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Center for Faculty Development

The 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.  

Our upcoming events are below, 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.

Introducing the NEW Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
At CU Denver we recognize the important role that faculty play in assuring that our students succeed. To support faculty in their work, we have established a new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).  CETL will promote university teaching that helps students to learn, persist, thrive, succeed, and ultimately graduate.  With a strong commitment to the interconnection between teaching and learning the CETL will foster the use of evidence-based techniques in the classroom and beyond that have been demonstrated to foster learning and improve academic outcomes for all students.

Never fear, the Center for Faculty Development will continue to serve faculty too.  The CFD will provide support for faculty on issues related to appointment, reappointment, tenure, promotion, mentoring, scholarly productivity, new faculty programs, and support for tenure-track faculty.

Learn more about CETL! ​

New Resource for Writing and Research Productivity!
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!​


 Upcoming Events


 Stories from Abroad: Lunch & Learn - Nov. 6th

Are you interested in taking CU Denver students abroad? If so, don’t miss out on this panel discussion featuring faculty who have led short-term Global Study programs to various locations around the world. Be that faculty member who changes a student’s life by leading them through a transformative learning experience abroad! Come hear faculty stories about how they did it.​ 
 Wednesday, Novemeber 6th 12:30 - 2:00 CU Online Training Room (1300 LSC)​ 

Faculty Panelists: Barry McConnell, Tony Robinson, Roma Sur, Casey Howard, Jeremy Nemeth, and Amanda Ritchie.  ​


 Align Your Time with Priorities - Webinar Watch Party: Feb. 6th

​This webinar is a step-by-step guide to holding a weekly planning meeting (aka The Sunday Meeting).  You will learn what works and what doesn't work when it comes to weekly planning, why weekly planning is the bridge between your strategic plan and getting control of your workday, the 30-minute technique that will help you make sure that the most important things get done each day.

Discussion facilitated by Edelina Burciaga, Assistant Professor of Sociology and CFD Faculty Fellow.​


 February Writing Retreat: Feb 7th

Do you need to get your writing back on track or do you just enjoy writing int the company of others? Faculty will have an opportunity to learn strategies to maximize writing time and effort. 

Don't believe us? A faculty member from October 2019 session said, "The writing retreat was amazing, and my paper is nearly finished now, largely thanks to you. I can’t wait for the next one- I’m hooked!". Still don't believe us? Come and see for yourself. 

Friday, February 7th 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
1401 Student Commons 
Lunch Provided

Facilitated by Edelina Burciaga, Assistant Professor of Sociology and CFD Faculty Fellow.​​


 Half Day Writing Retreat, Oct 18

Take some time to get your writing back on track after a busy start to the semester. Join other faculty writers and dedicate a half a day to writing together.

Friday, October 18
9:30 - 12:30 pm
Student Commons, Room 1401 (Boettcher Conference Room)
Lunch provided

 Books@Work: Lifelong Kindergarten - Feb. 12th

To thrive in today's fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively -- and the best way to do that is by focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting, just as children do in traditional kindergartens. Drawing on experiences from more that thirty years at MIT's Media Lab, author Michael Resnick discusses new technologies and strategies for engaging young people in creative learning experiences. By providing young people with opportunities to work on projects, based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit, we can help them prepare for a world where creative thinking is more important than ever before.

Wednesday, February 12 1:00 - 3:00 pm Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320 (CFD Conference Room) 

 Facilitator: Teague Bohlen, Associate Professor, English​​


 Enhancing a Sense of Belonging in the Classroom - Lunch & Learn: Feb. 11th

How can instructors influence a sense of belonging among their students? Discover the impact that belonging can have on grades and retention. Explore strategies to foster a sense of belonging that you can easily implement in your classroom. February 11th, 2020 12:30 pm -2:00 pm Facilitated by Yvette Bueno Olson​


 Faculty Mentoring Program Fall Breakfast, Aug 26

Join us for this opportunity to meet with your mentor or mentee. We will spend a bit of time telling you about resources that will help you establish your mentoring relationship but there will be plenty of time to get to know one another and mingle with other faculty.

Monday, August 26
9:00 - 10:30 am
Student Commons, Room 1401 (Boettcher Conference Room)

 Books@Work: Truth Worth Telling - April 15

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times is a book about journalism and reporting by 60 Minutes/CBS reporter Scott Pelley. Pelley’s narratives are a blend of investigative reporting, color commentary, and personal reminiscence that make a convincing case for why journalism still matters. The book is a passionate defense of the role of journalism in maintaining democracy. 

Wednesday, April 15 1:00 - 3:00 pm Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320 (CFD Conference Room) 

 Facilitator: Teague Bohlen, Associate Professor, English​​​


 Webinar Watch Party: Every Semester Needs a Plan, Sept. 3

Join us for a hands-on planning webinar watch party. Take time out of your schedule to identify your personal and professional goals for the semester, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, and identify the types of community, support, and accountability you need to make this your most productive and balanced semester ever! ​​​​

Facilitated by: Edelina Burciaga, Assistant Professor, Sociology and CFD Faculty Fellow

Tuesday, September 3

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320 (CFD Conference Room)

​Register Here​​​​

 Community of Practice: ACUE 2.0

This CoP is designed for faculty who completed the ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practice in 2018-2019.  Participants we revisit key modules and discuss their continuing efforts to implement new teaching practices into their classes.

