Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Upcoming Programs & Events

Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable Teaching

Fearless Classroom Toolkit Workshop

Date: March 1, 12:05pm-12:50pm
Overview: CAFE in collaboration with faculty from our Fearless Classroom Toolkit Planning Group have developed a collection of resources for creating a Fearless Classroom.

De-Escalating Dialogues Workshop

Date: Mar 14, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Overview: Join Michelle Elrod (EODA) and Victoria Bhavsar (CAFE) to get strategies for de-escalating conflicts with students, especially ones that bubble up over email. Discuss course design & policy strategies that head off conflicts with students to begin with.

register for De-Escalating Dialogues workshop

Equity in Practice Symposium

Date: Apr 19, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Overview: CAFE, the Office of Student Success, and IRPA invite faculty and staff to offer presentations and posters on their work. Our goal is to connect people and illuminate and amplify effective practices. We’ll also present the 2024 Wall of COOL awards! Save the date and watch for the call for presentations.

visit symposium website to register

Faculty Community and Career

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.

Peer Review of Teaching

Date: Feb 28 or Feb 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Overview: Cal Poly Pomona's evaluation of faculty teaching relies on careful, constructive peer review. How can peer review be more consistent, more useful, and less time-consuming, while being in alignment with Cal Poly Pomona policy?

Faculty Day

Date: May 9, 11:30am - 1pm, come as you can, leave when you need to
Location: Centerpointe Dining Commons
Overview: Join CAFE for a celebration of CPP faculty at Faculty Day 2024, a long-standing celebration and event for pure enjoyment. This is CAFE's treat! All CPP faculty - full-time, part-time, retired, new, and all in between - are invited to enjoy lunch and time with colleagues.

visit Faculty Day website to register

Finding Retirement Fulfillment FLC

All faculty thinking ahead to better plan this career chapter are welcome to join this supportive, confidential faculty learning community.

Please email Lisa Kessler, CAFE’s FERP Faculty Associate.

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

Call for Presentations: Equity in Practice Symposium

Date: Mar 1, 5:00pm
Overview: CAFE, the Office of Student Success, and IRPA invite faculty and staff to offer presentations and posters describing your work toward student success at the Equity in Practice Symposium. Our goal is to illuminate and amplify effective practices and to spread the word about campus resources. Tell everyone about your work!

Presentation proposals are due Friday, Mar 1, 5:00pm (requires CPP log-in). Contact Victoria Bhavsar for questions.

“CAFE Creates” Weekly Writing Group

Date: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm and Thursdays, 9:00am-11:00am
Location: Online via Zoom
Overview: Join other faculty via Zoom to write in a low-pressure, high-productivity environment. For questions or to get a calendar invitation, contact Amy Dao (Geography).

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.

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.