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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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Mission

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.

News and Events

  • Call for Proposals! Present at Metro's Spring Faculty Virtual Conference, March 18, 2023, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Advancing Engagement, Effectiveness, and Inclusion                                    

    Our Metro State Community continues to emerge from the unprecedented challenges of recent years. Isolation, fragmentation, and marginalization are but a few words to describe recent, collective experiences. Our teaching and learning remain primarily virtual, yet many have returned to face-to-face events and instruction. How do we navigate the echoes of our recent experiences with our gradual return to more traditional relationships and interactions? What are we learning?

    This year’s Spring Faculty Conference (via Zoom) provides spaces to share lessons learned, future directions, and the complexity of our shared experiences as we seek improved engagement, effectiveness, and inclusion at Metro State. Questions you might consider include the following:

    • How might we improve our teaching effectiveness?
    • How do we better support and include diverse students and colleagues?
    • What did we learn in recent years that can shape a more just, healthy future?
    • How might we strengthen student engagement in our classrooms? 
    • How might we address continued traumas in & around us?
    • What online tools & strategies hold promise for improving our teaching, learning, engagement?
    • How do we improve our synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, in-person, & high flex instruction?
    • What changes have we made to our policies, assessments, and assignments in order to support diverse students’ success?
    • What does anti-racist teaching, curriculum, and advising look like at Metro?
    • What changes in classroom activities (e.g., assessments, assignments) hold promise?

      We invite your proposals for the virtual conference, an opportunity to share important knowledge and practice. Additional details and program applications available HERE. Submissions due by February 11, 2023. Workshop lengths are either 25 minutes or 50 minutes. Shorter workshops are chances for sharing quick tips and demonstrating tools with which you’ve had success; longer workshops are designed for more complex topics, team presentations or discussions. All are welcome!
  • CFD Workshop 1: Mental health awareness
    • Wednesday, September 28, 4–5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration requested.
    • Zoom link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/95556301820, Meeting ID: 955 5630 1820, Passcode: CFD
      Faculty are often first responder to students’ mental health issues. Students have many factors that impact their mental well-being, including: financial stressors, family obligations, academic uncertainty, and/or stigma around seeking help. Metro State data from the National College Health Assessment as well as internal surveys show increasing mental health needs. Public health concerns and social injustices in our community have only exacerbated the trauma our students have experienced. CFD’s Mental Health Awareness Workshop prepares faculty to support Metro State students. Associate Provost Bobbie Anderson will provide an overview of the Counseling Center and campus resources available.
  • Innocent Classroom movement: Zoom meetings—Fridays October 14, November 4, January 13, February 10, and March 17  from 10 a.m.–noon; sign up before September 30!
  • CFD Workshop 2: Building career readiness into your classes
    • Thursday, October 20, 4–5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration requested.
    • Zoom Link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/95556301820, Meeting ID: 955 5630 1820, Passcode: CFD
      You’ve heard about Metro State’s Career Readiness Project and now you are ready to take the next step. But how do you do it? Where to start? What does it look like and just what are you asking us to do?!
      Our goal is to make sure that implementing Career Readiness is not a heavy lift for anyone. In fact, you might be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is! Please join Bill Baldus, Career Center director, and faculty members Susan Hilal and Miriam Nkemnji-Enohnyaket, to learn more about the project in this hands-on training session. We will build capacity by reflecting on the Career Competencies, brainstorming ideas, and taking concrete steps together to integrate career readiness into your class.
  • CFD Workshop 3: Equity and inclusion
    • Wednesday, November 9, 4–5:30 p.m., via Zoom. Details to be announced
  • Fall Weekly Writing group on Tuesdays from 10–11 a.m.: Join (Passcode: 314665)

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).