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
Public Policy Debate
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 PM, LIB 307
Dr. Kyle Hampton, Economics -- Photo from Seawolf Debate
Each fall, CAFE's Difficult Dialogues initiative partners with Seawolf Debate to offer a public policy debate. Many faculty members encourage students to attend. This event is free, open to the public, and draws a large audience. The evening begins with a debate presented by members of the Seawolf Debate Program, followed by discussion with a panel of faculty respondents. This time the resolution is: Investing in the University of Alaska is better for Alaska's future than investing in a gas pipeline.
Need more information? Contact Libby Roderick, CAFE's Associate Director, at email@example.com or 786-4605.
Students in Crisis or Transition: Determining the Right Choice for Student Support:
Lunch & Learn
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 11:30-1:00 PM, LIB 302A
Faculty are among the first at UAA to note when a student has a problem. Not surprisingly, difficulties range from needing academic support to challenging mental health issues. In this session faculty will explore options for referring students to resources, as well ways to identify and manage disruptive student behavior in class. Learn more about options for student support, the student code of conduct, and how to make best use of resources available via student affairs to ensure a productive academic experience for all.REGISTER
What You Should Know Before Submitting Faculty Development and Research Travel Grants
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 PM, LIB 302A
What You Should Know Before Submitting a Sabbatical Application
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 2:30-3:30 PM, LIB 302AREGISTER
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.