to join with colleagues to share and examine evidence-based models, practices, and strategies to provide high-quality undergraduate STEM teaching and learning and increase the number of students majoring, completing baccalaureate degrees, and pursuing careers in STEM fields. This year’s conference will deepen our understanding of “what works” in STEM higher education reform and provide attendees with the opportunity to rethink curricular designs and teaching approaches in ways that will maximize learning.

For more information Click Here.

The conference will be held November 3-5 in Boston.​

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.

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.

 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.

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.

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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