Meet the Team
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Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Adams is a folklorist and the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies at CSUN. She holds degrees in history, literature, and folklore. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include popular culture, gender, sexuality, material culture, and festival. Prior to working in Undergraduate Studies, she served as the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and the Director of the Liberal Studies Program at CSUN. She is a professor of Liberal Studies and Anthropology. She plays the ukulele badly and rides her four bicycles whenever she can (though only one at a time).
Assistant Vice President, Academic and Community Partnerships
Dr. Cours was a professor in the Department of Marketing after completing her PhD. at UCLA with teaching and research interests in consumer influence, consumption meaning, and small business. Before joining Undergraduate Studies, she has served in various roles at CSUN including Director of Graduate and Evening Programs in Business, Director of the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Director of Community Engagement, and Interim Dean of the Nazarian College of Business and Economics. She currently serves on the USU 21st Century Workforce Group and the executive board of the APLU Commission on Economic and Community Engagement. She is the mother of two college students and enjoys being walked by her big dogs and cheering for LA teams.
Director, Faculty Development
Dr. Whitney Scott is an expert faculty developer and conflict resolution specialist with nearly two decades in higher education cultivating spaces for transformation and connection. Her craft of employing dynamic workshops through empathetic facilitation has bestowed her with awards such as CSUN’s Distinguished Teaching Award; provided unique experiences like serving as a California certified superior court Conflict Mediator; and leadership roles such as the CSU President of Faculty Development Council. But serving the CSUN faculty through the office of Faculty Development has been a career highlight. As a tenured Professor in the Child & Adolescent Development Department, her educational mastery is rooted in human development (PhD in Education, UCSB) and communication theory (BA in Communications).
Director, Undergraduate Studies
Shelly Thompson is an alumna of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) holding degrees in English Literature (BA ’90) and Educational Administration (MA ’10). Shelly’s professional career at CSUN began in 1990 in the area of student services. She served as an academic advisor and later Director of the Student Services Center/EOP Satellite in the College of Humanities. She transitioned into the Director of Undergraduate Studies role in 2012. In Undergraduate Studies, Shelly is the system administrator for our e-Advising technology, she responds to student inquiries and she serves as a liaison to the campus community on matters related to academic advising and degree requirements. Her areas of expertise are academic advising and helping students navigate campus policies and procedures. When not at work, Shelly enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, hanging out with her dog, and watching Jeopardy, but she refuses to answer in the form of a question.
Jonathan Charres holds degrees in Political Science and Spanish (BA ’15) and Business Administration with an International Business concentration (MBA ‘19) from Chapman University. Jonathan’s areas of expertise are in: records and enrollment, academic requirement policies, transfer course evaluation, and domestic and international articulation. He served as Chair of the LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Forum at Chapman University and currently sits on the Board for Career Beginnings Mentoring Program, a non-profit organization assisting first-year college students coming from the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). As a first-generation and minority student, Jonathan’s passion is working towards creating a more inclusive environment, and providing tools and guidance for all students to succeed professionally and academically. When not at work, he enjoys traveling and going to Disneyland. Jonathan joins CSUN as the Articulation Officer.
Marcy De Veaux
Associate Director, Faculty Development
Dr. Marcella “Marcy” De Veaux is Associate Director of Faculty Development, a tenured Professor for the Department of Journalism at CSUN and a Depth and Liberation Psychologist.
She facilitates workshops for building equity in the classroom as well as creates strategies around diversity-related initiatives, including approaches to eradicate unconscious bias.
Shally Dhiman started her career at CSUN in Academic Resources and Planning and then transitioned to a position in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Master’s in Educational Administration from CSUN. She works very closely with students, assisting them with understanding different academic policies and procedures. In her role, she tries to make a positive impact on students by actively listening and guiding them with various resources on campus. In her spare time, she is passionate about her quilling: paper-art work. She has quite a display of her artwork in her office.
Rachel Guerra was born and raised in Southern California. She started her career at CSUN in the Developmental Math Program and moved on to a position in Faculty Development.
She provides program leadership, analysis, and support for all Faculty Development programs and events.
Julie Hunter is the editor of the University Catalog. She is a proud CSUN alumna, holding a B.S. degree in Business Administration (’06). In addition to the catalog, she helps facilitate the undergraduate curriculum review process, oversees the OnBase Curriculum Review Workflow, maintains the department’s websites, and mentors student assistants and interns. She participated in the CSUN Shine from Within 2015 cohort, and is presently the recording secretary for the Educational Policies Committee and a member of the Staff Service Awards Committee. Prior to Undergraduate Studies, Julie served as assistant to the associate dean in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics from 2006-2014.
Senior Instructional Designer
Hillary Kaplowitz is the Senior Instructional Designer for Faculty Development at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She leads campus efforts to meet the needs of faculty using technology in their teaching and collaborates on programming focused on evidence-based engaging teaching practices. Hillary came to CSUN in 2008 as an Instructional Designer in Academic Technology and served as Lead for Instructional Design and Multimedia Services for the Faculty Technology Center from 2012-2019. In addition, she has concurrently served as a faculty lecturer at CSUN. Formerly teaching in the Multimedia Production option in Cinema and Television Arts for 8 years, she’s joined the Masters in Instructional Design program to develop and teach the "Introduction to Instructional Design" course. Prior to coming to CSUN, Hillary spent 14 years producing multimedia medical education for Zephyr Medical Enterprises, leaving as the Director of Educational Projects. Hillary holds a PhD in Instructional Design and Technology from the Darden College of Education & Professional Studies at Old Dominion University.
Director, General Education Honors Program
Debbie Ma is the Director of the General Education Honors Program. Debbie joined the CSUN community in fall 2011 after completing her PhD at the University of Chicago in experimental social psychology. Debbie is a Professor in the Psychology department where she teaches research methods, social psychology, and introduction to psychology. She also maintains and active research lab studying stereotyping and prejudice and biracial face perception through a social-cognitive lens. As the Director of General Education Honors, Debbie aims to provide an intellectual home for some of CSUN's highest academically achieving students through rigorous coursework and enrichment opportunities.
Susana Marcelo, M.A., is an Instructional Designer for Faculty Development at CSUN. Since 2014 she has also served as a faculty lecturer (Central American and Transborder Studies Department and Educational Opportunity Program), where she models equity and culturally responsive teaching. Her expertise is in designing courses that use data-informed inquiry to inspire students in their journey as life-long learners. Her research interests include student-centered practices, Digital Pedagogy, Central American transnationalism, and the links between technology and equity to eliminate digital redlining.
Director of Special Projects, Faculty Development
Kristy Michaud, PhD, is a professor of Political Science at CSUN. She joined Faculty Development as the Associate Director in 2015. From 2016-2018 she served as the Director of the Office of Student Success Innovations, where she worked with faculty, staff, and students to develop innovations to close the equity gaps among our students. She re-joined FacDev in 2021 as the Director of Special Projects.
Janett Silvers is part of the Instructional Design team at the Office of Faculty Development at CSUN. She enjoys assisting faculty in the creation of engaging learning experiences for online, face to face and hybrid classes. Janett is an immigrant from Brazil and also the first in her family to hold a college degree from a four- year university, facts that helped her connect with the experiences of CSUN students. Janett holds a Master’s in Education Technology and Leadership, a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and TESOL and an advanced degree in Applied Linguistics. She is passionate about education, social justice and the thoughtful integration of pedagogy and technology to achieve learning goals.