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. 
Universal Design & Access Faculty Fellows Program
When: Friday, March 3 | 11-30-1 PM      Where: LIB 214
12 Weeks to Your Journal Article       
4-5:15 PM | ADM 143 B 
Guided Sessions: March 8th & 29th & April 12th   

Optional Write-On-Site: March 1st & 22nd & April 5th  




Upcomming Events 

Your Mind at Work: How Understanding Our Brains Can Improve Decision Making & Collaboration in the WorkplaceEmma Coddington

Dr. Emma Coddington is a behavioral neuroendocrinologist who investigates the neural mechanisms that drive stress behavior and decision making in amphibians and people. In this session, Dr. Coddington will explore how we are biologically primed to make decisions and how we can learn to nuance this process toward better collaborations, policies, and communities. She will discuss decision making, impostor  phenomenon, and mindset and consider how these thought processes and habits play out in our lives at work. She will also offer practical strategies for developing a new understanding of our personal and professional psyches and cultural scripts, as well as avenues for institutional change.

When: Friday, March 3 | 9-10:30 AM

Where: LIB 302 A

Conversation with the Provost: Community Campus Faculty

Provost, Sam Gingerich

Join Provost Sam Gingerich for a conversation about your experiences as a UAA faculty member. This particular session is designed for faculty members serving at our community campuses.
When: Thursday, March 23, 2:30-3:45 PM
Where: Physical Location TBD (Distance Option will be Available) 

Promotion & Tenure Discussion 


Are you due to submit a P & T file for this fall?
Join us for a session exploring: 
  • the objectives of the evaluation process and expectations of faculty performance, 
  • information on file preparation,
  • ideas about what to include and how to present materaisl, and
  • insight into the review process based on the unions' CBAs and our Faculty Evaluation Guidelines.  

When: Friday, March 24 | 9-11:30 AM
Where: LIB 307

P&T Files by ePortfolio: Lunch & Learn


Submitting your promotion and tenure file via ePortfolio? This session will help you think strategically about gathering materials, structuring documents, and the evidence you might want to include to demonstrate what you've achieved in teaching, research, and service. CAFE is partnering with Heather Caldwell of AI&e for this session. Please bring your laptop if you plan to open an ePortfolio or work on an existing one during the session.

(Light lunch provided with registration. Space is limited.)
When: Thursday, March 23, 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Where: LIB 302 A
If you have questions, contact Heather Caldwell


  • 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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