Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Who We Are

Victoria Bhavsar

Victoria Bhavsar, Ph.D.

Building 1, Room 227
Carla Tetreault

Carla Tetreault, B.A.

Administrative Coordinator
Building 1, Room 227
April Dawn

April Dawn, M.A.Ed.

Lead Sr. Instructional Designer
Building 1, Room 223
Eric Davis

Eric Davis, M.A.Ed.

Instructional Designer
Building 1, Room 205B
Thomas Jenkins

Thomas Jenkins, B.L.S.

Instructional Designer
Building 1, Room 227
Donya Rahimi

Donya Rahimi, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Instructional Designer
Building 1, Room 227
Erick Zelaya

Erick Zelaya, M.A.Ed.

Sr. Multimedia Developer
Building 1, Room 223B
Richard Feldman

Richard Feldman, M.A.Ed.

Multimedia Developer
Building 1, Room 223A
Tommy Gaston

Tommy Gaston, B.S.

Instructional Technology Consultant
Building 1, Room 205A

Our Mission

Our vision is that every Cal Poly Pomona faculty member receives opportunities and encouragement to enhance their skills in disciplinary expertise, effective educational practices, and effective service practices and opportunities.  Every faculty member on this campus should have access to a community of scholars and colleagues.


Our Values

The staff of CAFE and the members of the Faculty Development Advisory Committee are committed to the following values related to the multi-faceted roles of faculty:

  • We value deep learning. We believe that faculty can foster student learning through careful preparation, effective feedback, and excellent course design.
  • We value creative scholarship. We value time to produce scholarship, including the scholarship of teaching and learning, and we support faculty in developing strategies for the most effective and efficient use of time.
  • We value a shared understanding of and responsibility for the university community. We believe in fostering community among all members of the university, especially to accomplish collaborative work that is intellectually rewarding. We value opportunities to support faculty in creating rich careers that include sustainable work-life balance.
  • We believe that learning drives technology. Technology choices are carefully curated to support cognitive, affective, and psychomotor functions that lead to learning.
  • We believe that learning should be accessible to all. We value universal design for learning solutions and strive to incorporate legal accessibility solutions throughout a project.
  • We value research-based recommendations. We base recommendations on current knowledge about pedagogical strategies and available technologies.
  • We value professionalism. We take pride in the quality of our work, which includes attending to the quality of your experience with us. We strive to be responsive, respectful, and thorough.
  • We value relationships with faculty and the collaborative instructional design process. We take time to explore goals and needs thoroughly, not jumping to premature solutions. We take time to evaluate and redesign solutions when necessary.
  • We value the instructional design culture. We encourage a community of learning, in which ideas and best practices are unselfishly shared for the good of our mission.