CAFE Events


The Spring 2020 Faculty Professional Development Calendar is now available. To register for CAFE-sponsored events, go here.

FACULTY AWARDS for 2019 Announced

Please check our Faculty Awards page for a listing of the faculty awards for 2019.


 Spring ntt social gatherings

  • Tuesday, February 18 (11:30-1:30) Lunch at Panera 
  • Thursday, March 19 (9:00-11:00) Coffee at Einstein Brothers 
  • Wednesday, April 15 (4:30-6:30) Happy Hour at Hopper’s 
  • Monday, May 11 (4:30-6:30) Potluck End-of-Year Celebration (Location TBA)


TLT Registration is now open

Don't forget to register for our 2020 TLT Confernce to be held on March 12, 2020.

This year's theme is the FUTURE OF ONLINE LEARNING and our keynote speaker is Matt Gunkel, Chief eLearning Officer, University of Missouri System.

For more information or to register visit

January 14-16 - Building Blocks

BCH 216 1-4pm each day       THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

The Building Blocks Workshop will be offered over winter break Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 14-16, 1-4 p.m. each day, in 216 Butler Carlton Hall by the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence. This workshop uses "backwards" course design, focusing on essential student learning outcomes, and is for any instructor interested in designing or redesigning a course. Participants are asked to read chapters 1 and 2 of Felder and Brent's "Teaching and Learning STEM" book prior to attending. If you need a copy of this book, contact It’s also available online for free through Curtis Laws Wilson Library  -- LINK.

The Building Blocks Workshop is one of the required components of the Ten Steps to Teaching Success program as well as a requirement for anyone doing an eFellow grant.

Space is limited! Go here to register:

JANUARY 17 - Mentoring Novice Teachers through observation and feedback

RPDC, PCRMC Annex, 1100 W. 10th St., Suite E 209 10am-Noon
Speaker: Beth Kania-Gosche

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CAFE would like to congratulate the faculty members who received promotion or tenure. Great job!
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eFellows Awards

Five proposals for provost’s eFellows grants, funded by The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE), have been awarded for 2019-2020 as part of a program which promotes innovative and collaborative course design for blended or fully online courses. CAFE provided $20,000 to fund the following five projects:

  • “Course Design: Historical Representation in Video Games (History 4281),” Andrew Behrendt, assistant professor, history and political science, $5,000.
  • “American Literature Since the Civil War, Significant Course Revision and Redesign (English 1222),” Trent Brown, professor, English and technical communication, $2,500.
  • “Philosophy 1115 Introduction to Logic,” Darin Finke, associate teaching professor, arts, languages, and philosophy, $3,500.
  • “CS Software Engineering Capstone Design (CS 4090, CS 4091),” Michael Gosnell, assistant teaching professor, computer science, $4,000.
  • “Course Redesign Computer Engineering 2210 – Intro to Digital Logic,” Robert Woodley, assistant teaching professor, electrical and computer engineering, $5,000.

The provost’s eFellows program provides funding to improve the learning environment while maximizing the physical learning facilities available for instruction. Support is provided by the CAFE instructional designers using best practices for eLearning. Projects will be piloted in at least one course section in academic year 2020, and expanded to additional course sections in the following semesters. For more information about the Provost’s eFellows program, visit