Early Career Faculty Program

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What is the Early Career Faculty Program?

The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Office of Faculty Affairs are excited to announce the Early Career Faculty Program. We hope you explore the offerings.

With monthly events, this program aims to enhance early career faculty success at Cal State LA. These events range from workshops and feedback sessions to networking sessions and informal lunches. In addition, we will incorporate sessions through the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). 


Who Should Participate?

This program is ideal for first-year faculty (tenure-track and lecturers) and faculty hired during the past three years. Upon completing the Early Career Faculty Program (by participating in a minimum of six events listed below), a letter of completion from the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Office of Faculty Affairs will be added to your future evaluation Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) files (e.g., Personnel Information File-PIF).

Monthly emails will be sent to encourage registering for events and provide updates on new events added. In addition, you will be entered into raffles to win one or more Cal State LA spirit gear, campus event tickets, and lunch and coffee vouchers. 

Program Objectives

Faculty who complete the required parts of the program should: 

  • Be able to navigate the first years at Cal State LA effectively by implementing strategies that will increase confidence and well-being as a faculty member. 
  • Know the diverse campus community, the resources, and campus efforts that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 
  • Be able to connect with and build relationships with students, faculty, and staff from various units across campus. 
  • Identify equity-minded strategies to support student success. 

How to Register for Programs and Events

Below is a list of planned programs and events. Please click the respective registration links for the events you wish to participate in, as they become available. The sessions will take place on campus. A hybrid option, if available, will be noted in the list below. Participants seeking a completion certificate may receive an invitation to join a Canvas course in addition to attending the monthly sessions. 

Programs and Events


Coffee & Donuts with the AVP of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Elizabeth Heise
  • September 5, 9 - 10 AM
  • Library Community Room, Library North B131 
NCFDD: Every Semester Needs a Plan 
  • September 15, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Innovation Hub - Library North A119A
  • Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Heise, Office of Faculty Affairs

Equity-Minded Data Analyses – Part A. Get to know our Campus Dashboards 
  • October 19, 12 - 1 PM 
  • Student Services Building, 8th Floor, Room # 8120 or Zoom (link will be sent via Outlook calendar invite for those who select this option)
  • Presented by Dr. Andre Ellis, Office of DEI

Implicit Bias (Part A) 
  • November 30, 12 - 1 PM (lunch provided to participants arriving at 11:45 AM) 
  • Library Community Room, Library North B131
  • Presented by Dr. Damon Dees, Office of DEI
  • Register for this workshop
Various Dates

Faculty Affairs RTP or Lecturer Review Workshop


Spring Kick-Off
  • February 2, 9-11 AM in the Library Community Room
Difficult Dialogues with Universal Human Rights Initiative (UHRI)
  • February 9, 9:00 - 10:30 AM via Zoom
  • February 15, 3:00 - 4:30 PM via Zoom

  • Please join Dr. Elizabeth Heise for an NCFDD-inspired workshop on mentoring and building a mentoring network. 
  • March 15, 10:00 - 11:00 AM in the Library Community Room (Library North B131)
  • RSVP here

Participate in up to two of the following events, take a photo of yourself at the event, and complete this participation form to earn credit towards the 6 required events for Early Career Faculty Program completion:

  • Open forums for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Open forums for Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Any cultural/history/awareness programming, such as for AAPI Heritage Month or Neurodivergent Acceptance Month
Various Dates

Meet & Greet Luncheons with DEIB and College Equity Coordinators
  • You should have been contacted by your Equity Coordinator(s) to participate

In this section are programs presented on campus that may be counted towards the Faculty Early Career Program. A total of one of these programs may be applied.

Mental Health First Aid Certificate