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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.

Beyond Orientation: The First Year Faculty Experience (FYFE)

This new program by the CFD is intended to provide additional support and development opportunities for new faculty at CU Denver. The program is open to all faculty new to CU Denver.

Learn More about FYFE​

 Upcoming Events


 Books@Work: Bandwidth Recovery, Sept. 6 & 20

Thursdays, Sept. 6 & 20

12:30 - 2:00 pm

CFD Conference Room (320 Lawrence Street Center)

This book argues that the cognitive resources for learning of over half our young people have been diminished by the negative effects of economic insecurity, discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, this book offers a set of strategies and interventions to rebuild the available cognitive resources necessary to succeed in college and reach their full potential.  This book presents a variety of evidence-based interventions that have been shown, through implementation in high schools and colleges, to help students to regain bandwidth. The strategies are intended for application inside and outside the classroom and address not only cognitive processes but also social-psychological, non-cognitive factors that are relevant to the college environment as a whole. 



 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.


 ACUE Course Faculty Learning Community, Tues. July 24

​Planning Outcomes-based Course Design
9:00-10:30 am
North Classroom, 3015B


 Lunch & Learn: Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Sept. 11

​​​​Tuesday, September 11, 2018

12:30pm  - 1:45pm

Location LSC, CU Online Training Room 1300D

This workshop will provide tips on how to build relationships based on trust and respect with a mentee and allow participants to self assess their mentoring skills while building community with other CU Denver undergraduate research mentors.

Facilitator: Lindsey Hamilton, Assistant Research Professor, Psychology


 ACUE Course Faculty Learning Community, Tues. Aug. 7

​Transparent Grading Practices
Tuesday, August 7
9:00-10:30 am
Tivoli, Room 444

 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)


 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: Ratcheting Up Research


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


 Community of Practice: Diving Deeper into Diversity

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.

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


 Community of Practice: Engaging with Denver

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


 Community of Practice: SoTL

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 CFD Conference Room (LSC 320)

Mar. 1 is in the ORDE Conference Room (LSC 300)

Lunch included!!!

Facilitated by: Donna Sobel, Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Development and Jane Hansberry, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs




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



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