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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.

New Faculty Orientation
If you are a new faculty member or a faculty member who never had an opportunity to attend New Faculty Orientation, please join us on Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13 for New Faculty Orientation.

Learn more about New Faculty Orientation and Register to Attend​

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
The Center for Faculty Development, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Graduate School are pleased to announce our partnership in obtaining an Institutional Membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.  Supercharge your writing and research by utilizing NCFDD resources that guide you through strategic planning and developing skills and strategies that help you to publish more research and win more grants.  NCFDD programs also provide insights into managing productive professional relationships and working to achieve a work-life balance.

Learn more about NCFDD and register to participate in programs today!​

ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practice
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering the ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practices again in 2019-2020. Learn more about the course and how it can benefit you.  

OER Jumpstart
Jumpstart your knowledge, understanding, and familiarity with Open Educational Resources by participating in this seven-step hybrid professional development pathway. 

 Upcoming Events


 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


 NEW Community of Practice! Teaching LARGE Online Classes - Starts February 1

Teaching LARGE online classes can be a challenge! Join this small cross-disciplinary group of faculty who will explore, discuss, attempt, and assess new (to them) methods and approaches to enhance their teaching in LARGE online classes. This CoP will meet four times over the Spring 2019 semester.

Topics of discussion may include: faculty presence, student engagement, peer interaction, managing grading, course communication, and cool tools to make your work easier and more enjoyable.

CoP participants may develop a project to try out innovations on which they will receive feedback and support from other community members. 

This CoP meets in the CFD Conference Room (Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320) on Fridays at 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Feb. 1
Feb. 15
Mar. 8
Apr. 26

Breakfast included!!!

Facilitated by: Wendy Bolyard, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs & Robyn Mobbs, Senior Instructor, School of Public Affairs


 OER Jumpstart Program, March 8 -April 12, 2019

​Jump start your knowledge, understanding, and familiarity with Open Educational Resources (OER) by participating in this seven-step hybrid professional development pathway. 

More information can be found on our OER Jumpstart page.


 Books@Work: Generation Z Goes to College, Wednesday, April 10

Wednesday, April 10

12:30 - 2:00 pm

CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

Event moved to CU Online Training Room (Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1300)

Generation Z is rapidly replacing Millennials on college campuses. Those born from 1995 through 2010 have different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, skill sets, and social concerns than previous generations. Unlike Millennials, Generation Z students grew up in a recession and are under no illusions about their prospects for employment after college. While skeptical about the cost and value of higher education, they are also entrepreneurial, innovative, and independent learners concerned with effecting social change. Understanding Generation Z's mindset and goals is paramount to supporting, developing, and educating them through higher education.

Facilitated by: Christy Heaton, Director of First-Year Experiences



 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

 Lunch & Learn: Classroom Cognition: Using Neuroscience to Enhance Learning, March 12

​​​​Tuesday, March 12, 2019

12:30pm  - 1:45pm

Location LSC, CU Online Training Room 1300D

Students are typically taught what to learn but not how to learn. This workshop will be an interactive session providing participants with a clear understanding of why the science of learning from a cognitive neuroscience perspective is an important part of instruction as well as easy ways to include evidence-based study system for students into their class content without sacrificing significant time. 

Facilitator: Lindsey Hamilton, Director of Undergraduate Research, Senior Instructor of Psychology


 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 Informational Session, Tuesday, March 19

Tuesday, March 19
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1300 (CU Online Training Room)

Want to learn more about the ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practice entails?  This informational session is designed to help faculty preview the awesome resources available through this course and consider if they are interested in applying for our 2019-2020 cohort of faculty course takers.  Please join us.  No registration required.59

 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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