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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 and socials. In addition, we will learn valuable time management 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 pandemic in 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, one on-campus and one virtually. 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. Topics may include:

  • Selecting HR Benefits & Payroll Workshop
  • Equity Minded Teaching in the Classroom
  • Service Opportunities across CSUN
  • Navigating Struggles and Conflict
  • New Faculty Reconnect in January
  • Active Learning Teaching Strategies
  • Building Research Collaborations
  • Preparing For Your First PIF
  • End of the Year Celebration

 Apply to Join the 2022-2023 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? While spots are limited, faculty hired during the pandemic are especially encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to first-year faculty hired in fall 2022. 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. 


 Schedule - Spring 2023

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! For the remaining workshops this spring, all virtual sessions will be Mondays at 12:30. Each monthly event requires an RSVP, and the link will be posted on this website at the beginning of each month.

February: Active Learning Teaching Strategies with Active Learning Ambassadors

  • Zoom: Monday, February 6, 12:30-1:30pm 
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: Developing a Writing Practice

March: Building Research Collaborations and Pursuing Grants with HERE Center Faculty

  • Zoom: Monday, March 27th, 12:30-1:30pm
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators

April: Preparing For Your First PIF with Faculty Affairs

  • Zoom: Monday, April 10th, 12:30-1:30pm
  • NCFDD Strategy & Tools: How to Manage Stress, Rejection, and the Haters in Your Midst


May: New Faculty Academy Graduation and Celebration

  • In-person: May 15th from 12:00-1:15pm


 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