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 learn new pedagogical strategies that lead to more equitable outcomes for all students and specifically students of color.

ITTL brings together faculty to collaborate in multidisciplinary groups to learn and apply evidence-based practices that close gaps in outcomes between students of color and their peers.

In the Summer Institute, faculty will meet virtually for one week to discuss and learn an array of teaching strategies using equity-minded, culturally responsive, affirming, and trauma-informed teaching frameworks.


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

  • Explain unconscious bias and identify how bias shows up in your own thinking, behavior and outcomes with students and the teaching and learning process.
  • Identify and develop responses to microaggressions when they occur in your course.
  • Describe an example of how the brain functions more effectively for learning when instruction is designed to be more culturally responsive.
  • List multiple equity-minded teaching attitudes, behaviors and interventions that have the potential to close equity gaps in student learning.
  • Demonstrate how you would implement a new evidence-based teaching practice to intentionally close equity gaps while increasing learning & student success.
  • Participate in creating a sense of community and support among faculty peers in this program to acquire new awareness of our students as a whole person.


How are CSUN Faculty Impacted?


Fall 2022 Institute 

Dates: TBD


$500 for completing all program requirements 


Recent CSUN Participants

Arts, Media, and Communication

  • Art: Lynette K. Henderson, Aglaia Mortcheva
  • Cinema and TV Arts: Michael Johnson
  • Communication Studies: Jade Huell, Christopher Ruh
  • Theatre: Matthew A. Jackson, Garry D. Lennon

Business and Economics

  • Accounting and Information Systems: Eric Hu
  • Business Administration: Violet Christopher
  • Business Law: Suyan Zheng
  • Marketing: Ning Fu, Dong Liu
  • Systems and Operations Management: Leily Farrokhvar, Amir Gharegozli, Kunpeng Li


  • Educational Psychology and Counseling: Joannie Aguayo, Shyrea Minton, Dana Stone
  • Elementary Education: Anarosa Estevez, Minsung Kwon
  • Secondary Education: Michael Alvarez
  • Special Education: Beth A. Lasky, Connie Wong

Engineering and Computer Science

  • Computer Science: Oscar Marin
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Matthew Radmanesh, Kourosh Sedghisigarchi
  • Mechanical Engineering: Maya Pishvar

Health and Human Development

  • Child and Adolescent Development: Tissyana Camacho, April Taylor
  • Family Consumer Sciences: Tracie Tung
  • Health Sciences: Grishma Bhavsar, Jennifer Newman, Carmen T. Saunders
  • Kinesiology: Rebecca Pena
  • Nursing: Zarmine Naccashian
  • Recreation and Tourism Management: HeeKyung Sung


  • Chicana/o Studies: Xochitl Flores-Marcial
  • English: Stacey E. Bieber, Janet Cross, Stephen Florian, Noreen Lace, Audrey B. Thacker, Kimberly Wells-Vaca, Kimberly D. Young
  • Liberal Studies: Mauro Carassai
  • Linguistics: Anna Dina Joaquin, Bessie Karras-Lazaris
  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Sumaya Bezrati

Science and Math

  • Geological Sciences: Priya Ganguli
  • Mathematics: Khanik Mark Kerobyan, Christopher Lonner
  • Physics and Astronomy: Debi Prasad Choudhary

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Africana Studies: Lisbeth Gant-Britton, Sharon Johnson, Janice Robinson
  • Criminology and Justice Studies: Jordan Grasso
  • Political Science: Ahmad Motameni, Boris E. Ricks
  • Psychology: Carolyn Pagan, Holli Tonyan
  • Sociology: Monicka E. GuevaraKristyan M. Kouri
  • Urban Studies and Planning: Miriam Paloma Giottonini Badilla

Student Success

  • Learning Resource Center: Azure Star Glover 
  • University 100: Autumn Fabricant

University Library

  • Psychology & Educational Psychology: Eric Garcia
  • Research, Instruction and Outreach Services: Ahmed Alwan

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