Roadrunner Faculty Academy logoAt MSU Denver, we are committed to the success of our faculty. The Office of Faculty Affairs, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Design, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion have collaborated to create a year-long course for our new tenure track faculty.

The Roadrunner Faculty Academy (RFA) was designed to support new faculty as they navigate faculty life at MSU Denver by providing tools, strategies, and skills to thrive in teaching, scholarly activity, and service.  Specifically, the RFA has been designed to help make progress toward the following goals: 

  • Implement Effective and Inclusive Teaching
  • Demonstrate Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities
  • Mindfully navigate the tenure-track at MSU Denver
  • Connect with MSU Denver Community and Support

The RFA will provide new faculty members with the foundation needed to be a successful teacher and scholar at MSU Denver.


Among other topics, this Roadrunner Faculty Academy will include:

  • Teaching and learning theory
  • Assessing our students and ourselves
  • Effective teaching practices
  • Service and Scholarly & Creative Activities
  • Communication, Conflict and Community
  • and Tenure and promotion at MSU Denver

New tenure track faculty will spend 2 hours per week in this year-long program which includes both asynchronous and synchronous work.

Synchronous Meeting Dates

Fall 2023

  • August 25th, 2023 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • September 8th, 2023 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • September 22nd, 2023 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • October 13th, 2023 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • October 27th, 2023 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • November 10th, 2023 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • December 8th, 2023 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Spring 2024

  • January 26th, 2024 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • February 9th, 2024 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • February 23rd, 2024 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • March 8th, 2024 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • March 22nd, 2024 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • April 12th, 2024 (Friday), from 1:00-3:00 PM.


Please contact Andy Putman, Office Administrator at the CTLD, or any of the RFA organizers with questions about this program.

Dr. Jeff Loats, Director of the CTLD  
Dr. Sam Jay, Director of Faculty Affairs  
Dr. Chalane Lechuga, Director of Faculty Diversity R&D and Professor