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.

Feel equally included in all aspects of campus life.

Who we are

Karen Sobel, EdD

Director, CFDA

Associate Professor
Doctor of Education, Leadership for
    Educational Equity
MSLS, Library Science
MA, English
Pronouns: she, her

Karen Sobel

Thorsten Spehn, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, CFDA

Associate Professor C/T
Ph.D., International Studies, University of Denver, Denver
M.A., Political Science, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany
B.A., Government, Oberlin College, Ohio
Pronouns: he/him

Photograph of Assistant Director Thorsten Spehn

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.

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