Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Who We Are


CAFE Team Member Phone Email Office Location
Victoria Bhavsar, Ph.D.
(909) 869 - 4640 Building 1, Room 227
Carla Tetreault, B.A.
Administrative Analyst
(909) 869 - 2890 Building 1, Room 227

Instructional Designers

CAFE Team Member Phone Email Office Location
April Dawn, M.A.Ed.
Lead, Sr. Instructional Designer
(909) 979 - 6307 Building 1, Room 223
Eric Davis, B.S.B.A.
Instructional Designer
(909) 979 - 6418 Building 1, Room 227
Yajaira Garcia, M.A.
Instructional Designer
-- Building 1, Room 205A
Donya Rahimi, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer
(909) 979 - 6748 Building 1, Room 227

Multimedia Developers

CAFE Team Member Phone Email Office Location
Erick Zelaya, M.A.Ed.
Sr. Multimedia Developer
(909) 979 - 6409 Building 1, Room 223B
Richard Feldman, M.A.Ed.
Multimedia Developer
(909) 979 - 6337 Building 1, Room 223A

Technology Support

CAFE Team Member Phone Email Office Location
Ann Loomis
LMS Administrator
(909) 869 - 5020 Building, Room 205B
(inside Studio 6)
CAFE's Studio 6
Computer Lab
(909) 869 - 3099
Building 1, Room 205C

Faculty Development

CAFE Team Member Phone Email Office Location
Victoria Bhavsar, Ph.D.
(909) 869 - 4640 Building 1, Room 227
April Dawn, M.A.Ed.
Lead Sr. Instructional Designer
(909) 979 - 6307 Building 1, Room 223
Lisa Kessler, DrPH., Emeritus
Faculty Associate

-- Building 1, Room 227

Our Mission

We help faculty thrive so their students thrive.

Our Vision

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.

CAFE Advisory Committee

The CAFE Advisory Committee is appointed by the Academic Senate, with a goal of including 2 representatives from each College.