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Center for Faculty Development

Center Staff

Daryl Parks, director, (biography)

Mousumi Munmun, interim associate director, (biography)

Deb Hundt, office coordinator, (biography)

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The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) supports community and resident faculty in innovative teaching, scholarship, and service to promote transformational student learning in a diverse, antiracist, urban learning community.


The CFD will support a faculty culture of authentic collaboration, anti-racist instruction and scholarship, and curricular innovation in support of sustained student engagement, educational justice, and social transformation.


  • Antiracist teaching and scholarship: To support all faculty in interrupting and overcoming structural and individual systems that perpetuate racist disparities in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Authenticity: To be open and honest in all actions of the CFD, including communication, relationships, and practices.
  • Community Engagement: to support scholarship, teaching, and service that engages with the knowledge and practices of metro-area communities and organizations, working to build authentic, collectively-beneficial partnerships.
  • Educational Justice: To work to eliminate racial, gender, sexual, and all other socio-economic injustices that structure higher education, while valuing the voices and knowledge of those outside higher education.
  • Experimentation: To support the success of all students, we emphasize reflective, iterative processes and the ongoing development of new methods and modes of course design, instruction, assessment, and scholarship, including risk taking, embracing both failure and success in order to reimagine the limits of effective education.
  • Relationships and collaboration: To bridge disciplinary divides and connect faculty across units and academic rank to build a collaborative, mutually supportive campus culture for the benefit of underserved, post-traditional students.

News and Events

  • Tuesday Morning Writing Group, 10–11 a.m., via Zoom
    If you have a writing project that you are looking to make headway on, please join us for some shared-accountability! For these virtual meetings, we use the "pomodoro technique"—two timed 25-minute writing blocks with a 10-minute conversation break in between. This is a great way to get some writing done before the week's obligations start crowding out writing time!
    Please join Via zoom PIN: CFD.
  • Summer Semester New Community Faculty Orientation, May 8, 5–7:30 p.m., Saint Paul, LIB 302 Ecolab.
    Our spring semester community faculty orientation is scheduled for May 8th, Monday, 2023, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, Saint Paul, LIB 302 Ecolab. Both new and continuing community faculty (looking for a "refresher") are welcome to participate. President Ginny Arthur and Provost Amy Gort will join us to welcome new community faculty. At the orientation, representatives from several units will offer resources to help you hit the ground running. Topics will include: human resources, library and writing resources, D2L and other leaning and information technologies, academic integrity, equity, accessibility resources, classroom management, and Metro’s faculty union the IFO.
    This event will be a great opportunity to network with colleagues, deepen connections with student and faculty services on campus, and get all of your start of the semester questions answered in one stop. 
    We will have snacks and RSVPs requested by April 14.
    Click here if you wish to register for the event.
  • Summer Workshop Opportunities
    The Center for Faculty Development is pleased to offer two, in-person workshop opportunities to a group of resident and community faculty on Tuesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 11.  Stipends will be awarded—2 duty days (Resident Faculty) and .66 of 1 credit (Community Faculty). 
    Dr. Vichet Chhuon, associate professor, University of Minnesota and book review editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, will facilitate two engaging sessions.
    (Session 1) “Asian American Students: Culturally Responsive Teaching to Engage Identities” on May 9 (9:15 a.m.–1 p.m.), Saint Paul, LIB 302
    (Session 2) “Disrupting Dominant Discourses and Racial Microaggressions in Higher Education” on May 11 (9:15 a.m.–1 p.m.). Saint Paul, LIB 302
    9:15–9:30 a.m. is for refreshments. 9:30–1 p.m. is the workshop session.
    Both sessions will be held in the Ecolab Room 302, top floor of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul Campus.
    Click here if you wish to register for the event.
    Overview: A single group of no more than 32 faculty will attend both days. Light homework is assigned. Resident Faculty who complete both sessions will receive two duty days as a stipend; Community Faculty who attend both sessions will receive .66 of 1 credit. This financial support for faculty and the workshops is through Metro State’s AANAPISI Grant.
    We anticipate more interest than we have slots available. To express your interest in being considered, please register and complete the form prior to April 21 at noon. By April 27, we will notify all who’ve applied with results. Criteria include attention to the following: 1) the number of credits of direct instruction next year (e.g., student impact); 2) balance among colleges; 3) balance among Community Faculty and Resident Faculty; 4) balance among junior/senior faculty.

Teaching and learning resources

General faculty resources for teaching and learning.

Grants, scholarships and awards

Faculty grants, Fulbright and other faculty awards.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Faculty guidance on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).