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Center For Faculty Excellence

Welcome! The Center for Faculty Excellence supports the professional growth and development of all faculty members in all areas of their work: teaching, scholarly activities, and service.

To register for upcoming events please go to:


Center for Faculty Excellence programs include:
•    Faculty Learning Communities
•    Workshops
•    Grant Support Awards

Normal Business Hours

Monday-Friday | 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Individual appointments with staff may be made until 5:00)
(Closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch except by appointment)

Grant Support Proposals Due

Grant support proposals are due Friday, February 17, 2017. For more information go to Grant Support Awards.

Spring Forum

Friday, March 31, 2017 - St. Cajetan's

Mindset for Success: Practical Strategies for Student Persistence

MSU Denver has a profound commitment to helping students develop the kinds of mindset and patterns of thought that enable them to be resilient, successful, and life-long learners.  Growth mindset is the concept that student intelligence and academic achievement is not the result of fixed, inherent, attributes but rather is the outcome of practices that can be developed and learned. This half-day forum will be a gathering of faculty and staff to explore the following questions: What is growth mindset? How can our faculty and staff infuse the ideas of mindset into their current efforts with undergraduates? What sort of practical mindset strategies work best both inside and outside the classroom?


Martha E. Casazza is a partner in the educational consulting firm of TRPP Associates. TRPP is a model that Dr. Casazza and her colleague, Sharon Silverman, developed and published in 1996. It is based on the integration of Theory, Research, Principles and Practice.

Please register via the MSU Denver event calendar.

Summative Peer Observation

MSU Denver requires one summative peer observation prior to either a tenure decision or promotion. The results of that summative peer observation, in the form of a letter, should be included in the faculty member’s tenure and promotion or promotion-only portfolio.

*The deadline to request a Peer Observation for a Fall 2017 tenure submission is: Sunday, May 01, 2017.

Summative Peer Observation Request Form

Portfolio Preparation

Portfolio Preparation Workshop Category II Faculty

February 1, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, CN103

Category II faculty who want to renew their contracts need to submit a Digital Measures Portfolio by April 28, 2017. This workshop will prepare you for developing and submitting your portfolio. Portfolio reviewers will be there to give their perspective on reviewing portfolios. How to use Digital Measures will be covered. A faculty member who has been through the Category II review process will share her narrative and portfolio. To register for this workshop go to


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Upcoming Events

Veteran Students Boot Camp

February 24, 2017

8:30 am - 12:15 pm, CN103

The CFE is partnering with the Veteran and Military Student Services to offer a faculty/staff boot camp that will address how to better serve student veterans in the classroom. This boot camp will address military culture, student veteran transition issues, and practical tips on how to enhance their classroom experience. Participants will be provided with curriculum and training resources to take back to their departments or units. Topics include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Veteran Mental Health & Accommodations
  • Best Practices
  • Q&A with a Panel of Student Veterans

Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please register via the MSU Denver event calendar.