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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Books of the Year: Building Community Resilience

Faculty Development Sessions

  • Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS) | October 23 & November 7
    Session led by Stasia Straley 
    College of Business and Public Policy
    CAFE Faculty Associate for Teaching and Learning

    Tues Oct 23 | 1:00-2:15 PM | RH 303 | 
    Register Here 
    Wed Nov 7 | 11:30 AM-12:45 PM | LIB 302A | Register Here
    Ever wanted to talk with colleagues about what's happening in your classroom? Or hear about their experiences with a teaching method you're about to try? Or simply be surrounded by faculty exchanging experiences with teaching?
    Please join us for an opportunity to share creative ways to engage students in discussions, problem-solving, critical thinking, and more. Bring your best ideas, as well as your greatest concerns, challenges and questions. We'll share our GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) in an informal setting.
    For more information:

    If you need to participate via distance or need accommodation, 
    please contact
  • Preparing Your File for Promotion and Tenure: Processes, Procedures, Considerations | October 26

     Fri Oct 26 | 8:30-10:30 AM | LIB 307 | Register Here

    This session provides essential information for those going up for 4th year review, tenure, or promotion at all levels. In the past, this session was offered annually in March. Know you'll be busy with other commitments in the summer? Get get started on your file this spring and reduce the stress of fall file submission.

     Marian Bruce, Director, Faculty Services
    Patty Linton, Senior Associate Dean, CAS*
    *Dr. Linton is affiliated with CAS, but this session is for faculty from ANY of UAA's colleges, not just CAS. 
    Distance delivery information provided after registration. 
    Questions? Contact Marian or Shawnalee
  • Gathering of Chairs & Directors of Academic Departments | September 11-May 7
    First Tuesday of the Month | September 11- May 7 | GHH 105 | 8:30-9:45 AM | Register Here
    Next meeting is October 2nd. 
    Dr. Clare Dannenberg (Chair, Anthropology) will be leading a monthly gathering for chairs/directors. Generally speaking, this session will occur on the first Tuesday of each month, though the September session will be held September 11. Topics of discussion and activities will vary with sessions designed to address shared interests and challenges common for those serving in the chair/director role in academic departments.
  • Indigenous Author & Activist Winona LaDuke at UAA & APU | November 8 & 9

    Indigenous Author




    Winona LaDuke

    at the University of Alaska Anchorage


    Nov. 8-9, 2018 | Events are free & open to the public



    The Next Energy Economy:

    Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change, and How We Move Ahead


    7 pm, 11/9, UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium



    UAA values inclusion and access.

    Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations may call 907-786-4605 or email Every reasonable effort will be made to provide accommodations.


    THURSDAY 11/8                                                                

    Leading from the Heart:  Activism, Identity & Community Empowerment

    11:30 am-1:30 pm UAA/APU Consortium Library Rm 307


    All Our Relations:  Environmental Justice and Community Empowerment

    2:30-4:30 pm UAA/APU Consortium Library Rm 307


    Potluck Honoring Winona

    6-8:30 pm | APU Atwood Bldg  Please bring a dish to share. 


    FRIDAY 11/9

    Indigenous Community Empowerment & Resistance

    2-3:30 pm UAA/APU Consortium Library Rm 307


    The Next Energy Economy

    7:00pm Wendy Williamson Auditorium



    Presented by:  Alaska Airlines and Books of the Year





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