​Consistent with our desire to identify, organize, share, and respond to the professional development interests of the faculty, CAFE is pleased to share the Critical Mass of Interest Among New Faculty, gathered during orientation. Many of these comments have been used to select materials to place online for faculty use, to stimulate programming solutions by the Steering Committee, and to be integrated into the New Faculty Seminar.


I. The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) is committed to every aspect of your success, at every stage of your career. In order to do this --in order to be a truly responsive Center-- we need to know what you need to succeed. With this knowledge we can more effectively design and provide programming and advocate for the support you need to succeed as teachers, scholars, and members of this thriving academic community.

Please share the first thing that comes to mind:

  1. Concrete ideas of how incorporate evidence-based teaching or other pedagogical ideas in to my classroom to move beyond lecture – centered teaching. The hardest part for me is to narrow down the millions of chances and opportunities to try these ideas, and when they will be most effective.
  2. Digest of evidence-based approaches and techniques; the ability to talk with educators who have adopted novel techniques that I'm interested in trying; support for getting regular feedback from students (perhaps survey technology).
  3. Time; developing relationships with students requires more of it outside the classroom; being part of a growing program increase the demand.
  4. Resources (equipment, facilities/marketing/travel/outreach of money)
  5. Connections in Charlotte for students wanting to work in "analytics," but aren't computer engineers. Developing a "digital skills" general education requirement.
  6. Guidance on teaching tools and eventually advising tools. Assistance with getting research grants (when I finish PhD because I will need data, etc.). Forum for brainstorming teaching strategies.
  7. Learn mycourses face-to-face (just what I need first). There were webinars that covered everything and while appreciated they were so boring that it became hard to follow. How to: post syllabus, see grades-final, attendance, add homework, grade homework.
  8. How to lead more discussion type activities during lecture time. Hands on learning activities and group work ideas.
  9. As a brand new teacher I would love a list of great articles to read.
  10. Innovating teaching methods into lecture.
  11. Ideas that make teaching (lecturing) easier, so I can focus on what the student needs to know. I tend to get nervous and lose my concentration at times. Better orientation one on one with a readily available mentor, who will tell me the little things I need to know (forms to complete at the end of semester). How does the "cloud" work? I went to a class, but it was all "computer speak" and I didn't understand- it started out with an IT specialist assuming everyone knew what they were talking about.
  12. Opportunities to observe a class (different discipline) to learn various teaching techniques. Provide information on continuing education offering focused on teaching strategies.
  13. Training/ ideas on how to teach highly technical concepts in an active, dynamic way (i.e., not just standing at the front of the class and lecturing at students).
  14. Introducing to classroom and administration and scholarly innovations. What works technologically and why? What have other faculty found and used? Access to conferences. Understand new general ED curriculum.
  15. A mentor and opportunities to share effective teaching methods, evaluation methods, inspiration to be more successful and help me grow as an educator and scholar, "learn the ropes", be more creative in teaching. Opportunities to collaborate across disciplines.
  16. I would like to have someone available to help with statistical analysis as I write and present topics from my teaching- something that will help with publication and research.
  17. Creative teaching strategies, interdisciplinary teaching success, sharing with all colleges, ideas for bringing English as second language students for success.
  18. IT stuff that's more accessible to faculty. Not long, canned videos, but specific videos, docs, manuals, and workshops. Inventory of tech- who is doing and using what to accomplish different goals. Tech support for students. Education tech; list of existing and new technologies, uses, and power uses


II. The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) offers numerous opportunities for faculty to grow professionally and in tandem with –and even ahead of the curve of—trends in teaching, learning, scholarship, service, and engagement. We can help faculty learn more about new and existing technologies on campus, as well as how to use them to accomplish learning and scholarly goals. Ditto for becoming involved in our General Education program, civic engagement and service learning experiences, and high impact pedagogical practices. If there are programs, technologies, or opportunities you would like to learn more about –even if you don't know them by name, but know that you would like to learn more about solutions in general—let us know!

Please share the first thing that comes to mind:

  1. Flipped classrooms and how to best assess student learning.
  2. Blended learning; training for teachers w/o shames, to be able to learn more about teaching subjects by watching others teach it.
  3. Explore new software or updated software, helpful apps, I often find out about from students
  4. Online music resources and online journal publication subscriptions
  5. Adjusting courses towards a digitally driven knowledge environment. Is there digitally/technology assistance for students?
  6. Blogging
  7. I do really like the carnage program
  8. Mycourses help for fully online classes
  9. I would like to know "mycourses" better. I attended the online webinar, but I left wanting more information.
  10. Foreign language.
  11. Learn more about new trends in teaching. Service opportunities.
  12. Projecting what is written on a tablet to the class so the instructor can write on the tablet rather than writing on the board.
  13. Wireless projectors, improving student writing, electronic vita.
  14. I would like to know how other departments are handling distance ed. Since I teach primarily online graduate students, how are others handling this platform?
  15. Technology- more frequent updates, mycourses, one drive.
  16. Share/ post a CAFÉ site model syllabi, work with Joli. Workshops for disabilities, social justice, race gender and identity reality.


III. The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE) strives to be highly responsive and inclusive. If you are using a particular technology creatively, engaging students dynamically, or pursuing scholarship successfully, we would like to know! This not only helps us recognize the outstanding efforts of our faculty, but it helps us connect people and share tactics across the curriculum. Likewise, if you have an idea for a workshop, an institute, things that you think we should do to enhance faculty support and success, please Contribute an Idea! Likewise, if there is something cool or interesting that you are working on or do, or a unique skill you possess, or if there is a program or practice that you would like to share with your colleagues in order to help them succeed, please let us know in the space provided below.

Please share the first thing that comes to mind:

  1. All my lectures are audio recorded, students come to class to take a quiz and then participate in an activity to facilitate the learning.
  2. So creative
  3. Governance Policy, Social media analytics.
  4. Nothing comes to mind-sorry
  5. Use quantitative methods and mathematical models. There are great free software available (net loops) that can be used in a variety of courses. Good for visualization and synthesis of lots of concepts.

IV. Finally, please answer the following question:

Faculty development is at its best/most useful when it:

  1. Engages faculty members' curiosity about and dedication to good teaching.
  2. Shows me how to do something, lets me practice, review
  3. It's clean and informative
  4. Applicable to the attendees everyday duties
  5. Frequent and saved where we can refer to it later.
  6. Covers my immediate needs first

It is at its worst when it:

  1. Prescriptive and evangelical about particular approaches of techniques
  2. I'm inspired to do more, but not helped with my foundation skills of mycourses.
  3. Doesn't apply to
  4. Does not engage the faculty and apply the principles soon after.
  5. Monotonous