Faculty Resources

Resources for Program Faculty

Faculty can follow this step-by-step process to prepare for their course(s) each semester.
Step 1. Review the Syllabus Template with Program Curriculum Coordinator

Once you are assigned a course, request a phone or face-to-face meeting to review the syllabus with the Program Curriculum Coordinator, Dr. Diane Gehart. Carefully review the standards from BBS, our accrediting bodies, and the program learning objectives for the course. You are expected to assign all “signature” assignments with rubrics and readings; these are used across sections and courses. You may add other assignments and readings for your section. If you want to suggest alternatives to the signature readings, please contact the Program Curriculum Coordinator.

Review Program, Department, and University Policies
Program Student Responsibility Statement
CSUN Code of Conduct
Policy on Responding to Disruptive Behavior

Policy on Faculty Evaluation: Posted each year at: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-affairs/policies. Note that Union Contract applies to all faculty and Section 600 for Full-time faculty and Section 700 for Part-Time Faculty.
Step 2. Select Books and Place Order with Bookstore

You may want to review textbook and professional book websites. For textbooks, most publishers will offer free “review copies,” either digitally or in hardback; you will find links on the publisher’s website.

Some sites to visit:


Professional Book Sites

Place your order with the Matador Bookstore: http://www.csun.edu/tuc/matador-bookstore
Step 3. Select Academic Journal Articles and Vidoes

Journal Article, Book Chapters, Etc.
To search for academic journal articles and other published resources, log on PsychInfo on the university library
1. Go to: http://library.calstate.edu/northridge/databases/alphabetical?alpha=P
Scroll down to PsychInfo and log on using your CSUN user name and password.
2. Search for current articles related to your course.
3. If the article can be directly downloaded from PsychInfo, require all students to download the article directly. This allows the library to keep an accurate count of journal use (and we get resources based on use).

The library has two sets of videos for use in class.
1. Online Library of Counseling and Psychotherapy Videos: All students and faculty can access over 700+ videos from our online video collection that can be found in on the library site under “Databases” and the “Counseling and Psychotherapy Videos”: http://library.calstate.edu/northridge/databases/alphabetical?alpha=C
2. Media Collection: The university’s library also has its own media collection that is accessible to faculty primarily. You can access this by clicking “audio/visual” in the One Search on the library’s homepage.
Step 4. Contact Librarian for Additional Resources

If you have additional questions about resources (e.g., legal databases, research data sets, etc.), our amazing department librarian, Eric Garcia, is available for individual consultation and for making in-class presentations. http://library.csun.edu/egarcia
Step 5. Create Canvas Site for the Course

Although not required, most students appreciate a Moodle page, where you can post syllabus, assignments, links to websites, create sign up sheets, exams, etc. The university provides online and face-to-face instruction on how to use Moodle.

Canvas Site: Use your CSUN user name and password to log in: https://canvas.csun.edu

Online and In-Person Trainings: http://www.csun.edu/it/training

Academic Technology: Additional support for using technology in the classroom is available from Academic Technology; they offer support over the phone and in-person: http://www.csun.edu/it/academic-technology

Video Studio: Contact Tony Hillbruner in Media Services for video needs, including transferring VCR to digital formats, recording student practice sessions, etc. http://www.csun.edu/it/media-services
Step 6. Create Syllabus and Attend Faculty Meetings Week Prior to Class

Create a draft of your syllabus and bring it to the course faculty meetings scheduled the week prior to the first week of class. In this meetings, all faculty teaching a specific course meet to discuss issues with a specific course and to collaborate.

Access Academic Calendar with Holidays and Finals Week: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-affairs/calendar

Access Student Roster and Grade Roster on the CSUN Portal: Click the link to the “Skip to Portal” button on the CSUN webpage: http://www.csun.edu/#CollapsiblePanel1
Step 7. Revise Syllabus Assignment Instructions and Rubrics

Based our discussions in the faculty meetings, refine your syllabus, assignment instructions, and rubrics. Students greatly appreciate assignment detailed instructions EARLY in the semester.
Step 8. Email Program Curriculum Coordinator Final Syllabus

Please email Dr. Gehart your final syllabus for the semester.
Step 9. Create Lectures, Power Points, and Secure Your Documents

The university has numerous technology supports available through Information Technology (http://www.csun.edu/it/academic-technology) and Academic Technology departments that offer phone support for computers, software, and the CSUN portal as well as classes. Faculty can also access free and discounted software from IT and the Matador Bookstore (http://www.csun.edu/tuc/matador-bookstore).

Free Cloud Storage: http://www.csun.edu/it/mycsunbox
Step 10: Attend the Mid-Semester MFT Faculty Meeting

All MFT faculty are asked to attend the two-hour mid-semester MFT faculty meeting scheduled on the 4th or 5th Tuesday of October and March each year. These meetings are essential to coordinate signature assignments, manage concerns about student performance or conduct, address faculty concerns, and coordinate program and student assessment.

Last But Not Least: Take Care of Yourself

CSUN has numerous support services for faculty.

Health Center: http://www.csun.edu/shc/faculty-and-staff-services
Reduced cost:
  • Massage therapy
  • Accupuncture
  • Dietician
  • Dental
  • Optometry
  • Flu shot
  • Travel immunization

Oasis Wellness Center: http://www.csun.edu/oasis
Reduced cost:
  • Massage therapy
  • Accupuncture
  • Reiki
  • Meditation art, and wellness classes

Recreation Center
Faculty can workout at the extensive, state-of-the-art student recreation center for a discounted fee: http://www.csun.edu/src.

Employee Assistance Program: Contact the EAP office for resources to help address personal or work issues: http://www.csun.edu/enrichment/employee-assistance-program

Benefits Website: The Benefits Office can answer questions about your benefits: http://www.csun.edu/benefits

Payroll: To change your withholding, auto-deposit, name, etc. http://www.csun.edu/payroll
Interested in Joining our Faculty?

Please contact the department office about becoming a part-time faculty member or CSUN’s human resources department for tenure track openings.