Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development

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At California State University, Northridge, every employee plays an important part in the success of our students. To that end, our Professional and Personal Development Program oversees the annual programming of workshops and seminars available to faculty and staff, and to current and up-and-coming managers. In addition, the Professional Development Program oversees our New Employee Welcome Orientation Program.


Professional Development partners with campus colleagues and departments to build a robust Professional and Personal Development Program that will engage, inspire, and equip you to continue to be a dynamic and contributing factor in the success of our students. Select the Connecting the Dots icon above to view our 2022-2023 Calendar of Workshops and Training Sessions - and get ready to shine!


We have a commitment to you as a manager/supervisor to ensure that you have the resources to effectively manage and to help develop your teams. As part of that commitment, we have developed the Matador Management & Leadership Program.

Leadership, regardless of the setting, can often be intangible. But successful leaders share common traits. At CSUN, with our unyielding commitment to student success, we've identified leadership principles we believe are absolutely essential. Every CSUN leader should strive to model these attributes day in, day out.  Living these principles creates the environment where employees and students achieve their goals and ultimately success.

For more information on the Matador Management & Leadership Program and the CSUN Leadership Principles, visit the Matador Management & Leadership Program website.

In addition, each year Professional Development offers a series of seminars and workshops designed specifically for those in supervisory and managerial positions. While some sessions focus on training or improving processes surrounding internal business, the majority of sessions focus on developing the individual to become a manager, inspiring staff, and engaging in the promotion of the University.


Each year, Human Resources hosted hosts the annual Staff Service and Recognition of Excellence Awards Event, which is an opportunity for the University to recognize staff on their service. Each year we recognize staff who are marking completion of service in five year increments. In addition, the Recognition of Excellence Awards honor individuals and teams who embody the mission and values of CSUN in their outstanding performance of their duties, and beyond. These awards include the Presidential Award, Jolene Koester Team Award, Merit Award, Alumni Award, the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, and the Student Assistant of the Year Award. All faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a deserving colleague or team. Nomination information and links to forms can be found on the Annual Staff Service & Recognition of Excellence Awards page.