Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Fall 2023 planning week events for faculty

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) welcomes part-time lecturers and tenure-line faculty to California State University, Monterey Bay! We are excited to have you join our campus community.

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) will take place primarily on Zoom Thursday, August 17th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (with a 4:00 pm in-person social thereafter!) and Monday, August 21st, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. This experience will position new faculty for success as we orient to campus resources and technology, connect with colleagues and the campus community, and innovate teaching pedagogy. The NFO is intended to jumpstart everyone's  educational journey with our incredible, diverse students!

For all faculty, we look forward to working closely with you to support your teaching, learning, and assessment needs throughout the fall semester. Here are some early-semester professional development opportunities for all faculty: 

Faculty Success Workshop Series

Communication Across the Disciplines (CAD), TLA, and CAT are proud to announce our professional development workshops next week! 

Tuesday, August 22, 10-11am –  Canvas: Intro/New Semester Refresher
Join the CAT team to kick off the semester right. You’ll learn to: use the export and import functions to roll over course content; update all course assignment due dates in a single "batch" process; publish course content; access the "Test Student" function; locate supportive resources. Register here.

Thursday, August 24, 1-3:00pm

Please join our Transparent Assignment Design workshop with Nelson Graff and Ryne Leuzinger on . Find out more about the Transparent Assignment Design workshop here and register here

Friday, August 25, 1-3:00pm

Please join our Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship workshop with Nelson Graff and Rebecca Kersnar. Find out more about the Intro to Reading Apprenticeship workshop here and register here. For more information about Reading Apprenticeship, see this TLA page.

Also refer to the teaching and learning resources below. 
    • Otter Cross Cultural Center
    • Creating and fostering community
    • Supporting student wellness
    • Self-care assessment
    • Care Team & Basic Needs Initiative
    • Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
    • Title IX/DHR
    • California Faculty Association
    • Human Resources

Syllabus guidelines


Marc Oehlman, Associate Director, Center for Academic Technologies

The CAT Team


The CSUMB vision & educational model

Vivian Waldrup-Patterson, Interim Director, Center for Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Swarup Wood, Interim Director, General Education & Coordinator, First Year Seminar

The Otter Promise, re-accreditation & institutional research

Dale Grubb, Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Affairs

CSUMB Holistic Wellness & Learning Paradigm


Service learning and civic engagement

Seth Pollack, Director, Service Learning Institute (SLI)

Undergraduate research

John ("Buck") Banks, Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC)

Advising, career, and student success

Rhonda Mercadal-Evans, Associate Director, Center for Advising, Career, and Student Success

Thomas Rodgers, Career Advisor

Ardith Tregenza, Student Success Coordinator, Center for Student Success

CSUMB Holistic Wellness & Integrative Learning Pardigm


Reading Apprenticeship workshop

Nelson Graff, Director, Communications Across the Disciplines (CAD)

Rebecca Kersnar, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA)

CSUMB Library

Ryne Leuzinger, Sr. Assistant Librarian, CSUMB Library

  • CSUMB Library

Cooperative Learning Center

Lauren Reagan, Director, Cooperative Learning Center

CSUMB Holistic Wellness & Integrative Learning Paradigm


Creating and fostering community workshop

Shantel Martinez, Assistant Director, Otter Student Union

Brian Corpening, Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer, Office for Inclusive Excellence

Vivian Waldrup-Patterson, Assessment & Inclusion Analyst, Center for Teaching, Learning, & Assessment

CSUMB Holistic Wellness & Integrative Learning Paradigm


Supporting wellness workshop

Jessica Lopez, Counselor Faculty, Personal Growth & Counseling Center (PGCC)

Lindsay Wetzel Polin, Health Educator, Campus Health Center

Care Team & Basic Needs

Joanna Snawder-Manzo, Care Team Manager


Presenters: CFA representatives



Mark Alabanza, Associate Director for Academic Personnel

Title IX

Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)