DENVER – Nearly 10 years ago, a task force at CU Denver was charged with examining faculty needs for professional development. As a result, the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) was established.

Ellen Stevens, PhD, associate professor, School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) was tapped to fill the director role in 2004. Now as she prepares to retire, her SEHD colleague Donna Sobel (photo above), PhD, associate professor, has been named acting director effective July 1.

“It’s an honor to be asked to fill this role,” said Sobel. “The Center for Faculty Development means a lot to me and to other faculty at all levels of their careers for the support and resources it provides.”

During the transition, Sobel will be joined in the CFD offices (Lawrence Street Center, third floor) by Faculty Fellow Joni Dunlap, associate professor, SEHD.

Also actively supporting CFD efforts will be Master Mentor and Professor Brenda J. Allen, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Faculty Fellow Mary Connelly, associate professor, College of Arts & Media.

Ongoing resources and services through CFD:
•New Faculty Orientation
•Workshops about teaching, using technology in teaching, RTP, portfolio development, etc.
•Providing individual teaching consultations
•Organize and lead New Faculty Orientation
•Established and now maintain a Teaching Mentors program
•YUMPS (Young Upwardly Mobile Professors)–conceived of, and directed (for many years) by Professor Bob Damrauer
•Annual Faculty Development grants

CFD projects:
•Creation of the Faculty Awards Gallery in cooperation with associate vice chancellor for academic affairs
•Pilot clicker program
•Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program
•Merlot/Elixr Digital Case Study project
•New Faculty Orientation Policy
•Online New Faculty Orientation
•Syllabus Policy
•Teaching Effectiveness
•Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award
•CFD Foundation Fund—Major contributors, Bob & Lenne Damrauer

Funds awarded to faculty between 2004-12
“Since the beginning of the CFD,” Stevens said, “our faculty have submitted many thoughtful and amazing research proposals. The ideas outlined in these submissions generally touch on nearly every basic field of study in our university.”

The CFD has awarded more than $535,000 to 190 faculty members over the past eight years. A number of grants have served to bridge earlier research pursuits for following up. Sometimes this funding has enabled the faculty member to initiate or complete a particular study. Many times, the research we’ve funded triggered more expansive research that received support through other agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health. In addition, these awards have supported faculty with projects related to their teaching.

Recognizing Stevens’ work
To wish Stevens’ well and thank her for her work during the past 25 years at CU Denver and in the CFD, faculty and staff are invited to a reception today, June 19, 3 – 5 p.m. in the Terrace Room, second floor, Lawrence Street Center.

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