University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Instructional Continuity

    Academic Innovations & eLearning (AI&e), the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE), and the Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) have merged under a single point of leadership, and these entities are still supporting faculty as our university community responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individually and collectively, we provide teaching and learning-related resources designed to enable faculty to shift courses to alternate delivery in an effective manner and continue meaningful work with students. No matter the mode of course delivery, UAA's goal is to continue supporting students as they make progress toward the completion of courses and degree programs. Instructional support is available to faculty through a range of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities and resources. Contact us if you have questions or need assistance: uaa_cafe@alaska.edu, uaa_design@alaska.edu, or uaa_ccel@alaska.edu.

    Additional Information and Resources

#Pivot

#Pivot was a faculty intensive that was held virtually May 11-15 to help faculty transition to alternate delivery for summer or fall instruction. Resources from the intensive, as well as ongoing instructional support, is available. 

#Pivot Intensive Resources

Teaching in Times of Crisis

In response to these historic times of upheaval and disruption, CAFE would like to remind faculty of the wide array of support and resources available to them as they encounter these issues in their classes. We hope that these resources provide you guidance in teaching and supporting students during these times of crisis.

 

Faculty Development & Instructional Support Opportunities

Faculty Development & Instructional Support is a new unit combining the efforts of Academic Innovations & eLearning, the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, and the Center for Community Engagement. We have used a 25Live calendar on the CAFE website in the past, but are working to combine calendars across entities and in concert with our new alignment in the Office of Academic Affairs. Thank you for your patience as these three units merge and evolve. See full list of Faculty Development & Instructional Support Opportunities for Fall 2020 (this is a live document).

UAA/APU Books of the Year Program

 UAA/APU Books of the Year Logo. Includes books from the current Books of the Year theme: Building Community Resilience. Books include: 1. Community Resilience Reader (by Daniel Lerch) 2. This Changes Everything (by Naomi Klein) 3. The Winona LaDuke Chronicles (by Winona LaDuke) 4. Drawdown (by Paul Hawken) 5. Salvage The Bones (by Jesmyn Ward) 6. Threadbare (by Mary Kudenov)

Theme: Building Community Resilience

 

 

 

   

Teaching & Learning

Although faculty members are experts in a given academic discipline, most receive very little training and development as educators. Faculty development is the means by which faculty develop teaching skills and come to understand the learning process. Through cross-disciplinary onboarding events, workshops, learning communities, conference-style academies, intensives, and peer-led programming, CAFE advocates for, supports the use of, and encourages the critical evaluation of inclusive, evidence-based pedagogies and practices that serve the needs of our diverse community of learners. 

 

Choron Ryan, term instructor of biological sciences, with her anatomy and physiology class.

 

Career Development

Whether you've a recent arrival fresh out of New Faculty Orientation or an Associate or Full Professor with a long career who's thinking about what's next, CAFE would be honored to help you grow as a professional in higher education. CAFE offers programming designed to help you improve scholarly writing and productivity, promote your work through your professional ePortfolio, and tackle challenging problems and develop your leadership skills as a Chair or Director of an academic department. We'll be happy to help you review career goals and develop a road map that can take you where you'd like to be.

 

UAA faculty gather in the Consortium Libarary for an Academic Assessment Retreat.

 

New Faculty Resources

Whether you're completely new to teaching in higher education or just new to teaching at UAA, CAFE is pleased to be able to support you on this part of your professional journey. We coordinate New Faculty Orientation, provide initial support for part-time faculty via the adjunct faculty portal, and are available for a range of different types of teaching support. The following items represent some key resources for those who are new to teaching at UAA, but if you have questions or need resources not listed, don't hesitate to contact us at (907) 786-4645.

  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Workload Fulfillment | Tenure Track (Under Construction)
  • Workload Fulfillment | Non-Tenure Track (Under Construction)

 

Spirit on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

 

We Can't Do This Alone!

CAFE accomplishes its work through the development of relationships and active partnerships with collaborators that span the University. Programming currently includes partners like:

 As well as our wonderful team of CAFE Faculty Associates!

Collaborating team members fist bump towards the center of their workspace.