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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 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. 
12 Weeks to Your Journal Article 
4-5:15 PM | ADM 143 B 
Guided Sessions: March 29th & April 12th   

Optional Write-On-Site: April 5th  



Faculty Development COW Awards

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The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence invites all faculty to our annual celebration of faculty development activities. We'll be highlighting work by specific faculty members; honoring outstanding efforts in support of the faculty community; and presenting our CAFE-Oh-Wow (COW) Awards for exemplary work on behalf of faculty development. Come help us recognize the inspiring work by and for the faculty community! 

Light lunch is available with registration                                                                                   Register Now!                                                                                                                        

How to Teach and Talk about Narratives of Sexual Violence: 

A Difficult Dialogues Workshop 

The Alaska Quarterly Review, UAA's nationally lauded literary journal, recently hosted a public event that featured a dramatic reading of the acclaimed essay White Horse by Eliese Colette Goldbach, which describes an on-campus rape; the reading was followed by a panel discussion. 
This session offers a followup to that conversation, and will introduce educators to a number of strategies drawn from UAA's internationally recognized Difficult Dialogues publication,  Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education. Join us to explore the range of tools available to instructors seeking to effectively help their students explore these issues in an academic setting.
When: Thuesday, April 4, 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Where: LIB 302 A
Light lunch available with RSVP


  • 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.  

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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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