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Institute for Transformative Teaching and Learning

Program Overview

The Institute for Transformative Teaching and Learning (ITTL) provides an opportunity for faculty to collaborate in a multidisciplinary group to learn about and apply evidence-based practices aimed at closing race equity gaps in the teaching and learning experience.

Our dream for this program is to build community and empower faculty to transform their teaching so that it is even more fulfilling and leads to more equitable outcomes for all of our students.


By the end of the program, we hope to send participants off with new skills including the ability to:

  • Explain the ways systemic racism perpetuates inequity in the teaching and learning experience.
  • Explain unconscious bias around race and the ways it appears in the teaching and learning experience.
  • Reflect on the sources of your own unconscious bias around race and the ways bias shows up in your thinking and behavior.
  • Synthesize the relationship between culturally responsive teaching, trauma-informed teaching, and the brain.
  • Describe strategies aimed at interrupting race bias in the teaching and learning experience.
  • Integrate insights from data disaggregated by race into your practice.
  • Collaborate in creating a sense of community and support among faculty peers in this program.

Fall 2024 Institute

All meetings will be held online via Zoom.

Retreat, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Mondays, August 12th and 19th

8 Meetings, on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon

  • September 6th

  • September 13th

  • September 20th 

  • October 11th

  • October 18th

  • October 25th

  • November 15th

  • November 22nd



We are now accepting applications. Apply now!

How are CSUN Faculty Impacted?



What was your initial reaction to reviewing your equity gap data?

What changes have you made in your teaching?

What was the effect after you changed your teaching?


Recent CSUN Participants (Fall 2020-Summer 2023)


Arts, Media, and Communication

Art: Aglaia Mortcheva, Julia Schlosser
Cinema and TV Arts: Michael Johnson Jr.
Communication Studies: Jenna Delgado, Jaime Guzman, Jade Huell, Michele Mega, Randi(Ronda) Picarelli, Christopher Ruh, Karen Swett, Melissa Tindage
Journalism: Tae-Hyun Kim, Tamara Trujillo, Yue Zheng
Theatre: Matthew Jackson, Stephanie Lim


Business and Economics

Accounting and Information Systems: Tao (Eric) Hu
Business Management: Violet Christopher
Business Law: Suyan Zheng
Marketing: Ning Fu, Dong Liu, Na Wen
Systems and Operations Management: Leily Farrokhvar, Amir Gharehgozli, Kunpeng Li, Mahdi Najafabadi, Qiuhua Sheng

Engineering and Computer Science

Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics: Vartenie Aramali
Computer Science:
Mohammed Abdelrahim, Oscar Marin
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Sequare Daniel-Berhe, Matthew Radmanesh
Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management: Sepideh Abolghasem
Mechanical Engineering:
Maya Pishvar, Natalie Schaal


Educational Psychology and Counseling: Joannie Aguayo, Bruce Burnam, Shyrea Minton
Elementary Education: Anarosa Estevez, Minsung Kwon
Secondary Education: Michael Alvarez, Traci Dennis, Jenn Wolfe
Special Education: Fatmana Deniz, Elia Mahoney, Connie Wong
University: Abraham Baeza

Health and Human Development

Child and Adolescent Development: Tissyana Camacho, Ashley Grace, Virginia Huynh, Jo Anne Pandey, Catherine Placencia, Marlen Quintero Perez, April Taylor, Allea Cauilan
Environmental and Occupational Health: Veronica Becerra, Rebecca Lustig
Family Consumer Sciences: Joyce Marie Brusasco, Hessam Ghamari, Jongeun Kim, Tsun-Yin (Tracie) Tung
Health Sciences: Crystal Adams, Grishma Bhavsar, Gretta Madjzoob, Janet Marquard-Tormey, Jennifer Newman, Christopher Rogers, Lauren Walter
Kinesiology: Christian Bolsmann, Yeonhak Jung, Andy Linden, Vincent Martinez, Rebecca Pena
Nursing: Kader Tekkas-Kerman 
Recreation and Tourism Management: HeeKyung Sung 


Chicana/o Studies: Xochitl Flores-Marcial, Omar Gonzalez, Carlos Hernandez, Fabian Pacheco
English: Corin Alvarado, Eric Barnhart, Stacey Bieber, LeeAndra Chergey, Janet Cross, Malinda Hackett, Noreen Lace, Terrie Mathis, Maseri Kisa Schultz, Audrey Thacker, Kimberly Wells-Vaca, Kimberly Young
Liberal Studies: Mauro Carassai
Linguistics: Shadi Ganjavi, Anna Dina Joaquin, Vasilliki Karras-Lazaris 
Modern and Classical Languages and Literature: Sumaya Bezrati, Mahsa Pourabedi, Svetlana Tyutina
Philosophy: Weimin Sun
Gender & Women's Studies: (Irma)Rossana Perez

Science and Math

Biology: Eduardo Amorim Guerra
Chemistry and Biochemistry: Mads Andersen
Geological Sciences: Priya Ganguli
Mathematics: Michael Crosswhite, Khanik Mark Kerobyan, Jing Li, Christopher Lonner, Tigran Mkrtchyan, Ola Nusierat
Physics and Astronomy: Debi Prasad Choudhary

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Africana Studies: Lisbeth Gant-Britton, Sharon Johnson, Victoria Richards, Janice Monica Robinson, Melanie Shaw, Maya Singleton
Anthropology: Suzanne Scheld
Criminology and Justice Studies: Jordan Grasso, Alex Ojeda, Nayan Ramirez
Political Science: Maria Garcia-Acevedo, Ahmad Motameni
Psychology: Elise Fenn, Kristina Fritz, Holli Tonyan, Essence Wilson
Social Work: Judith Anne DeBonis 
Sociology: Daniel Olmos
Urban Studies and Planning: Miriam Paloma Giottonini Badilla

Student Success

Learning Resource Center: Anne Crawford, Gretchelle Quiambao
University 100: Conchita Battle, Autumn Fabricant, Debra Mercado

University Library

Research, Instruction and Outreach Services: Ahmed Alwan, Eric Garcia

*Not all participants listed.




Where is FacDev located?

Valera Hall 215 (formerly University Hall)
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8473


How can I contact FacDev?



Who are the people in FacDev?

FacDev Base Team
Faculty Affiliates
Faculty Peer Reviewers
New Faculty Foundations Committee
Pathways to Tenure Grant Review Committee
Active Learning Ambassadors
eLearning Ambassadors