Academic First Year Experiences
Sierra Hall 437
Professor of English
Director, Academic First Year Experiences
Coordinator, CIELO (Center for Innovative & Engaged Learning Opportunities)
Course Director, University 100: The Freshman Seminar
California Reads Book Selection Panelist (2013)
"CSUN's University 100 Makes Transition to Moodle." Digital Stories Blog, CSUN. Sep. 25, 2012.
"The New High Touch, High Tech University 100: Using Technology to Supplement the Freshman Seminar." With Cecile Bendavid, Susanna Eng-Ziskin, Ellyn Gersh Lerner, and Lisa Riccomini. April 25, 2011. (Presentation may be viewed in CSUN's Teaching & Learning Bytes Video Archive.)
"Executive Order 1048: Mandatory Early Start at CSUN." Campus plan. Nov. 2010.
"Orchestrating Learning: The Example of To Kill a Mockingbird." With David Aks (Music), Nov. 6, 2010, CSUN.
"Overview of Academic First Year Experiences at CSUN." Presentation to ELPS 710, June 18, 2010, CSUN.
"Engaging CSUN Freshmen and the Faculty Who Teach Them." Teaching & Learning Bytes, CSUN. Mar. 30, 2009.
“Regional & System-Wide Partnerships: Bridging the Gap between the Local and the National.” Roundtable presentation (program chair). National First-Year Experience & Students in Transition Conference. San Francisco, CA. Feb. 17, 2008.
“Cultivating Innovative & Engaged Learning Opportunities for Students: CIELO.” CSUN Faculty Retreat, January 2008.
“A Look Back at the Vietnam War: With Special Attention to The Things They Carried.” Panelist for Center for Ethics & Values Event, September 19, 2007.
“Off to a Good Start: Cross-Divisional Support for First Year Students.” Plenary presentation with Scott Evenbeck (IUPUI) and Orenthia Mason (Jarvis Christian College), IHEP/BEAMS Summer Academy, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, July 24, 2007.
“Information Competence as Festival: Working with a First-Year Experience Librarian.” With Susanna Eng. National First Year Experience & Students in Transition Conference, Addison, TX. Feb. 16-20, 2007.
“Linking and Learning: The Freshman Connection and Supplemental Instruction.” With Sheryl Thompson. Faculty Retreat, January 2006.
“FIGs, First-Year Clusters, Linked Classes, Learning Communities: Institutional Barriers and Institutional Support.” With Lisa Riccomini and Tina Bertacchi Love. Regional First Year Experience Conference, Costa Mesa, CA. November 6-8, 2005.
“Powers of Two: Using Graduate Student Mentors in the Freshman Seminar Program at CSUN.” Co-presented with Merril Simon and Toni Aho. Annual First Year Experience Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Feb. 7, 2005.
“The ABCs of First-Year Student Learning: Goals, Outcomes, and Challenges.” CSUN Faculty Retreat, Oxnard. January 2005.
“Students on Academic Probation: A Campus Conversation.” Organizer and Moderator. CSUN. Oct. 27-8, 2003.
"Freshman Focus at Cal State Northridge." ITL Connections 2.1 (Fall 2008). Institute for Teaching and Learning, California State University. Online: http://www.calstate.edu/itl/newsletter/archives/archives_index.shtml
“CSU Northridge Transforms Its Approach to Information Competence.” Co-authored with Susanna Eng. E-Source for College Transitions 4.5 (May 2007). Online at http://fyesit.metapress.com/content/aj70w816375427p5/fulltext.pdf
"Instructional Strategies for Teaching CSUN Freshmen: Gum and Glory." C.E.L.T. Letter, Fall 2003 (.pdf file).
Editor, Aftermath: Essays in Response to September 11, 2001 by Freshmen at California State University, Northridge. Northridge, CA: CSUN, 2002.
Entries on Maxine Kumin, Adrienne Rich, and Muriel Rukeyser. Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century. Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.