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Center for Faculty Development

Center staff

Daryl Parks, director, (biography)

Mousumi Munmun, interim associate director, (biography)

Deb Hundt, office coordinator, (biography)

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The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) supports community and resident faculty in innovative teaching, scholarship, and service to promote transformational student learning in a diverse, antiracist, urban learning community.


The CFD will support a faculty culture of authentic collaboration, anti-racist instruction and scholarship, and curricular innovation in support of sustained student engagement, educational justice, and social transformation.


  • Antiracist teaching and scholarship: To support all faculty in interrupting and overcoming structural and individual systems that perpetuate racist disparities in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Authenticity: To be open and honest in all actions of the CFD, including communication, relationships, and practices.
  • Community Engagement: to support scholarship, teaching, and service that engages with the knowledge and practices of metro-area communities and organizations, working to build authentic, collectively-beneficial partnerships.
  • Educational Justice: To work to eliminate racial, gender, sexual, and all other socio-economic injustices that structure higher education, while valuing the voices and knowledge of those outside higher education.
  • Experimentation: To support the success of all students, we emphasize reflective, iterative processes and the ongoing development of new methods and modes of course design, instruction, assessment, and scholarship, including risk taking, embracing both failure and success in order to reimagine the limits of effective education.
  • Relationships and collaboration: To bridge disciplinary divides and connect faculty across units and academic rank to build a collaborative, mutually supportive campus culture for the benefit of underserved, post-traditional students.

News and events

Educator Learning Communities 

We are thrilled to announce these groups early in January, 2024. They allow you to sign up to meet with colleagues during the semester on a topic of your choice, including culturally responsive teaching, improving online instruction, anti-racist assessment, and many more. Watch your email for that announcement and registration link!

Tuesday Morning Writing Group, 10–11 a.m., via Zoom

If you have a writing project that you are looking to make headway on, please join us for some shared-accountability! For these virtual meetings, we use the "pomodoro technique"—two timed 25-minute writing blocks with a 10-minute conversation break in between. This is a great way to get some writing done before the week's obligations start crowding out writing time!

For the next several weeks, we will be meeting via Zoom most Tuesdays at 10 a.m., starting January 16. Please join via Zoom, meeting ID: 942 2478 9425, passcode: CFD.

President's Roundtable: Enhancing Collaboration with Community Faculty, Thursday, March 21 (5–6 p.m.), via Zoom

President Arthur would like to strengthen the engagement of community faculty at Metro State, particularly around the strategic planning process that will be initiated this spring and extends to other opportunities for engagement. This roundtable is an opportunity for open, collaborative dialogue between community faculty members and the Metro President.  

You are invited to bring your insights, experiences, and suggestions to the conversation in order to strengthen the collaboration between the university leadership and community faculty. Please let us know if you are available to join us for this important roundtable. We look forward to your participation and the valuable contributions you will bring to this collaborative discussion.

Click here if you wish to register for the event

Summer Workshop Opportunities 

The Center for Faculty Development is pleased to offer two, in-person workshop opportunities to a group of resident and community faculty on May 7 (Tuesday) and May 8 (Wednesday).  Stipends will be awarded—2 duty days (RF) & .66 of 1 credit (CF). Faculty who’ve previously taken these workshops with Dr. Chuuon are not eligible for this summer’s workshops.

Dr. Vichet Chhuon, associate professor, University of Minnesota, and book review editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement, will facilitate two engaging sessions. 

(Session 1) “Asian American Students: Culturally Responsive Teaching to Engage Identities” on May 7 (9:15 a.m.–1 p.m.), Saint Paul campus, Library and Learning Center Ecolab room 302 

(Session 2) “Disrupting Dominant Discourses and Racial Microaggressions in Higher Education” on May 8 (9:15 a.m.–1 p.m.), Saint Paul campus, Library and Learning Center Ecolab room 302

9:15–9:30 a.m.: drinks and light snacks. 
9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.: workshop session. 

Both sessions will be held in the Ecolab room 302, top floor of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul campus. 

Click here if you wish to register for the event. 

Summer Semester New Community Faculty Orientation, May 9, 2024, 5–7:30 p.m., Saint Paul, LIB 302 Ecolab. 

Our spring semester community faculty orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saint Paul campus, Library and Learning Center 302 Ecolab. Both new and continuing community faculty (looking for a "refresher") are welcome to participate. President Ginny Arthur and Provost Amy Gort will join us to welcome new community faculty. At the orientation, representatives from several units will offer resources to help you hit the ground running. Topics will include: human resources, library and writing resources, D2L and other leaning and information technologies, academic integrity, equity, accessibility resources, classroom management, and Metro’s faculty union the IFO.  

This event will be a great opportunity to network with colleagues, deepen connections with student and faculty services on campus, and get all of your start of the semester questions answered in one stop.  

We will have pizza and RSVPs requested by May 3. 

Click here if you wish to register for the event

Teaching and learning resources

General faculty resources for teaching and learning.

Grants, scholarships and awards

Faculty grants, Fulbright and other faculty awards.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Faculty guidance on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).