About Us


We envision a world in which our faculty succeed in developing their expertise and passions as they positively influence the campus, the community, and beyond. 


The Center for Faculty Development & Advancement supports the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus with programs and resources as they:

Grow as leaders in their departments, communities, and fields.

Work toward rank advancement.

Thrive as members of the University community.

Who we are

Karen Sobel, Ed.D


Associate Professor
Doctorate of Education
MA English
BA English
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Donna Sobel, Ph.D

Assistant Director

Associate Professor Emerita
Manages: Faculty Mentoring Program
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Lexie King

Program Assistant

BA Communications
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Kiara K

Student Assistant 

MBA Sports Business & Marketing in progress.
Pronouns: She, her, hers

Faculty Fellows

Our Faculty Fellows are a core part of our department. They help us facilitate programs, promote and share evidence-based research, and play a strong leadership role in our programs. They serve as leaders supporting our mission to help faculty grow in their chosen directions. Faculty Fellows develop and lead programs, assess faculty needs, and support individual faculty members in areas relating to their program

We encourage Faculty Fellows to build and apply their leadership skills in strategic, innovative program development and delivery. Faculty from all schools and colleges, and all ranks, are welcome to serve as Faculty Fellows. We aim to reflect the range of experience and expertise on our campus in our group of Faculty Fellows.

Learn More and Check out our open fellow spots!

    Advisory Board

    The CFDA Advisory Board members are both part-time and full-time faculty. The Advisory Board offers ideas, assists with advice on new programs, and supports decision making about faculty development grants.

    Advisory Board members include:

    • Donna Sobel, Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Development & Advancement
    • Dominic Martinez, Interim Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
    • Kelly McCusker, Researcher Support Librarian, Auraria Library
    • Kenny Wolf, Director, Learning Outcomes Assessment ​
    • Michael Jenson, Associate Dean, Architecture & Planning
    • Naomi Nishi, Associate Director for Educational Outreach, Office of Research Development and Education​
    • Richard Allen, Associate Professor, CLAS, Psychology
    • Sarah Hagelin, Associate Professor, CLAS, English