Faculty Development & Instructional Support

  • Faculty Development and Instructional Support

    AI&e, CAFE, and CCEL support faculty and provide professional development opportunities. Explore this combined website to learn about effective teaching strategies, course design, community discussions, faculty best practices, learning communities, and more. We help faculty cultivate student learning across UAA!

Evolve your pedagogy. Teach with technology. Invest in your community. 

Upcoming Opportunities


Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 - 8:30 PM | Books of the Year Replay: How to Talk with People with Whom You Disagree

In a world divided by political and social issues, how do you get people on the other side to listen to you? Join us virtually to hear a replay of a talk given in September by Justin Lee, author of UAA Book of the Year, Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with & Maybe Even Change the World. He’ll discuss the psychological principles behind people’s resistance to new ideas and share simple, proven strategies for discussing controversial issues without losing friends. We’ll have a facilitated discussion/Q and A following the recorded presentation. Learn more and access the Zoom session at Green & Gold News.

Thursday, November 18, 2:30 - 3:45 PM | Supporting LGBTQ+ Student Success

Last of three learning community sessions! 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). Learn more and register on our Upcoming Events page. 

Thursday, November 18, 2:30 - 3:45 PM | Graduate Education Learning Community

The 2021-2022 Graduate Education Learning Community is designed to engage all those concerned with graduate education in inspired conversation centered on topics of relevance and compelling interest. Join facilitator Dr. Mary Jo Finney, Dean of the Graduate School for conversation # 3, Scholarly Projects and Theses: Similarities that Ensure Rigor. Learn more on our Upcoming Events page!

Ongoing Programming

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, 10:00 - 11:15 AM | CAFE Focus Sessions

CAFE Faculty Associate Stasia Straley is leading weekly sessions to help faculty accomplish their goals. Each session will start with a quick (1-2 minute) productivity tip, goal-setting, and then we’ll leave our cameras on (optional!), microphones off, and work for 65 solid minutes. Learn more and register on our Upcoming Events page!

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

Starting September 10, our community of practice exploring contemplative practices in higher education will run the second Friday of the month from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Learn more and register on our Upcoming Events page!

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

This series for chairs/directors of academic departments and associate deans 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, please send the updated information to uaa_cafe@alaska.edu.

Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Embracing UAA's Role as a Community Partner

Since 2006, UAA has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “Community Engaged Institution.”

UAA uses the Carnegie Foundation's definition of community engagement for our work with communities: "Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

The Center for Community Engaged Learning serves as a central locus for the intersection of student learning, faculty research, and community engagement.


Learn more about Community Engagement at UAA

Help Resources

For assistance preparing your courses for the new semester, check out the guidance under Teaching Resources and Learning TechnologiesIf these don’t answer your questions, please contact us! Due to a transitional reduction in capacity, AI&e instructional support will give priority to new instructors, meeting accessibility requirements, selecting appropriate tools/activities to meet course goals, ePortfolio, and remote test proctoring (RPNow).

If you need further assistance with Blackboard functions (including course copies, developmental shells, editing and publishing courses, and troubleshooting) or other UAA core tools, please contact IT Services. Kenai Peninsula College instructors should start with the KPC Educational Technology Team.

Visit our Help page to sign up for a course design or RPNow testing consultation.

Faculty Development & Instructional Support Help

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