Faculty Center and eLearning Set to Merge This Summer

Faculty Center and eLearning Set to Merge This Summer

Grid of photo headshots of the team.

The Faculty Center for Professional Development and the eLearning team have been close but distinct partners for supporting faculty work since 2013. Over summer 2020, the partnership will strengthen when both teams formally merge to form one group known as the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE).

Victoria Bhavsar will continue as the faculty director of the CAFE, with the outstanding team that the campus already knows well: instructional designers April Dawn, Eric Davis, Thomas Jenkins and Donya Rahimi; multimedia developers Erick Zelaya and Richard Feldman; technology consultant Thomas Gaston; student technology assistants; and occasional faculty associates. Carla Tetreault will continue to serve as the CAFE’s valued administrative support coordinator and main fiscal contact. The group will continue to report to Martin Sancho-Madriz, AVP for faculty affairs.

The change will make administration of the group more efficient and will strengthen services to faculty by more fully intertwining pedagogical and instructional technology support for faculty and faculty development in other domains.

The CAFE’s mission is to support all faculty in learner-centered teaching including pedagogically effective use of teaching technologies, in research and creative activities, and in service to the university and community. The vision of the CAFE team is that every Cal Poly Pomona faculty member has access to a community of scholarly colleagues and receives opportunities and encouragement to enhance their skills in disciplinary expertise, effective educational practices, and meaningful service.

The name, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence, was carefully chosen to communicate both the excellence of Cal Poly Pomona faculty and the continuing investment that the campus makes in its faculty. The name addresses the historically broad mission of faculty development at Cal Poly Pomona, representing all three major aspects of faculty work. Finally, the acronym “CAFE” signifies a meeting place to come together to share ideas, innovate, and build community.

The CAFE team is excited about this change and looks forward to working with faculty in summer 2020 and beyond.