The Center for Faculty Development & Advancement (CFDA) orients all new CU Denver faculty through its New Faculty Orientation programming. We welcome new faculty and help them to build their professional practice through a year-long cycle of programming and mentoring.

Since the majority of faculty members are hired on an "August start" timeline, our Welcome Day takes place in mid-August each year. We encourage faculty members who are hired for Spring, Summer, or mid-semester starts to contact us at We're glad to welcome you to a Mentoring Circle, to provide access to Online New Faculty Orientation, and to provide any individual support that you need.

We're glad that you're here!

August Welcome Day

Each August, we welcome all new faculty members to campus. "August Welcome Day" focuses on introducing new faculty members to CU Denver's leadership & culture. It provides new faculty members with opportunities to connect and ask questions.

See below for the agenda from our most recent August Welcome Day. We will update the agenda for the next August Welcome Day closer to that date.

2023 Date Announced: August 14, 2023

Please stay tuned for an updated agenda.

August 2022 sample agenda:

  • 8:30-9:00AM: New Faculty gather at 2500 Student Commons Building.
  • 9:00: Welcome from the CFDA. Introduction to CU Denver.
  • 9:30: Welcome from Chancellor Michelle Marks and Provost Constancio Nakuma
  • 10:00: Round tables with campus leaders.
  • 11:00: Briefing on CU Denver's COVID-19 response, with Public Health Response Director Lacey Klindt
  • 11:10: Conversation with Classroom Technology Support team members
  • 11:15: Your choice: campus tour or conversation with new colleagues.
  • 12:00: Lunch. (Stay tuned for updates on fun surprises!)
  • 1:00: Mentoring circles: meet your mentor and connect with new colleagues. Begin to plan your professional development for the year ahead.
  • 2:30: Classroom Technology Support Team members will join us in the CFDA's kitchen area. You can take a short ed tech tour before grabbing a snack.
  • 2:30-3:30: Optional: Salsa party with the CFDA (hosted by Los Molinos restaurant)

  • During Your First Month at CU Denver

    • You will be asked to complete online, asynchronous learning from University of Colorado Human Resources (forthcoming).
    • We encourage you to register for a "Canvas Basics" workshop via the Office of Digital Education to learn more about the Canvas learning management system.

    Throughout Your First Year at CU Denver

    Participate in monthly meetings with an Early-Career Faculty Mentoring Program "Mentoring Circle."

    Beginning in August 2023, the CFDA will offer a cycle of six to eight workshops focused on building your professional practice throughout the academic year. New faculty who complete the cycle will receive a certificate from the CFDA.


    Questions? Contact the CFDA at

Online NFO

Faculty members who are hired for Spring, Summer, or mid-semester starts are invited to participate in the CFDA's Online New Faculty Orientation. Faculty members who are hired for an August start and who are unable to attend New Faculty Orientation in person may also request access. 

Online New Faculty Orientation is offered through CU Denver's Canvas learning management system. Please email the CFDA at to request an enrollment link.

Looking Ahead

The CFDA has big plans for new faculty in the coming year. Some of the things we're working on are:

  • Mentoring Circles for faculty hired during the covid-19 pandemic (primarily 2020 and 2021)
  • Expanded Mentoring Circles for second- and third-year faculty members, focused on having fun & getting to know Colorado
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