We strive to support programs that enhance all aspects of faculty work at CSUEB. We provide opportunities and space for faculty to collaborate on projects that improve teaching and student learning. We strive to enhance collegiality among faculty as we all expand our intellectual, pedagogical, and scholarly horizons. Our services are available to full and part-time CSU East Bay faculty at all stages of their academic careers.

Back to the Bay, CSUEB's annual professional development event is sponsored by Academic Affairs, Office of Faculty Development/Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching, Office of the Online Campus, and University Extension. Each year since 2003, Back to the Bay brings faculty and staff together to share their expertise, and learn from one another and campus experts about topics of interest to faculty in their roles as teachers, advisors, researchers, users of technology, and active participants in the campus community. Back to the Bay features variety of workshops on pedagogy, research, governance, and teaching with technology at our state-of-the-art facility (Valley Business & Technology Center [VBT]). Back to the Bay falls on the last Thursday before instruction begins at the beginning of the fall semester. 


In 2020-21 CSUEB joined the Scaling Instructional Excellence for Student Success: ACUE, NASH, CSU collaboration. The grant provides multiple CSU campuses with a year-long, evidence-based faculty development program in support of effective instruction. Fifty-four faculty members enrolled in the Association of College and University Educators “Course in Effective Online Teaching Practices”,a 25-module, academic-year-long professional development cohort experience.

The Center for Community Engagement efforts and initiatives focus on ways that Cal State East Bay can contribute to the well being of our local communities. Our community partners represent a broad scope of non profit and public entities that contribute to education, arts, equity, community health, food security, and sustainability. Our office supports faculty, students, and community agencies in a variety of ways: Curriculum Development, Community Contacts, Student Placements, Professional Development, and Project Planning

New Faculty Orientation provides the opportunity for new faculty to:

  • Network with other newly hired faculty and representatives from campus organizations
  • Learn human resources related information
  • Be exposed to relevant campus support services
  • Become acquainted with CSU East Bay Students and strategies for the classroom
  • Hear tips for a successful first year.

NFO takes place during the two weeks before instruction begins.

The Faculty in Residence (FIR) Program provides an opportunity for faculty from across campus to work in the OFD/FaCET, helping encourage faculty to improve teaching and learning at CSUEB. There have been FIRs with a focus on technology, the scholarship of teaching and learning, assessment, diversity, service learning, and new faculty programs. 

The Faculty Mentoring Program pairs untenured faculty members with experienced faculty from other departments or colleges. The mentoring relationship remains undocumented and confidential. The program’s goal is to provide opportunities for new faculty to meet colleagues in other disciplines with whom they can discuss shared interests as well as concerns about their teaching and professional lives in an informal setting. The mentoring program is also an opportunity to establish social relationships outside of the home department that foster collegiality across disciplines. The mentor and mentee determine the frequency of meetings.

Apply for a Mentor or to be one

If you would like to be assigned a mentor, please answer the questions and attach a copy of this document to an email to Jessica Weiss. Mentor/mentee pairs are matched Winter quarter or on an as needed basis.

The First Year Faculty Experience (FYFE) workshops were first offered beginning Fall 2012 to address and anticipate the needs of faculty new to the CSUEB campus. Comprised of ten to twelve workshops across the academic year, the workshops fall under three broad topical categories: teaching, research, and campus policies and governance.

Certificates: In addition to the ongoing High-Impact Practices Certificate, designated workshops now may also be taken to fulfill the requirements for a First Year Faculty Experience Certificate,  Certificates may be included in dossiers and portfolios to help illustrate consistent faculty development in specific competency areas. Awardees are invited to attend the Celebration of Teaching usually held the last Friday of instruction, Spring semester.

  • FYFE (First Year Faculty Experience) workshops are targeted to first year faculty but open to all.
  •  HIPs Certificate workshops are open to all faculty; those completing 4 of the 6 workshops receive a HIPS Certificate.
  • Certificates may be earned, and workshops taken, over a period of 1-3 years.

Each academic year the Office of Faculty Development offers a variety of writing supports. Beginning in 2016-2017 we offered a 30 day writing challenge and twice yearly writing retreats began in 2015-2016. Faculty interested in establishing a writing accountability group should email Jessica Weiss.