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Floor Dedicated to Faculty Success Opens in City Heights Learning Commons

September 23, 2021

To show its commitment to its people, CU Denver is thrilled to open the third floor of the City Heights Learning Commons, dedicated solely to the success and support of faculty. Equipped with offices, event space, a kitchen, lockers for drop-in visits, and more, the new space promises to foster collaboration and innovation among those who are instrumental in achieving the university’s mission of making education work for all

On Sept. 22, Chancellor Michelle Marks, Provost Constancio Nakuma, Faculty Assembly Chair Jarrod Hanson, and other faculty success partners, hosted an open house for the third floor of the Learning Commons, which is attached to the new City Heights Residence Hall

“You are critical to our entire enterprise—the reason our students are here—and we recognize that you needed and deserved a support resource like this,” Marks said to faculty members in attendance. “So, we came up with the idea to provide a hub for our faculty, a convening space to create community and innovation, where great things could happen— and to locate it in our terrific new City Heights Learning Commons.”

The third floor marks the first dedicated space on campus for ThinqStudio and UCDALI, two offices committed to supporting faculty, encouraging growth in teaching, and providing resources needed to keep up with teaching in the digital age. The space is also home to the offices of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) and the Center for Faculty Development & Advancement (CFDA), as well as landing areas for instructional designers supporting faculty course content creation and hoteling stations for visiting faculty, lecturers, and instructors. 

As outlined in goal five of the 2030 strategic plan, CU Denver is committed to being a people-centered “best place to work.” The third floor is one step closer to achieving that goal. 

Mark Your Calendar: On Wednesday, Oct. 27, from noon to 2 p.m., all faculty members are invited to drop by for “tips and treats” on the third floor of the Learning Commons.