Faculty Development

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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.


How are CSUN Faculty Impacted?


Spring 2023 Institute

This Spring’s Institute will take place virtually during the second half of the Spring semester, beginning during Spring Break.
Dates and Times: Two-day Virtual Retreat, Monday & Tuesday, March 20th & 21st, from 10 am to 3 pm and the following Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, & 5/12


$500 for completing all program requirements 

What Does Participation in ITTL Involve?

ITTL requires approximately 40 hours of participants' time doing the following:

Online Meeting Engagement (25 hours)

We will spend 25 hours in our virtual community meetings. Our time in community is an essential component of ITTL.  Our community members are expected to be present and meaningfully engaged (this means cameras always on), and to make contributions to our whole group or small group discussions.  

Get Up to Speed with Unconscious Bias Canvas Course (~5 hours)

In preparation for the 2-day retreat, participants will complete an asynchronous Canvas course on Unconscious Bias. The course includes readings, videos, and reflection activities.

Written Reflections (~5 hours)

Between our meetings, participants will complete activities and write and submit brief reflections based on the activity.  The majority of these activities will be available beginning in January and can be completed ahead of time for those who wish.

Plan to Integrate What You’ve Learned in Your Teaching (1-2 hours)

At the end of the Institute, participants will write and submit a brief plan explaining how they will integrate what they’ve learned in their teaching next semester.


Select the button below to apply to the Spring 23 cohort.

Recent CSUN Participants (Fall 2020-Fall 2022)


Arts, Media, and Communication

Art: Aglaia Mortcheva
Cinema and TV Arts: Michael Johnson Jr.
Communication Studies: Jenna Delgado, Jaime Guzman, Jade Huell, Michele Mega, Karen Swett, Melissa Tindage
Journalism: Tamara Trujillo

Business and Economics

Business Management: Violet Christopher
Business Law: Suyan Zheng
Marketing: Ning Fu, Dong Liu, Na Wen
Systems and Operations Management: Leily Farrokhvar, Kunpeng Li

Engineering and Computer Science

Computer Science: Mohammed Abdelrahim
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Sequare Daniel-Berhe, Matthew Radmanesh
Mechanical Engineering: Maya Pishvar, Natalie Schaal


Educational Psychology and Counseling: Shyrea Minton
Elementary Education: Anarosa Estevez
Special Education: Elia Mahoney

Health and Human Development

Child and Adolescent Development: Tissyana Camacho, Virginia Huynh, Jo Anne Pandey, Catherine Placencia, Marlen Quintero Perez, April Taylor
Environmental and Occupational Health: Rebecca Lustig
Family Consumer Sciences: Jongeun Kim, Tsun-Yin (Tracie) Tung
Health Sciences: Grishma Bhavsar, Jennifer Newman, Christopher Rogers
Kinesiology: Vincent Martinez, Rebecca Pena


Central American Studies: Freya Rojo
Chicana/o Studies: Carlos Hernandez
English: Eric Barnhart, Malinda Hackett, Noreen Lace, Terrie Mathis, Maseri Kisa Schultz, Kimberly Wells-Vaca
Liberal Studies: Mauro Carassai
Linguistics: Anne Crawford, Shadi Ganjavi, Vasilliki Karras-Lazaris
Philosophy: Weimin Sun

Science and Math

Biology: Eduardo Amorim Guerra, Allea Cauilan
Mathematics: Michael Crosswhite, Jing Li, Christopher Lonner, Tigran Mkrtchyan
Physics and Astronomy: Debi Prasad Choudhary

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Africana Studies: Lisbeth Gant-Britton
Anthropology: Suzanne Scheld
Criminology and Justice Studies: Jordan Grasso
Political Science: Ahmad Motameni
Psychology: Elise Fenn, Holli Tonyan, Essence Wilson
Social Work: Judith Anne DeBonis
Urban Studies and Planning: Miriam Paloma Giottonini Badilla

Student Success

Learning Resource Center: Gretchelle Quiambao
University 100: Conchita Battle, Autumn Fabricant

University Library

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

*Not all participants listed.




Where is Faculty Development located?

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


How can I contact Faculty Development?



Who are the people in Faculty Development?

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