Upcoming Faculty Development & Community-Engagement Events

Tuesdays, 8:15 - 9:30 AM | Headwaters

Headwaters is our onboarding and support series for new/junior faculty. Building on topics introduced at New Faculty Orientation, we cover a range of essentials and provide opportunities for new and junior faculty to raise questions and discuss areas of uncertainty.


Tuesdays, Starting August 31, 10:00 -11:15 AM | CAFE Focus Sessions

Do you start the week with a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, but by the end of the week are you left wondering where your time went? Maybe you're still looking at those same items on your to-do list?

Join us for Focus Sessions via Zoom! Launched by CAFE Faculty Associate Stasia Straley, this series will involve weekly 75-minute sessions. Each session will start with a quick (1-2 minute) productivity tip and then everyone will share in chat what they plan to accomplish during our session. We’ll leave our cameras on (optional!), microphones off, and work for 65 solid minutes. At the end of our time, you’ll put in chat what you’ve accomplished!

Set aside some time to accomplish your goals, whether that’s researching, writing, putting efforts into improving your teaching methods, or taking time for self-care. Put this time on your calendar and honor it like you would any other appointment - you deserve it!

CAFE Focus Sessions, one of our fall learning communities, will run weekly on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:15 AM starting August 31 and ending December 7. Attend one session, attend all sessions, or do something in the middle - do whatever works best for you! See you there!

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Fridays (2nd of the month), 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Contemplative Practices in Higher Education

Our community of practice exploring contemplative practices in higher education will reconvene starting September 10, and will run the second Friday of the month from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Sessions will be held via Zoom. Newcomers and returning participants are welcome.
Questions? Contact Jen McClung (Writing), the CAFE Faculty Associate who serves as the peer lead for this community.

More Learning Communities Coming Soon! Watch for dates, times, and registration details on...

  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Teaching & Supporting Graduate Students
  • Supporting Success for LGBTQ+ Students
  • Development & Support for Chairs / Directors of Academic Departments

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Mondays, October 4 - November 29, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Working with Uncertainty and Change: Using Mindfulness to Cope with Hard Times

This course is full. If you are interested in taking a future course, please email Libby Roderick (CAFE) at eroderick@alaska.edu.


This 8-week virtual mindfulness-based course for UAA faculty and staff, facilitated by Dr. Vanessa Meade (Social Work) and Libby Roderick (Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence), will utilize mindfulness practices, readings, and structured dialogue to develop life-long practices for staying mindful and connected in the midst of hardship.


Thursdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, and Nov.18, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM | Supporting LGBTQ+ Student Success

A Learning Community for Faculty and Staff

Facilitators: Dr. Ginger Blackmon (School of Education) and Sara Caldwell-Kan (Director, Multicultural Center)

Open to faculty and staff, this community's discussions will be based on the book, Supporting Success for LGBTQ+ Students: Tools for Inclusive Campus Practice (free eBook available via the Consortium Library). Written by Dr. Cindy Ann Kilgo (Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University) this resource has been added to the collection in the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Many thanks to Jennifer McKay and Connie Thomas in the Consortium Library for obtaining this resource in support of this Learning Community! Each session covers two chapters of the book, as well as the related areas of interest/concern across UAA

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Friday, October 22, 29, and November 5, 11:45 am - 1:00 PM | Teaching Climate Change Across the Curriculum

Facilitator: Dr. Travis Rector (Physics & Astronomy).


Please note the change of date--The last several months have seen more frequent, bigger wildfires, an increase in the number and intensity of tropical storms, and unprecedented, extreme heat in areas like the Pacific Northwest. These phenomena demonstrate once again that climate change is, arguably, the key issue of our times – perhaps of all times. Alaska is already seeing dramatic impacts and they are only expected to accelerate in coming years. To help equip students for 21st-century climate  challenges, it is important for them to understand how climate change impacts the topics they learn in every class. This faculty learning community offers an opportunity to get support and ideas for building climate change into one or more of your courses. Sessions will explore climate change science and communication, as well as ideas for designing and planning a climate change unit, assignment, or activity.  Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Please direct questions to Libby Roderick at eroderick@alaska.edu.

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October 26 - November 5 | UA Disability Services Conference

The Disability Support Services entities at UAA, UAF, and UAS are collaborating to offer a system-wide, multi-session conference that will run October 26 through November 5. All sessions are free and open to faculty and staff. View the Disability Services schedule of events online.

 Please direct questions to Disability Support Services at uaa_dss@alaska.edu.

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Tuesday, October 26, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

A Quality Matters Workshop

Facilitator: Dan LaSota (UAF)

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized program designed to help you reflect on and improve your online course. Grounded in research and guided by best practices, this program has been invaluable to many of your colleagues in a wide range of disciplines.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is a rigorous workshop for faculty, administrators, and staff to become familiar with the QM Rubric and the course review process. Participants learn to apply the concept of alignment and to draft helpful recommendations for course improvement. Questions? Reach out to us at uaa_design@alaska.edu.

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October 29 - November 12, online, asynchronous course | Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

A Quality Matters Workshop

Facilitators: Jon Farmer (KPC) and Janene McMahon (UAF)

The Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop is an opportunity for faculty to learn about the Quality Matters rubric and peer review process by applying the 23 essential standards to one of their own courses.
Participants MUST have a developed course shell (in Blackboard or other online location) to work on for completing a Self-Review, implementing some of the design changes, and reflecting on their own blended or online course design. Questions? Reach out to us at uaa_design@alaska.edu.

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Wednesday, November 3, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM | Creating scaffolded and transparent assignments: An example from health sciences

This event is part of the Sharing Circle: Pandemic Teaching Issues and Solutions Learning Community

In this session, we will briefly review what it means to "scaffold" class assignments as well as how to create "transparent" assignments. We will also provide some examples of scaffolded and transparent assignments from a population health sciences class that have improved student learning outcomes and course satisfaction. 

More information coming soon!


Wednesdays (3rd of the month), 2:30 - 4:45 PM | Academic Leaders Development and Support Series

This ongoing series supports chairs/directors of academic departments and associate deans. Grounded in Jason Lane's Six Domains of Knowledge for Leaders in Higher Education, the series includes guest speakers and conversations designed to help academic leaders address some of their most pressing concerns. If you have or are a new chair/director this fall, send the updated information to uaa_cafe@alaska.edu.


January 6-7 | Winter Teaching Academy

Save the date for Winter Teaching Academy January 6 - 7, 2022. Interested in a teaching and learning topic? Have a session you'd like to present? Please let us know at uaa_cafe@alaska.edu.