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Welcome to the Faculty Development Center

What We Provide

The Faculty Development Center (FDC) offers support, resources, and services for CSUDH faculty. We help faculty to achieve excellence, integration, and satisfaction in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service throughout their careers. The major services we provide are teaching and scholarship to support the university's strategic planning goals, student engagement for student-centered learning, curriculum design, first year experience, and peer mentoring.

Assisting Faculty with Alternative Instruction

The FDC and Office of Academic Technology are collaborating with Faculty-Peers to help faculty transition to alternative instruction. The FDC has created the following resources to help faculty set-up and manage the transition to Online courses methodically and successfully.

Blackboard Discussion Groups

Discuss your questions and concerns on the FDC’s Faculty Discussion Boards. To access, log in to Blackboard and join the conversation threads under the “MyBb” tab.

Online and Hybrid Instruction Resources

CSUDH is a Faculty-Peer contributors are hosting Zoom open chat sessions to assist you. Visit the Quality Assurance link  page to see dates and times.

Faculty are able to access the resources below via Dropbox:


  • ABCs of Online Teaching
  • Flipping the Discussion Thread and Blackboard and Blogs
  • Interactive Onsite Teaching Strategies PowerPoint Slides
  • Migrating Onsite Classes to Hybrid or Online Learning
  • Online Migration Top Ten
  • Utilizing Case Studies, Scenarios, and Simulations for Onsite, Hybrid, and Online Courses

Quality Assurance

CSUDH is a QualityMatters (QM)-affiliated campus, which is part of the CSU Quality Assurance (QA) Program. Please see the Quality Assurance link for further details of how to join the CSUDH QM community and have your courses certified through the CSU/CO.



Letter from the Provost, Michael Spagna, Ph.D.


Date:               April 1, 2020

To:                   CSUDH Faculty

From:               Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D.

                        Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Subject: Alternative Instruction Update

Dear Colleagues,

I have no specific business to transact with this communication—other than to express my gratitude for all that you are doing to meet our mission of providing quality instruction and promoting student success.

 As we learned in a press conference yesterday, the next two weeks are going to be particularly difficult for all of us as the various measures we have taken across the country stand as a bulwark against the spread of COVID-19. But even as we navigate this difficult stretch, I wanted to let you know directly how incredibly impressed I have been by all of your efforts to deliver alternative instruction. The level of peer-to-peer support, sharing of expertise in providing online and virtual education, and overall commitment to our university and our students have been unbelievable.

As faculty members, you set an important tone in times of intense stress. Many of our students are employed in the very sectors hit hardest by the pandemic – the retail, restaurant, and gig jobs that disappeared a few weeks ago. Their hardships can be unimaginable. But I’ve seen you rise to that repeatedly, with gestures of understanding, guidance, and compassion.

I also want to acknowledge all of the efforts of the deans, associate deans, chairs, area leads, and staff. Every person has made a difference in meeting the seemingly endless challenges that confront us daily. One of the best gifts anyone can receive is a communication of appreciation and thanks. (I still treasure receiving such notes—whether it be from middle school students I taught years ago or from teachers that I worked with as they pursued their credentials in educator preparation programs.) So, go ahead and engage in thanking our colleagues.

Finally, as Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology, reminds us, “the most satisfied, upbeat people [are] those who [have] discovered and exploited their unique combination of ‘signature strengths,’ such as humanity, temperance, and persistence.” I know that many of us are actively discovering strengths we didn’t think we had in the age of COVID-19. In my career as an educator, I rejected a deficit mindset a long time ago; instead, I urge you to spend these next two weeks in “strengthening strengths”—in yourselves, in your students, and in those you love.

Be well, stay safe, and thank YOU for working together for our collective good as a Toro community.


Professional Development

We are dedicated to helping you grow as an educator, and provide resources such as Faculty Learning Committees and our Faculty Success program, which pairs a high-achieving educator with a less experienced peer.
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We offer numerous events including guest lecturers, research strategies, grant development, course design, brown bag sessions, webinar resources, and more!
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Academic Technology Workshops

Learn the latest technologies for classroom success. Workshops on Clickers, Lecture Capture, Blackboard grading, quizzes and more!
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To help you through the first semester, we conduct a New Faculty Orientation.
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About the Center

Learn about our history and mission. Get to know the FDC team and contact us!
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