The events of the past year and days continue to challenge our collective courage in genuinely profound ways. A context of uncertainty, division, loss, and crisis continues defining how we work, teach, learn, and interact with one another. Join the director for inclusive teaching practices to explore the latest resources for teaching after and during a national crisis, and choose the ones that best align with your discipline, teaching style, and goals! This session includes an overview of resources and working-time.


Pets, littles, and snacks are welcome as we deep dive to curate individual sets of tools to support our teaching and students in real-time.


Zoom Link: Coming Soon

Inclusive Teaching Practices


This Canvas Coaching session will walk you through how to use the accessibility checker in Canvas. We will also share resources for accessibility, UDL and inclusive accomodations in your online course. 


Canvas Coaching is a weekly event aimed at supporting faculty with teaching online in Canvas. The 30-minute sessions may include a demonstration, informal discussion, and/or Q&A time. Each week focuses on a different topic that will align with your quarter planning. In addition, participants will be provided with the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one consultation support with an Instructional Designer.


To learn more, please register for the session and join us at the following Zoom link:

Canvas Online Education Educational Technology


Teaching and Professional Faculty Tools for Success is a year-long FLC designed for teaching and professional faculty in the assistant rank at the University of Denver. The FLC will explore areas essential to the success of teaching faculty including community building, effective instruction, wellness, DU culture, promotion, national trends, inclusive excellence, and university resources. The winter sessions are organized around the book (Inclusive Collegiality and Nontenure-Track Faculty: Engaging All Faculty as Colleagues to Promote Healthy Departments and Institutions - available online) and learnings important to advancement, promotion, and university culture. In the spring quarter, we will focus on the scholar/teacher model of excellence. We will form a Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SOTL) group with the intent of writing about and publishing on our experiences as teaching and professional faculty in higher education.


We will meet in Zoomland at

Faculty Development


Come join us in a new Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on the topic of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL is an emerging field of study focusing on the reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning to develop best pedagogical practices. If you are innovating in the classroom during these COVID times and want to share your successes and failures while learning from others, this is the FLC for you. Led by Michael Caston, Associate Professor of Innovation, Product Design, and Development and Executive Director of the Innovation Labs. Our first meeting will be Friday, January 22nd from 11 – 12:30 pm.  We’ll spend the time discussing various topics of interest in SoTL.


Please register for the event and join us in the following Zoom room:


Faculty Development


Heart of Higher Education: Embracing Uncertainty, Facing Impermanence, and Cultivating Resilience in Our Academic Community

The Heart of Higher Education (HOHE) is an opportunity to gather as a DU community to share the challenges and opportunities of transcending the institutional, professional and personal choices that tend to separate core identity/integrity from day to day actions. The meetings are open to all faculty (of any rank) and staff (of any title).  The Conversations are facilitated by Dr. Paul Michalec, OTL Faculty Teaching Fellow, and Clinical Professor in the Morgridge College of Education. The Heart of Higher Education Conversations create a positive and constructive space where staff and faculty can explore ways of re-connecting calling with professional responsibilities. In the winter 2021 quarter we will explore the theme of connection through the lenses of self (calling), others (colleagues and students), and bigness of life (institution, family, spirit).

Our time together is bounded by norms designed to create an open invitation to share while respecting individual choices to not share at a particular time. Prior to each meeting an agenda and brief reflective reading is sent out.

Meeting Schedule for the winter quarter;

(two meetings a month with the same content; welcome to attend one or both sessions)

-Jan 12th, 12:00-1:00

-Jan 28th, 10:00-11:00

-Feb 8st, 12:00-1:00

-Feb 25th, 10:00-11:00

-Mar 8th, 12:00-1:00

-Mar 25th, 10:00-11:00

Zoom link:

For more information please contact Paul Michalec at


Three individuals who attended past Heart of Higher Education Conversations offer the following observations:

“I value the opportunity to connect in a personal and intellectual way with other like-minded DU colleagues.  The welcoming, caring environment allows me the opportunity to put aside titles, positions, levels of education, etc. for a few minutes and just focus on the shared humanity of striving to find purpose and meaning in our work and lives.”

“Heart of Higher Education fills my soul each month as I gain insights and reminders of how my inner life is connected with my work with students.  I am grateful for the vulnerability of my colleagues who share openly about how they integrate their authentic selves with the work that they do.”

“The Heart of Higher Education is a space where we can show up as our whole selves.  I am so looking forward to continuing with this beautiful group and our soulful conversations this quarter!  And, even though I can't make every meeting, I loved reading this poem, and I’m going to make certain I have some time to reflect upon it. What a gift.”