The Teaching Resource Center (TRC) was established in 1996 by the Faculty Senate. TRC aims to promote effective and innovative instruction and to provide services that lead to excellent teaching and active learning for 21st Century learners.

The Center is dedicated to the vision of an academic community engaged in active learning. Active learning involves increased teacher-student interactions, student- student interactions and content -student interactions. It considers the diverse characteristics of 21st Century learners. It is characterized by accessibility and flexibility. It utilizes both technological and non-technological resources in the design, development and delivery of instruction.

This brochure describes briefly the center's mission, goals and services. The Director welcomes requests for additional information or assistance.

Center's Goals

To improve and enhance expertise on teaching, through individual or collective programs, and to explore pedagogical issues and strategies through organizing events and allocation of resources. To promote dialogue and communication on teaching/ learning among faculty members, thus continually builds a community of teachers. To provide recognition for faculty efforts in improving and extending expertise, and/ or innovating instruction. To provide mechanisms for disseminating information on effective teaching and active learning.

Professional Development

The TRC organizes regular workshops on teaching strategies and innovations.  Please visit our OrgSync portal to see the Calendar of Events by clicking on Calendar or OrgSync above.

The Center provides support for technology integration with the assistance of CSUSB's ATI (Academic Technologies & Innovations) and programs offered through the CSU Chancellor's Office.

Consulting and Referrals

The Center offers individual, confidential help regarding instructional design and the development of instructional materials. We assist faculty in assessing their own teaching, e.g., by videotaping a class session. It also assists faculty in locating and accessing teaching resources on campus.

Transfer and Dissemination

The Center promotes mentoring among colleagues and will assist in arranging faculty visitations.

Through newsletters, this website and the OrgSync Portal, the Center reports on grant activities related to instructional development and learning productivity. Teaching strategies and innovations by CSUSB faculty are also featured.

The Center sponsors exhibits of faculty projects related to teaching strategies and innovations.

Special Projects and Services

A three-year program for New Faculty is conducted by TRC in cooperation with the Office of Academic Personnel. The program supports new faculty in developing their individual agenda on teaching strategies appropriate to their field of study.

The Center also provides follow-up services for its workshop participants. This is provided either individually or through group discussions on the TRC OrgSync portal.

Fall Poster Session & Opening Luncheon

Each Fall the TRC sponsors a faculty event featuring posters and discussions related to innovative teaching practices.  This event is followed by a luncheon, talk and discussion of issues related to teaching.

Spring Showcase

In cooperation with ATI, the Spring Faculty Showcase is a PechaKucha/Ignite - style event where faculty have 5 minutes to present their teaching strategies and innovations. This fast-paced mini-conference will give you lots of ideas in just two hours.

Instructional Quality Committee, Duties

This committee, in conjunction with the Teaching Resource Center, shall study and provide recommendations to the Senate concerning the maintenance of instructional quality, and the systematic review of Instructional Quality Evaluation, and teaching excellence at the University, especially in an environment of rapid growth.

The duties shall also include serving as advisory committee to the Director of the Teaching Resource Center, allocating available funds and encouraging activities in areas such as workshops on instructional improvement, instructional consultation services, innovation in teaching, and curriculum development.

Instructional Quality Committee, 2017-18 Members

  • Lisa Bartle, Library 2017-2019 
  • Iris Riggs, Education 2017-2019
  • David Maynard, Natural Sciences 2017-2019
  • Kimberly Collins, Business & Public Administration 2016-2018
  • Kareen Gervasi, Arts & Letters 2016-2018
  • Vacant, Social & Behavioral Sciences 2016-2018
  • Rafik Mohamed, Dean, Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Clare Weber, Associate Provost Ex-officio
  • Jo Anna Grant, Director, Teaching Resource Center Ex-officio
  • Craig Seal, Undergraduate Studies Rep Ex-officio
  • Vacant, Graduate Studies Rep Ex-officio

TRC Directors

CSUSB has been fortunate to have faculty from a variety of disciplines serve as TRC Directors since 1996.

  • September 1996 - March 2011: Dr. Rowena S. Santiago, Professor, Science, Math, & Technology Education
  • April 2011- August 2011: Dr. Josephine G. Mendoza, Professor, School of Computer Science & Engineering
  • September 2011 - December 2015: Dr. Kim Costino, Professor, English
  • January 2016 - December 2017:  Dr. Davida Fischman, Professor, Mathematics
  • January 2018 - Present:  Dr. Jo Anna Grant, Professor, Communication Studies

[Last updated January 2019]