Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Upcoming Programs & Events

Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable Teaching

2024 Wall of COOL Nominations

Submission Deadline: Oct 15, 2023
Overview: We're inviting nominations for the 2024 Wall of COOL! This light-hearted (but not light-weight!) award from CAFE recognizes excellent courses that effectively use technology to enhance student learning and success.

Nominate your course today!

Faculty Peer-to-Peer Coaching

Date: Fall 2023, Join ASAP
Overview: Have you ever wished someone would visit your class and give feedback that would not go into any official documentation? Faculty peer-to-peer reciprocal coaching is just exactly that!

Contact Victoria Bhavsar for details.


Technology Tuesdays

Date: Every other Tuesday, Sep 26 - Nov 21, 12:00 - 12:50pm
Format: Online via Zoom
Overview: These quick-hit learning technology sessions will provide practical information and keep you updated.

CPP Symposium on AI in the Classroom and Beyond

Date: Nov 3, 2023, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Format: In person
Overview: CPP's first "Symposium on AI in the Classroom and Beyond" gives different perspectives and practical ideas.

Faculty Community and Career

Finding Retirement Fulfillment Learning Community (FRFLC)

Join a community to create strategies for contributing expertise, mentorship, and leadership in your last few years as faculty and after retirement! Contact Lisa Kessler.

Supported by the Kellogg Legacy grant Optimizing the Lifecycle of the Professoriate: Thriving Faculty = Thriving Students.

Parenting Faculty Group

This informal community is open to all lecturers and tenure-line faculty who are parents or parents-to-be — with "parenting" defined expansively. If you consider yourself a parent, you are one!

To join, contact Julie Shen, Giselle Navarro-Cruz, or Sally Romero.

Kellogg Doctoral Mentoring Program for Faculty Diversity

Seeking Faculty Mentors for the Doctoral Student Mentoring Program AY 23 cohort. Guide and encourage a doctoral student from a similar discipline regarding success in doctoral work, applying to faculty positions, etc.

This academic year commitment comes with a small stipend and mentoring training. Interested faculty should email Dr. Eligio Martinez.

Everybody's Mentor

Lisa Kessler, CAFE faculty associate and retired interim Dean of Agriculture, provides individual, confidential consultation and coaching.

Email Lisa directly to set up an appointment.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

“Micro”-SoTL and SoP Learning Community

A 2023-2024 learning community for faculty and academic staff to create and implement very small, short term (days or weeks, not months!) scholarship of teaching & learning or scholarship of practice projects.

Contact Donya Rahimi for details.

CAFE Creates Fall 2023

Join other faculty via Zoom to get writing done in a low-pressure, high-productivity environment — state your goals. Sit and write. Cheer each other on!

Contact Email Erica Morales for calendar invites on Wednesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Contact Email Amy Dao for calendar invites on Thursdays 9:00 – 11:00am.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

CPP has an institutional membership to the premier professional development provider for faculty success. Activate your membership to get extensive resources on scholarship, publishing, and mentoring.

Feedback on SPICE and RSCA grant proposals

Lisa Kessler will provide individual, confidential feedback on proposals.

Email Lisa directly to set up an appointment.

On Your Own Resources

Recommended Reading & Resources

An assortment of useful materials to peruse at your leisure.

Fundamentals of Accessibility

Format: Online via Canvas
Overview: The Fundamentals of Accessibility eCertificate will show you how to get started with incorporating best accessibility practices as an instructor at Cal Poly Pomona; certificate available for completion.

Intro to Teaching with Canvas Course

Format: Online via Canvas
Overview: This course will walk you through the basic steps for using Canvas to offer a good experience for your students.