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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Black History Month 

Black History Month represents an opportunity for faculty to reflect on practices that promote inclusivity in teaching and learning. Review the schedule of events and consider how they might connect with your classes. For instance, you might post a question related to inclusivity in a class discussion board or call for a reflection essay on the role multicultural perspectives and working across differences plays in professional contexts in your field. 
CAFE resources on inclusive teaching are available on our Difficult Dialogues site. 

Faculty Development Calendar

Faculty Learning Communities

CAFE offers a range of Faculty Learning Communities. This semester's FLCs are focused on improving accessibility in learning materials, teaching through the scholarship of teaching and learning, and scholarly writing. February dates for two of our three FLCs appear below. 
 Karen Andrews, Director of DSS

 Universal Design & Access Faculty      Fellows Program

  When: Friday, February 24th
  11-30-1 PM
  Where: LIB 214
Sessions facilitated by Ray Ball, History.

12 Weeks to Your Journal Article                

Guided Sessions: 
4-5:15 PM 
February 22nd
March 8th & 29th 
April 12th ADM 143 B
Optional Write-On-Sites: 
4-5:15 PM
March 1st & 22nd
April 5th
ADM 143 B


CAFE Events  


Faculty Networking Mixer


On February 23, CAFE and CCEL are partnering with the Anchorage Museum to offer an opportunity for faculty to network with colleagues and community partners. Enjoy complimentary admission to the Museum as part of this event, giving you a chance to take in exhibits prior to the mixer, including Cabin Fever: The Devil is in the Details. 
Registration is not required but please RSVP by emailing so that your name is available at the door.

When: Thursday, February 23 | 4-6 PM

Where: Anchorage Museum

National Coalition Building Institute Workshop

Open to Students, Staff, & Faculty

The award-winning NCBI Social Inclusion and Equity Workshop is a one-day, experiential process with a series of incremental activities. Your attendance and participation will be recognized by our UAA Chancellor Tom Case with a certificate upon successful completion of the workshop. 
"Everyone counts!"
This Workshop offers participants the opportunity to:
  • Celebrate their similarities and differences as well as recognize the misinformation they have learned about various groups (including their own).
  • Learn about and re-evaluate personal attitudes and behaviors that are based on the impact of prejudice and discrimination.
  • Claim pride in their group identities.
  • Understand the personal impact of discrimination through the telling of stories.
  • Learn hands-on tools for dealing effectively with offensive remarks and behaviors.

For questions regarding event details, contact:                                              
Patricia Fagan,PhD

When: Friday, February 24, 8:55 AM - 4:15 PM
Where: GHH 105



  • 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.  

Career Support

Teaching Tip

Strategies for holding "office hours" 

The benefits of "outside of class communication" (OOC) are well documented. Faculty/student interactions positively influence student learning and student persistence (Halawah, 2006; Kuh &Hu, 2001; Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). The online newsletter Faculty Focus recommends several strategies for improving office hours: 1) Schedule office hours at times that are convenient for you AND your students. 2) Solicit student input to determine their best times by circulating a calendar and asking them to initial days/times that don't work for them. 3) Use tools like Doodle or an online scheduling tool like YouCanBook.Me. 4) Make yourself available in alternate locations like a Google Hangout or a table near a campus coffee stand. For more suggestions, check out the February 18, 2015, issue of Faculty Focus. We'd love to hear about your creative strategies for increasing "outside of class communication" (OOC) with students.

CAFE shares announcements and brief items of interest on best practices in teaching and learning via FACEBOOK.  We'd love to see you there.  


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