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 Sessions

  • Stop Talking: Alaska Native Ways of Teaching &Learning  - August  24, September 21 & 28
    11:30 AM - 1 PM | August 24, September 21 & 28 | PSB 111 | Join via distance


    Over 10,000 years, seven major Alaska Native nations have developed teaching and learning practices that ensure the survival of their communities under often harsh conditions. These ancient approaches offer fresh insights into our place in the world and strategies to make education more engaging to a wider range of students and more relevant to the pressing challenge of global survival.  As UAA faculty, we want to ensure that our Alaska Native students receive culturally responsive teaching, and that our non-Native students are introduced to the richness of Alaska’s many indigenous cultures.

    Join us for a three-session faculty learning community based on the book Stop Talking:  Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education.  This series will introduce faculty to traditional Alaska Native ways of teaching and learning, and offer an opportunity to reflect on current teaching practices and the possibilities for broadening them to include these approaches. Together we will explore how pedagogies from Alaska’s Native cultures can enliven our teaching practices and help prepare students for the daunting challenges of the 21st century.  We will also discuss key difficult dialogues between Alaska’s Native communities and academia, and tie our work to the student learning outcomes for the new Alaska Native-themed GER launching this fall.
                          Co-sponsored by CAFE and the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee.
                                    For information, contact  

  • 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.


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