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.Learn More about CAFE
Faculty Development Calendar
Start Talking: Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education
Start Talking is an internationally acclaimed field manual which gives faculty the tools to engage more productively in difficult dialogues in the classroom while increasing student learning. It presents a model for a faculty development intensive, strategies for proactively engaging controversial topics in the classroom, and reflections from faculty who field-tested the techniques. Important for all those who want to engage students more effectively in conversations about the most important issues of our times.
When: Wednesday, February1st | 2:30-4PM
Where: GHH 105
Faculty Networking Mixer
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.