Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)
VISION & MISSION
The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (“CAFE”) will provide practical resources in instructional development, faculty development, and organizational development efforts involving faculty at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering (“SoE”).
CAFE aims to support the continuous pursuit of faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service at the SoE. CAFE is committed to delivering the highest quality support for SoE faculty at all career stages through onboarding and faculty development workshops, online resources, collegial learning experiences, innovative learning spaces and technology, and collaborative problem-solving.
CAFE will help develop, facilitate, and deliver:
- Practical 24/7 online resources to support full-time and adjunct faculty
- Faculty Development Workshops and onboarding into new roles
- Collegial faculty conversations to share existing expertise and guidance
Welcome to the Albert Nerken School of Engineering! CAFE offers orientation and onboarding resources to help you get off to a strong start.
CAFE has organized key steps, links to important resources, and answers to common questions for both full-time and adjunct faculty in the Faculty Quick Start Guide. Please use and share this resource with your new faculty colleagues in the weeks and months before they begin work so they can get off to a strong start. New faculty are welcome to begin reviewing and taking steps outlined in this resource.
Faculty Development Workshops ("FDW")
Details about the location, times, agendas of these orientation activities will be e-mailed to new faculty. If you are a new faculty member with questions about FDW, please contact Professor Lisa A. Shay, Associate Dean for Educational Innovation and Nori Pérez, Administrative Manager.
New Full-Time Faculty
New full-time faculty beginning in Fall 2021 have been contacted directly by the CAFE regarding the timing and format of full-time faculty FDW this summer. CAFE will support new full-time faculty through a combination of real-time (synchronous) and asynchronous online means. Before the start of each semester, there is normally a week of college, department-level meetings and activities before classes begin. New full-time faculty should factor these activities into their plans for preparing for fall courses.
New Adjunct Faculty
New adjunct faculty teaching in the Fall semester are encouraged to join us for an online university-level FDW prior to the start of the semester. We will address key university policies and resources to support you in teaching at the SoE. To accommodate adjunct faculty beginning in advance of the staggered academic calendar for the fall semester, two orientations will be held at a date & time TBD. Contact Nori Pérez, Administrative Manager for more information.
Getting Started at the SoE: Overview of Online Resources
- Work at Cooper
- Academic Calendar
- Class Schedule
- Course Catalog
- Cooper Union Fact Sheet
- Faculty Quick Start Guide
- Faculty & Staff Directory
- IT Resources for Faculty
- Virtual Tour of 41CS
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Practical Resources for Teaching
This section gathers concise, practical help on common topics in teaching. Quick Guides are super-concise resources that condense key points on a topic into 1 sheet and includes hyperlinks to other useful resources if you would like to go further. Templates or Worksheets are editable documents to help you shape and clarify your thoughts. How-to's/job aids provide instructions for how to complete a task, such as working with a particular type of technology.
|Topic||Quick Guides||Templates/Worksheets||How To's/Job Aids|
Starting the Semester
Increasing Student Engagement
Giving & Receiving Feedback
Recording Instructional Material
Group Assignments/Multi-Media Assignments and Collaboration
|Template for Group Contract|
Philosophy of Teaching
SoE Research Brochure *coming soon*