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Teach U396A: Academic Year 2023-2024

APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MARCH 23 AT 4 P.M. (note: this a firm deadline; no materials will be accepted late)

Fall 2023 cohorts:

    • College of Health & Human Development
    • College of Humanities
    • College of Science & Mathematics
    • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
    • David Nazarian College of Business & Economics
    • Department of Child & Adolescent Development
    • Department of Criminology & Justice Studies
    • Department of Kinesiology
    • Department of Liberal Studies
    • Department of Psychology
    • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    • Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, & Communication



Application Instructions for Academic First Year Experiences (AFYE)

General Instructions

  • See position announcements for electronic submission instructions. Please do not email your application materials.
  • There are separate submission links for our two courses (U100 and U396A). If you are applying to teach both courses, please follow these guidelines:
    • Resume/CV
      • Please submit only ONE
      • Submit to either submission link (your choice)
    • Letter of Interest
      • Please submit ONE that clearly addresses all of the details specified in all of the relevant position announcements.
      • Submit to either submission link (your choice)
    • Reflections
      • Please submit TWO, one for each course
      • Submit each reflection to the appropriate submission link (U100 or U396A)
    • Professional Recommendation Forms
      • Submit TWO, total. Please see the position announcement for important and more detailed information about the professional recommendations.
      • Link to Form

New AFYE Applicants

  • New AFYE applicants (or those who have not applied or taught an AFYE course within the last 5 years)
    • Submit a complete application (see position announcement for details)

Returning AFYE Applicants

  • Recent AFYE applicants (those who have taught or applied to teach an AFYE course within the last 5 years)
    • Resume/CV
      • This is only required if the resume/CV in our files is older than 5 years or if there have been updates you would like us to have.
    • Letter of Interest
      • Required. Simply state the pool or pools you are applying to. If you are applying to a pool you have not been in previously, your letter must also clearly address all of the required and desired qualifications specified in the relevant position announcement.
    • Reflection
      • Required. Submit your reflection, as described in the position announcement.
    • Professional Recommendations
      • Not required. However, if you would like to replace one or more of your previous recommendations, please send a written request to Kim Henige and specify which recommendation(s) you would like to replace and who the new recommendation(s) will come from.

CSUN Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

  • CSUN tenured/tenure-track faculty: The professional recommendations referred to in the position announcements are not required as part of your application; all other application components are required.


Professional Recommendation Form



NEW_U396A Steering Community


The University U396A Steering Committee is advisory to the AFYE Director and Course Director and help to manage and monitor the course, assist in its continuing development, and help design professional development for new and continuing faculty members teaching the course.

Committee Members 




Academic First Year Experiences
Valera Hall 280

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8370

Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

People to Contact

Dr. Kim Henige
AFYE Director & Faculty
(818) 677-3932
Email Kim Henige

Kelly Kroeker
Administrative Analyst/Specialist
(818) 677-6535
Email Kelly Kroeker

Debbi Mercado
AFYE Course Coordinator & Faculty
Email Debbi Mercado


Thank you for your interest in U396A.