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Director's Message

Dr. Monideepa B. Becerra

As the Interim Director for the Teaching Resource Center (TRC), I hope to share my passion for effective teaching and evaluation with our CSUSB community. Under the leadership of several pedagogical experts over its course, TRC has grown to become an integral part of our campus’ mission to provide evidence-based tools and resources to become effective educators. I hope to continue to support TRC and our campus through such initiatives.

TRC’s goal remains to serve as a leader in providing professional development support for teaching, regardless of one’s level of teaching experience or faculty appointment type. TRC will continue to dedicate itself in promoting impactful workshops, webinars, grants, as well as collaborative initiatives with other CSUSB entities in order to  holistically serve our educators. 

Under the organization and direction of Faculty Center for Excellence (FCE), TRC will continue its mission in providing resources on a variety of teaching tools including: research-based learning, service-learning, summative and formative means of evaluation, converting traditional courses to virtual delivery methods, among others.

Teaching is my passion, as it allows me to fulfill the foundation of my chosen profession by aiding in training the next generation of professionals. My teaching philosophy has continued to grow and incorporate socially responsible pedagogy, as well as high impact practices that entail student-centered learning; much of which I have learned from TRC itself. By serving as the Interim Director, I am honored to give back to the Center and help continue its growth.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, I am honored to lead the Teaching and Learning track for the FCE certificate in High Impact Practices (HIPs). Our team of expert facilitators are eager to help our faculty to learn and apply various HIPs in their classroom.

TRC continues to provide funding for faculty to attend conferences, with 2020-2021 focus on virtual teaching conferences. 

This year I am also honored to also invite you to our inaugural Pedagogy Cafe. I was driven to establish this by the rich discussions led by our faculty during the various workshops. The Pedagogy Cafe serves as an informal and semi-structured scope of discussions for faculty to share ideas on various topics, best practices, as well as gain feedback on their chosen HIP for implementation. 

Finally, in order to continue to foster the growth of next generation of educators at institutes of higher education, TRC launched its inaugural TRC Internship Program. The purpose of this program is to encourage, empower, and enhance the training of the next generation of faculty members for teaching institutions.

I am looking forward to continuing and growing the scope of TRC's service to our faculty here at CSUSB. 

Monideepa B. Becerra, DrPH, MPH, CHES
Interim Director


Teaching Resource Center Directors

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

Dr. Rowena S. Santiago Professor, Science, Math, & Technology Education, Founder of the TRC, September 1996 - March 2011
Dr. Josephine G. Mendoza* Professor, School of Computer Science & Engineering, April 2011- August 2011
Dr. Kim Costino Professor, English, September 2011 - December 2015
Dr. Davida Fischman* Professor, Mathematics, January 2016 - December 2017
Dr. Jo Anna Grant Professor, Communication Studies, January 2018 - July 2020
Dr. Monideepa B. Becerra* Professor, Health Science and Human Ecology, August 2020-August 2021.

*Interim Director