Faculty Development

Workshops on Demand

FacDev Workshops on Demand allow faculty to request opportunities to dialogue on a number of topics related to active teaching and learning, developing scholarship, and community & culture. Our evidence based workshops can provide a range of depth based on your needs. Email or call us 818.677.5934 to make a request. 

Sample Workshop Topics 

The 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.”

Project-Based Learning

Since project-based learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, and CSUN is a learner-centered university preparing students to live in the real world, it seems logical to integrate some project-based learning into our courses. PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.  This type of active and engaged learning inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying.  This workshop will provide instructors with ideas for creating a class culture that helps shift the responsibility to self-regulated learners that engage with real world, project-based activities that promote deep learning.  It will provide some operational ideas for encouraging student autonomy and choice, authentic learning tasks, and the creation of ‘public products’.

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 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.

Recognizing 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 on our campus and determine how to minimize and ultimately eliminate the impact of Unconscious Bias.  See this article for more insight into this topic.

University Service Explained

Did you know that roughly 20% of our professor responsibility is ‘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 university service contribute to and enhance your teaching and/or scholarship? How can your university service create opportunities for leadership?  How can you participate in the most engaging and fulfilling service?  This workshop will pull back the veil on all university-level committees, discuss a trajectory of service across all levels (department, college, and university), and encourage an intentional path of service during your tenure at CSUN.

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. 

Overview of CSUN/Internal Grant Opportunities

Fortunately, CSUN offers various ‘low-hanging fruit’ in terms of grants and release time (wait, what is release time, you ask?).  There are university-level probationary faculty grants.  There are ‘creative projects’ grants at the college and university levels.  There are grants that allow us release time to rewrite a course for its delivery using technology.  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 will offer models of successfully funded grant proposals and offer templates to consider as you begin seeking grants to further your research agenda.

QUESTION: What are the different workshop format options?

  1. Mini-Workshop: 30-minute how-to session.
  2. Workshop: 1-2 hour to discuss a topic in-depth including a plan of how to implement
  3. Series: 3 or more workshops with a cohort group to practice implementation with guided feedback

QUESTION: How do I make a request for a workshop?

Email or call 818.677.5934. Depending on the presenter's availability and your specific needs, it can take a weeks to get your workshop available. 

QUESTION: Can I request a new topic?

Absolutely! Let's chat.