Meets Fridays, 9:00 - 10:30 am on the following dates in the fall:

September 13
October 11
November 1
December 6

Breakfast included!!

Facilitated by: Mia Fischer, Assistant Professor, Communication and CFD Faculty Fellow​


 Community of Practice: Building Democratic Classrooms

Have you ever walked into class with an intentionally blank syllabus? Does the idea of doing so sound exciting or ridiculous?  Join us for this CoP where we will explore ideas about expanding student agency in the classroom through community building, transparency, accountability, and power decentralization.  Some key topics of discussion may include:
  • Engaging students in designing courses/assignments.
  • Making grading and assignments more transparent.
  • Project-based courses and course design.
  • Building classroom communities (F2F and online)
  • Learner-centered approaches to teaching F2F and online
This CoP meets Fridays, 9:00 - 10:30 am on the following dates in the Fall:

September 13
September 27
October 18
November 8

Breakfast included!!

Facilitated by: Sasha Breger, Assistant Professor, Political Science and CFD Faculty Fellow​


 Community of Practice: Immersive Teaching/Teaching Immersive

"Immersive" is rapidly becoming the catch-all term for a burgeoning industry that blends multisensory experience and interaction design with traditional art and entertainment forms.  Think Meow Wolf​ or virtual reality (VR) experiences.  In this CoP, our emphasis will be on tools and practices for the design of immersive experiences whether creative or curricular.  We welcome faculty interested in learning about immersive practices, as well as faculty who would like to use insights from immersive experience to design learning opportunities for their students.  We also welcome faculty who will be teaching in the new Immersive Curriculum being developed in CAM.  An important part of this CoP will be learning from immersive practioners including puzzel room creators, VR designers, immersive theater producers, game creaters and more. 

This CoP will meet on Fridays, 11:30 -1:00 pm in the fall on the following dates:

September 20
October 11
November 1
November 15

Facilitated by: Jenny Fillipetti, Assistant Professor, InWorks and David Thomas, Assistant Professor Attend., CAP and Academic Technology Director, OIT.


 Tri-Institutional Faculty Forum - Feb. 28th

On February 28th, 2020 the third annual Tri-Institutional Faculty Forum will convene in the Tivoli Turnhalle. We will continue with the 2019 event format. Our keynote will be given by Saundra McGuire, Emerita Professor of Chemical Education at LSU and a nationally recognized expert in metacognition and we will again have presentations by a “local expert” from each institution, and Q&A sessions with both the presenters and a student panel.​ 

Dr. Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She is best known for her work in science education. Her interests focus on improving student learning by involving faculty in metacognitive learning strategies.​​ 

 February 28th 8:15 am - 2:00 pm at the Tivoli Turnhalle. 

No registration neccessary, space limited so save the date! 
Continental breafkast and lunch will be provided.​

 Community of Practice: Open Fields: Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

The problem with our fields, is the fences! It is rare for interdisciplinary work to just "happen." For students and faculty to integrate and apply their learning across disparate fields of study takes a lot of collaborative work which many of us are not used to or trained for.  This community of practice will explore ways for faculty to collaborate and tech across their fields.  Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for an interdisciplinary project for one of their courses and the group will provide feedback and structue for implementation.

This CoP meets on Fridays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the fall on the following dates:

September 20
October 18
November 8
December 6

Facilitated by: Dennis Debay, Sr. Instructor, SEHD and CFD Faculty Fellow and Shea Swager, Director of Research Support, Auraria Library


 Community of Practice: Storming & Forming: Supporting Student Teams

We know that in their professional lives, our students will need to work in teams.  So how do we implement groups in our courses so that they practice the skills essential for teamwork? This community of practice will examine how to decide which learning objectives can most readily be supported through teams, organize teams at different scales (for one class period vs. a semester-long project), coach teams navigating conflict, keep grading fair, and more.

This CoP will meet on Fridays at 11:30 - 1:00pm in the Fall on the following dates:

September 20
October 11
November 1
December 6

Lunch provided!

Facilitated by: Kate Goodman, Assistant Professor InWorks​


 Books@Work: Trojan War Museum and Other Stories, Sept. 18

In this collection of short fiction, author Ayse Papatya Bucak confronts the nature of historical memory, examines the tension between myth and history, cultural categories, personal identity, performance and authenticity.  If you participate in this B@W you will also have the added opportunity to see the author read passages of the book and discuss the work (author visiting campus on Sept. 16, two days before the book group meets). As part of the book group discussion we will explore how the books major themes speak to or impact our work as educators.

Wednesday, September 18

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Lawrence Street Center, Suite 320 (CFD Conference Room)

Facilitator: Teague Bohlen, Associate Professor, English​




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