The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) uses a colleague-to-colleague model to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Through one-time and multi-part workshops, professional development events, and special opportunities, we help faculty network with others in collegial settings to develop strategies that promote student success and cross-disciplinary understanding. CAFE is a resource that serves and supports all faculty (part-time, term, tenure track) on all five UAA campuses.

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November is Academic Writing Month

Academics across the country are kicking their scholarly writing into high gear with Academic Writing Month. What are your current writing goals? Do you have a project that could use a boost? Join us for one or more of the following sessions listed below under CAFE events. 

CAFE Events


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  • UAA/APU Books of the Year Program
    We're pleased to welcome
    the UAA/APU Books of the Year Program
    to CAFE!
    The current theme is Negotiating Identity in America
    Current books are:
    Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    The Color of Water 
    Identity is not fixed. We evolve and change, negotiating our identities as we grow and adapt to life experiences and circumstances. Selected by a committee of faculty and community members, the current books explore the timeless, relevant themes of individual and collective identity in America, themes that continue to be important to our communities, our state, and our nation. 
    Multiple copies of the Books of the Year texts are available in the UAA APU Consortium Library. Instructional support materials are available via the Books of the Year websiteWatch for additional programming soon!
    Note: This is the final year for this particular theme and these books. 



  • Teaching Tips
  • Difficult Dialogues
    Difficult Dialogues is a national program designed to promote and protect academic freedom and religious, cultural, and political pluralism on university campuses. Originally launched by two UAA/APU Ford Foundation grants, this project equips UAA faculty with the skills, knowledge and support to proactively and effectively introduce controversial topics into the classroom and, where necessary, field unanticipated controversy that arises.
  • SoTL/Making Learning Visible
    SoTL is scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by making research findings public and open to critique and evaluation. The intent is to create a community of “scholarly teachers” who add to the body of knowledge about teaching and learning as well as benefiting from the SoTL research of others. Check out UAA's version of SoTL - Making Learning Visible.
  • Team-Based Learning TBL
    Team-Based Learning™ (TBL) is a highly interactive, results-based educational strategy developed in the business school environment which has spread to other academic disciplines over the last decade. TBL can be used in classes as large as 200 and as small as 12. It transforms instruction into active learning and promotes the development of professional competencies in interpersonal skills, teamwork and peer feedback.  

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