Events & Programs

Dr. John-Shields presenting 
2019 AI&e and CAFE Faculty Associate Dr. Panigkaq Agatha John-Shields presenting to colleagues on Alaska Native ways of teaching and learning.

Although faculty members are experts in a given academic discipline, most receive little training and development as educators. Faculty development is the means by which faculty develop teaching skills and come to understand the learning process.

Through cross-disciplinary onboarding events, workshops, learning communities, conference-style academies, intensives, and peer-led programming, UAA faculty develop, practice, critically evaluate, and expand evidence-based pedagogies and practices that serve the needs of our diverse community of learners.

Upcoming Events

Visit our Upcoming Events page to learn more and register for:


Event Recordings

  • Recordings and materials from select 2020-21 Teaching Academy sessions are available in a Teaching Academy self-enrolling Blackboard course (UA only). Fall Teaching Academy 2021 recordings will be added here
  • Pivot 3: Self-Paced Course Design & Development (self-enrolling Blackboard course, UA only) has links to several workshops to help faculty transition to remote delivery. Topics include UAA’s student population, interaction in online classes, inclusive online teaching, and designing assessments

 Programs and Faculty Cohorts

We facilitate programs for UAA and the community, including:

  • UAA/APU Books of the Year: Established in 2006, the UAA/APU Books of the Year program offers university and community members a chance to use shared texts to engage in conversations around critical themes
  • Difficult Dialogues: This program offers strategies for classrooms and public events, facilitates workshops around the state, and has created three handbooks to help faculty, faculty developers and university leaders more effectively engage campus communities in conversations about important issues
  • Dialogues for Public Life: Co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement & Learning, the UAA Ethics Center, and the UAA School of Social Work, Dialogues for Public Life was created when UAA was invited to participate as a member of a national learning exchange cohort with The Kettering Foundation

Our professional development programs bring faculty together for deeper dives into select areas of interest:

  • The UAA Teaching Academy is held twice a year, in August (Fall Teaching Academy) and January (Winter Teaching Academy). In addition to training and sessions updating faculty on issues of interest, the Teaching Academy frequently includes sessions launching or presenting on the work of faculty cohorts, from the Textbook Affordability Fellows to year-long faculty learning communities
  • Community Engaged Research Fellows is a year-long program that was created to support community-engaged (CE) research efforts through an exchange of ideas and knowledge about partnership development, CE research methodologies, and publishing your research.
  • Faculty Learning Communities for 2021-22 will be announced soon
  • Making Learning Visible is UAA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) program which addresses how teachers can not only improve their expertise in the field, but also develop and document pedagogical expertise
  • UAA Technology Fellows is a long-standing learning community that fosters student success through sound course design and the integration of technology to enhance both teaching and learning. The next Tech Fellows cohort will launch in Spring 2022
  • Quality Matters offers a process to improve and certify the design of online and blended courses. It is an international organization that provides peer-reviewed, quality assurance certification. UAA has been a member of Quality Matters for many years

Faculty Development & Instructional Support 
Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Academic Innovations & eLearning, and Center for Community Engagement and Learning
Library 213 • (907) 786-4496  Mon – Fri, 8a – 5p