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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: 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 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


 Creating Diversity and Inclusion Statements for the Job Market: For Graduate Students, Postdocs, and their Faculty Mentors

Creating Diversity and Inclusion Statements for the Job Market: For Graduate Students, Postdocs, and their Faculty Mentors 

Date: November 10, 2020 
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Are you a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow who is thinking about or getting ready to go on the job market? We also recommend this workshop for those who advise graduate students and postdocs. Come learn, take notes, and discuss how to create and polish diversity and inclusion statements. Facilitated by Ronica Rooks. Panel: Inge Wefes and Mia Fischer.


 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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