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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  • 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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 Faculty Development Calendar   

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

Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence


 Fall Events 

  • Fall Teaching Academy Events: For full-time & part-time faculty

    August 22, 8 AM - 5 PM | LIB 307 | Register Here

    View Teaching Academy Website & Session Descriptions

    This fall's Teaching Academy is designed to help you start the year smoothly, and take a deeper dive in areas where you'd like to gain confidence or develop new skills. We'll explore effective strategies for creating and assessing key course documents like assignments and syllabi, best practices in the use of student groups and teams, and systematic, reflective strategies to develop and demonstrate teaching excellence. There will be chances to learn about what the lessons being learned through our assessment of General Education Student Learning Outcomes, and the use of exceptionally powerful High-Impact Practices at UAA. In addition, there will be opportunities related to course design and facilitating online courses using Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate with sessions available in person and virtually. Join us!

    Adjunct Focus Agust 23, 5 - 8:30 PM | LIB 214 | Register Here

    Adjunct faculty:  Please join us for an evening specially designed to support your work at UAA.  Adjuncts are critical members of the UAA community and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) and Academic Innovations and eLearning (AI&e) are pleased to offer an opportunity for teaching support and professional development at a time when we hope most of you can attend.

    We'll provide refreshments, information about the students we serve, key insights about essential course components, as well as opportunities to explore academic technologies that will help you better interface with your students and support their learning.

  • Faculty Learning Community: Advice to New Faculty

    September 6, 13 & 20 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM | GHH 105

    Register Here

    Please​ ​join​ ​us for​ ​CAFE's​ ​New​ ​Faculty​ ​Book​ ​Group​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​Robert​ ​Boice's​ ​book, 
    Advice​ ​to​ ​New​ ​Faculty. 
    The book​ ​introduces​ ​the​ ​"most​ ​reliable​ ​research differentiating​ ​between​ ​new​ ​faculty 
    who​ ​thrive​ ​and​ ​those​ ​who​ ​struggle.​ ​By​ ​following​ ​its​ ​practical,​ ​easy-to-use​ ​rules,​ ​new 
    faculty​ ​can​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​with​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​levels​ ​of​ ​student​ ​approval,​ ​involvement​ ​and 
    comprehension​ ​time​ ​--​ ​with​ ​only​ ​modest​ ​preparation​ ​time..." ​ ​The​ ​book​ ​offers​ ​similar 
    suggestions​ ​for​ ​writing​ ​and​ ​quickly​ ​integrating​ ​into​ ​academic​ ​culture.​ ​​ ​We'll​ ​talk​ ​about 
    the​ ​book​ ​and​ ​share​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​support​ ​for​ ​navigating​ ​your​ ​first​ ​few​ ​months​ ​at​ ​UAA.  
  • Convening of the Tech Fellows Community

    September 10 | 10 AM - 12 PM | LIB 214

    Register Here 

  • Faculty Networking Mixers

    Faculty Networking Mixer - September 15 | 4-6 PM Location TBD Register Here

    Coffee Mixer - October 13 | 9 - 10:30 AM | GHH 105     Register Here

  • Faculty Learning Community: EXITO Student Mentoring

    October 6, 13 & 29 | 9:30-11:30 AM | LIB 214

    Register Here

  • Faculty Learning Community: Accessibility in Higher Education

    October 13, 20, & 27 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM | LIB 214

    Register Here 









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