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Center for Faculty Development &  Advancement

The Center for Faculty Development & Advancement at the University of Colorado Denver supports all faculty in their path toward career advancement, professional development, and dossier support. We provide support for faculty as they work to build successful academic careers. 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. ​If you are searching for teaching resources and enhancing your work with students, visit the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning for more opportunities.

karen sobel headshot.jpgNew Director!

We're excited to announce, Karen Sobel as the new Director for the Center for Faculty Development & Advancement. 

Dr. Karen Sobel earned her B.A. in English degree from Penn State, followed by an M.A. in English and an M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a Doctor of Education through the University of Colorado at Denver. She is an Associate Professor at the Auraria Library. Her research focuses on factors that motivate undergraduate students’ information-related decision-making.​ Welcome, Karen!

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 Upcoming Programs Fall 2020


 Community of Practice: Office of Diversity & Inclusion

ODI/CFDA Community of Practice

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Thursday​, November 19, 2020
Thursday​, ​December 17, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Facilitated by Dominic Martinez & Karen Sobel​


 Community of Practice: BIPOC Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Community of Practice: BIPOC Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

BIPOC Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Community of Practice The BIPOC Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Community of Practice offers tenured and tenure-track faculty members of color a safe space for professional learning and conversation. Each meeting will offer group-generated discussion on topics of interest related to retention, tenure, promotion, and other forms of career advancement. This will be followed by open time for conversation and community building. For more information, please contact facilitator Dr. Yang Wang (assistant professor, Art History)or the CFDA.

Monday, September 21, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday, November, 13 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Facilaited by Yang Wang
Panel: Donna Martinez


 Extraordinary Productivity Workshop Mini-Series: Five Strategies for Extraordinary Productivity (Series)

Five Strategies for Extraordinary Productivity

Each day brings with it a new wave of urgencies that compete for our attention. Texts, emails, calls, meetings and more, all converge on our already full schedules. The result is a sense of being busy without actually being productive, which leaves people feeling burned out and unfulfilled. The sheer volume of daily distractions threatens our ability to think clearly and to make wise decisions about what is important. 

The course, empowers individuals with clear discernment to avoid distractions and to accomplish the goals that matter most in their professional and personal lives.

Upon completion, the learner will be able to: 

  • Discern the important from the less important  
  • Identify and utilize a framework of what success looks like in your current role 
  • Understand specific tips and tools that can help you plan weekly and daily to execute excellence  
  • Learn how to make technology work for you 
  • Learn how to apply simple yet critical ways of increasing energy to make good decisions and feel more accomplished each day


  • Tuesday,September 15, 2020 Act on the Important, Don’t React to the Urgent
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Go for Extraordinary, Don’t Settle for Ordinary
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Schedule the Big Rocks, Don’t Sort Gravel
  • ​Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Rule your Technology, Don’t Let it Rule You and Choice 5: Fuel Your Fire, Don’t Burn out

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Faciliated by Debbie Lammers



 Keep Your Research Rolling: Strategies for Maximizing Research Productivity in the Era of COVID

Strategies for Maximizing Research Productivity in the Era of COVID​

This interactive presentation will provide numerous strategies for maximizing research productivity, particularly in the current era of COVID. These general strategies include time management, prioritization, organization, improving research collaborations, and general recommendations pertaining to efficiency. Strategies pertaining to pivoting research projects, loss of funding, inability to collect human subjects data, and uncertainty about validity of data collected during COVID will also be discussed. These strategies will be beneficial regardless of field. While this presentation is geared towards early career scholars, there will be strategies provided that can benefit researchers in all stages of their career. Ample time will be spent in involved in interactive activities and discussion. Participants will leave with numerous strategies they can implement to discover what works best for their individual needs.

Facilitated by Bryn Harris, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education and Human Development

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 am -11:15 am

Register Here


 Keep Your Research Rolling: Promoting Your Research and Measuring Its Impact

Keep Your Research Rolling: Promoting Your Research and Measuring Its Impact​

You’ve published a great article in a top-tier journal; what comes next? Learn strategies for promoting greater readership of your articles & attracting more citations. Then learn to accurately portray the impact that you’re creating in your field and others, by measuring traditional citations and altmetrics. Learn to make the most of what you’ve already created, and plan the greatest visibility for your work in the future.

Date: Wednesday September 30, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Facilitated by: Kelly McCusker​


 Faculty Mentoring Program: After Hours

After Hours

Come join the Faculty Mentoring Program for a casual get-together. Mentees, mentors, and anyone who is interested in the program are welcome to join us for an online social. Bring your own snack.  This is a great time to meet other mentees and mentors and chat about how your semester is going. Come for the whole session or drop by for a few minutes. We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday October 1, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hosted by Karen Sobel and Donna Sobel


 Lunch & Learn: Practical Mindfulness for Stress: Finding Self-Compassion Every Day

Practical Mindfulness for Stress: Finding Self-Compassion Every Day

Please join Liz Chamberlain, PhD, Licensed Psychologist from the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to learn the science behind mindfulness and mindful self-compassion, experience short, easy-to-access exercises during the webinar, and receive take-away tools to help manage stress in different ways.   

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Facilitated by Elizabeth Chamberlain​


 Lunch & Learn: Tenure and Promotion

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

All tenure-track and tenured faculty are join this session on  how to find success on the path to tenure and promotion. Faculty Fellow Storm Gloor will moderate a panel of newly tenured faculty and members of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion. Topics will include dossier creation, telling the story of your accomplishments through your dossier statements, knowing when you’re ready to go up for “full professor” rank and more. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions of the panelists.

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Facilitated by Storm Gloor

Panel: Karen Sobel, Zhiping Walter, and more.​

Register Here


 Keep Your Research Rolling: Organizing and Exploring Data with Tableau Public

Keep Your Research Rolling: Organizing and Exploring Data with Tableau Public​

OpenRefine can help you prep and clean raw data for analysis, and Tableau can help you quickly visualize that table of numbers staring at you from the screen. This workshop (or presentation?) will get you familiar with these two technologies so you can tackle datasets with ease and confidence in your research.

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Faciliated by Diane Fritz


 Keep Your Research Rolling: Narrative Online Presentations Using StoryMaps

Narrative Online Presentations Using Story Maps​

Learn how to easily present your work online in an engaging  and professional format. Scrolling narratives about your research can stand on their own or be used to accompany in-person presentations. Although "map" is in the name and the technology allows for anchoring your story in place, you don't even have to use a map for this to be a useful presentation tool. This workshop will introduce you to the easy-to-use template for building  these great online presentations.

Date: Wednesday November 4, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Faciliated by Diane Fritz


 Lunch & Learn: What Makes a Great CTT Dossier?

Lunch & Learn: What Makes a Great CTT Dossier?

Are you a CTT faculty member who’s planning on going up for promotion in Spring 2021? Join Associate Dean Kathleen Bollard, Associate Professor (CTT) Lindsey Hamilton and colleagues as you start thinking about preparation. Learn how to make a great CTT dossier in terms of content, format, and more. Bring your questions – you’ll have an opportunity to ask our panelists.  CTT faculty members who will go up for promotion farther in the future are welcome to come and learn, too!

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm -2:00 pm
Panel: Kathleen Bollard, Lindsey Hamilton, Jean Scandlyn, and Masoud Asadi-Zeydabadi.
Registration Here




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