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Karen Sobel, Ed.D

Director, Center for Faculty Development and Advancement 

Karen Sobel, Associate Pprofessor, joined the CFDA in 2020, after 12 years as a research librarian at the campus’s Auraria Library. She created a wide variety of support for faculty and students in that role. She was also active in campus-level reappointment, tenure, and promotion processes. She has served as a CFDA mentor since 2014. Karen 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. Her research focuses on factors that motivate undergraduate students’ information-related decision-making. 

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Donna Sobel, Ph.D., 
Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Development and Advancement ​

Donna is an associate professor emerita in the School of Education and Human Development.  She brings a broad set of skills to the CFDA including her expertise inclusive and culturally responsive teaching practices. Donna has that rare combination of problem-solving talent and pedagogical expertise. She puts these skills to work in the classroom observations and teaching consultations she conducts.  A true “people person,” Donna also works to support faculty through her leadership of the Faculty Mentoring Program. 

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Professor of Instruction and Design, School of Education and Human Development 

An award-winning educator, Joni is a professor of instructional design and technology in the School of Education and Human Development.  Joni has an extensive background in postsecondary teaching and learning and online education, with expertise in student engagement, course design, social media, and effective online teaching strategies.   Joni earned an MBA from California State University-Chico and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado Denver.   

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Lexie serves both the Center for Faculty Development & Advancement and Center for Excellence in Teaching & LearningShe serves as the main contact for the departments, supports the Director, Assistant Director, Faculty Fellows, student workers, and CU Faculty. 

She is responsible for planning meetings, preparing programs, program processes, fiscal support, office management, tracking data, webpage management, communications and marketing, and all-around department processes. Currently, Lexie is also in the graduate program for Public Health​ at the Anschutz Medical Campus.​


Kiara K., Student Assistant

Kiara recently joined the CFDA team starting August 2020 and we are excited to have her be part of the team. Kiara is a sophomore at UC Denver studying Public Health. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Aurora. In her spare time, if any, she enjoys watching basketball and considers herself a big sports fan. 

Welcome, Kiara!​


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