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Dr. Cynthia G. Desrochers has been a professor of education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), since 1982. She entered the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) in May 2011. Early in her career at CSUN, she directed a successful Clinical Supervision grant (3 years), coordinated student teaching for over 600 students annually (9 years), founded the campus Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (10 years), and served as member and chair of the College personnel committee (12 years).
Cynthia is a CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award recipient (1990). She has consulted and given workshops in 27 states, Italy, and Chile. Moreover, she is a past president of the CSU Faculty Development Council and has been a member of the governing board of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, the largest organization of college-level faculty developers in the world. Cynthia directed the Institute for Teaching and Learning (2006-2011) at the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the 23-CSU-campus system office in Long Beach, where she designed teaching-learning enhancement programs, grants, and Faculty Learning Communities throughout California. Now back at her home campus, Northridge, Cynthia is currently spearheading projects out of the Dean’s Office in the College of Education.
Prior to joining the faculty at CSUN, Cynthia was an instructor at UCLA in the School of Education, taught 5-6th grades in an urban inner-city neighborhood in Los Angeles (3 years), and taught at UCLA’s Lab School (8 years). In addition, she earned her BA, master’s degree, doctorate, K-9 teaching credential, and administrative services credential from UCLA. Her research interests include: how people learn (brain science implications), learning in groups, supervision and coaching, faculty communities of practice, and organizational understanding.