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 What is the New Faculty Academy?

This is a year-long program with monthly events aimed at enhancing new faculty’s long-term career success at CSUN. These events range from panels, workshops, and even informal lunches. In addition, we will learn valuable time management, productivity, and balance skills through the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD).

This program is ideal for first-year faculty (tenure-track and lecturers) as well as “newer” faculty hired during the past 3 years. Upon successful completion of the New Faculty Academy, you will earn a certificate from Faculty Development that can be added to your future evaluation and rehiring materials (e.g., Personnel Information File/PIF).

 Program Objectives

New faculty will have the opportunity to develop critical faculty skills such as: planning your semester, time management, developing the art of saying no, engaging in healthy conflict, developing a writing practice, cultivating an academic network, and managing stress and rejection. By the end of this year, faculty who complete all of the required parts of the program should be able to:

  • Recognize & use the most critical information to navigate the first years at CSUN effectively;
  • Distinguish the resources and campus efforts that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Create authentic connections and relationships with students, faculty, staff, and essential campus partners;
  • Implement strategies that will increase confidence and wellbeing as a CSUN faculty member;
  • Identify and affirm the multiple identities of our campus community.

 Year-Long Topics & Activities

Each month a session will be offered on campus. Participants seeking a completion certificate, in addition to attending the monthly sessions, will also be invited to join a Canvas course to complete asynchronous activities. Monthly topics may include:

  • Inequity in Teaching and Learning
  • Active Learning Teaching Strategies
  • Navigating Struggles and Conflict
  • Equity across CSUN
  • Preparing Your First PIF

 Apply to Join the 2023-2024 New Faculty Academy

Are you ready to commit to creating a positive community with an interdisciplinary group of newer faculty to achieve the above program objectives? Priority will be given to first-year faculty hired in fall 2023. Once you are accepted, you will receive an email from the co-facilitators Nayan Ramirez (New Faculty Foundations Fellow) and Marcy De Veaux (Associate Director of Faculty Development) and be invited to join the complementary Canvas course. Application is now open!


The New Faculty Academy monthly events are intended to serve faculty who will participate in the year-long program. However, new faculty who wish to attend a single event are welcome! 

September 2023: New Faculty Academy Overview

  • Friday, September 15, 1:00-2:15pm in EU 101
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: Every Semester Needs a Plan

October 2023: Reading Circle Pt. 1

  • Friday, October 20, 1:00-2:15pm in EU 101

November 2023: Active Learning Teaching Strategies

  • Friday, November 3, 1:00-2:15pm in EU 101
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: How to Align Your Time to Your Priorities

December 2023: Reading Circle Pt. 2

  • Friday, December 1, 1:00-2:15pm in EU 101

January 2024: New Faculty Reconnection

  • Wednesday, January 17

February 2024: Navigating Struggles and Conflict

  • Friday, February 16, 1:00-2:15pm in FacDev Commons (UL 3)
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: How to Engage in Healthy Conflict

March 2024: Equity and Student Success across CSUN

  • Friday, March 8, 1:00-2:15pm in Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall 451)
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: Art of Saying No

April 2024: Preparing Your First PIF with Faculty Affairs

  • Friday, April 19, 1:00-2:15pm on Zoom
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: Cultivating Your Network of Mentors

 Which faculty completed the program?

Arts, Media, and Communication

Music: Hilary Yip

Business and Economics

Systems and Operations Management: Mahdi Najafabadi, Daeeun Choi

Engineering and Computer Science

Civil Engineering & Construction Management: Vartenie Aramali


Educational Psychology and Counseling: Angélica Galván
Elementary Education: Dominic Grasso
Secondary Education: Traci Dennis
Special Education: Fatmana Deniz

Health and Human Development

Family Consumer Sciences: Eunju Kim


Religious Studies: Vikas Malhotra
American Indian Studies: Alesha Claveria


University Library

Research, Instruction & Outreach Services: Brianna Limas; Lisa Cheby