Faculty Development

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Workshops on Demand

Faculty Development workshops and series allow faculty to request opportunities to dialogue on a number of topics related to teaching, scholarship, service, balance or leadership. Our evidence-based workshops can provide a range of depth based on your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different workshop format options?

  1. Mini-Workshop: A short 30-minute introduction to an idea with resources for later implementation.
  2. Workshop: We can discuss a topic in 1 to 2 hours and start the process of creating a plan to implement.
  3. Series: These are multiple workshops (1-4 meetings) with a cohort group to practice implementation with guided feedback.

How do I request a workshop?

Email facdev@csun.edu or call 818/677-5934 to share what your needs are and who should be served. We will identify the right facilitator/group of facilitators and depending on their availability and what needs to be prepared, it can take weeks to get your workshop available. We know you will need time to announce and invite your selected audience to the event as well; we can help with recruitment materials. 

What are possible topics I could request?

We encourage you to start with our FacDev Teaching Toolkit option below for ideas on topics we frequently workshop. The below list is a select sample of additional topics and descriptions we've been asked to offer in the past. And, we would be thrilled to be asked to offer new topics as well.

Teaching Toolkit Topics

FacDev's Teaching Toolkit is a self-paced resource packed with evidence-based resources, tips and strategies on effective teaching that are evolving to support faculty both in and out of the classroom.

CSUN Faculty Sharing their Strategies

One key source of evidence based teaching in this resource are the innovative techniques that our CSUN faculty are already doing in the classroom! Explore the perspectives of CSUN faculty in our Teaching Tips Video Series and one-pager active learning Tips from CSUN Faculty.

Teaching Strategies to Explore

Other Teaching Resources

Unconscious Bias

The first step in eradicating unconscious bias is acknowledging that it exists. In this workshop, small groups will explore how and where bias might show up in the teaching and learning process, as well as on our campus and determine how to minimize and ultimately eliminate the impact. We encourage you to check out our self-paced Get Up to Speed with Unconscious Bias first and determine a topic from the program you would want workshop on. 


Equity-Minded Grading

Did you know there can be bias in your grading practices? Are you considering changing your grading approach but don't know where to start?  This two-part virtual workshop series will examine the ideas and assumptions of traditional grading and describe the impact of equitable grading on student learning. We will review how to implement equitable grading strategies and identify opportunities to reduce bias in grading, cultivate effective feedback, and promote authentic assessments.

Equity-Minded Syllabus

In this two-part workshop series, participants will be introduced to foundational information about becoming an equity-minded college instructor, as well as some of the ways unconscious bias can present itself in higher education and in the classroom. Finally, participants will gain ideas for creating a syllabus that interrupts bias and creates an equity-minded environment using the Center for Urban Education’s Equity-Minded Syllabus Review.


Learner-Centered Syllabus

Does your syllabus follow the newly approved CSUN policies? Have you considered creative ways to visually enhance your syllabus for students? Is your syllabus focused on the learner or the content? This syllabus redesign workshop will introduce the 2014 POD Network Award-winning syllabus rubric by Palmer, Bach, & Streifer. Palmer notes, “the rubric provides qualitative descriptions of components that distinguish learning-focused syllabi and uses a quantitative scoring system that places syllabi on a spectrum from content-focused to learning-focused. It is flexible enough to accommodate a diverse range of levels, disciplines, institutions, and learning environments yet nuanced enough to provide summative information.”


Promoting Academic Honesty

A collaboration with Academic First Year Experiences. Come with your faculty colleagues to learn more about how you can promote academic honesty and prevent plagiarism and cheating in your classes. Topics will be discussed such as pedagogical prevention, cool technology, understanding what is taught in freshmen writing courses, and dishonesty consequences.


Responding to Student Writing

A former collaboration with Academic First Year Experiences, responding to student writing is much more than giving a grade. Research on the teaching of writing strongly shows the benefits of providing timely and actionable feedback on student writing. This workshop will provide participants with effective and efficient strategies for commenting on student written work and for aligning feedback on student writing to course learning goals and objectives.


Research Productivity on CSUN Teaching Load

Teaching a full load (4-4) in the CSU while managing an active scholarship plan can seem overwhelming at times. And let’s not forget how serving our campus and community, while rewarding can completely consume. Developing strategies such as time management, goal planning, and building social capital will be discussed leading to a better balance of our faculty roles.


Internal Grant Opportunities

Fortunately, CSUN offers various low-hanging fruit in terms of grants and/or release time to support your success at CSUN. How can you best increase your chances of securing one of these grants on your way to seeking larger, national, or federal grants?  This workshop can discuss strategies for successfully funded grant proposals to consider as you begin seeking grants to further your research agenda. Check out our webpage on Scholarship Resources for CSUN Faculty.


Service Explained & Explored

Did you know that roughly 20% of our professor responsibility is time expected in the form of service to the community? One of CSUN’s often unexplored and misunderstood opportunities is the best place to engage in this service. How can your service contribute to and enhance your teaching and/or scholarship? How can your service create opportunities for leadership? And perhaps most importantly, it is important to explore how your service can be both engaging and fulfilling.  This workshop will pull back the veil on various service committees, discuss a trajectory of service across all levels (department, college, and university), and encourage an intentional path of service during your time at CSUN. 

We have developed some helpful guides about service for new faculty in our New Faculty Handbook in a dedicated module called Navigating Service and Committee Work. You can also access similar tips on this resource page. Review these materials and consider which aspect you would want us to focus on. 

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