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Keisha C. Paxton, Ph.D., Director, Faculty Development Center

Keisha PaxtonDr. Keisha C. Paxton is a tenured professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills in the Department of Psychology. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in community psychology from DePaul University. She teaches undergraduate courses in psychology and is a core faculty member of the clinical and health psychology graduate programs.

Dr. Paxton has received state and federal funding for her research projects which have focused on the areas of sexual risk behavior among African American young adults, HIV/STD prevention, sexual health program development for African-American women and minority mental health. She has published her research in respected peer-reviewed journals such as Ethnicity & Disease, American Journal of Community Psychology, AIDS and Behavior, and Child Psychiatry and Human Development. Additionally, she has presented her research at professional conferences nationally and internationally.

Throughout her tenure at CSU Dominguez Hills, Dr. Paxton has been heavily involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning and student success initiatives. She has served on a variety of committees in the CSU system focusing on student success, improving retention and graduation, and service learning. She has conducted research on improving communication between faculty and students, using writing to facilitate student learning, and faculty attitudes towards advising. She is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi, the International Honors Society for Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Paxton has mentored numerous students who have earned graduate degrees and in 2014, she was nominated for the Lyle Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award.

In addition to her teaching, scholarship, and service, Dr. Paxton has participated in a number of programs conducted by the Faculty Development Center. For example, she participated in the Enhancing Critical Literacy Program in 2005, where she redesigned her courses to utilize writing as a teaching tool for psychology courses. Most recently, Dr. Paxton was awarded a grant from the CSU Chancellor’s Office to redesign a course for an online format.

Dr. Paxton’s perspective on students and faculty--“There is a scholar inside of each of our students. It is our job as faculty to bring out their inner scholar and show them their full potential. I love it when we inspire them to push themselves and they realize there are no limits to what they can achieve.”

Office: LIB-1940 {Cultural Art Center on first floor of University Library}
Phone: (310) 243-3411
Email: kpaxton@csudh.edu

Drop-In Hours:
Mondays 9am - 12pm
Wednesdays 2 - 5pm

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Emily Magruder, Ph.D., Faculty Coordinator - Innovative and Effective Teaching (IET), Faculty Development Center

Emily Magruder

Emily Magruder has been teaching both lower and upper-division general education courses in the Humanities Program at CSUDH since 2004. While her primary discipline is English, with a focus on American literature and culture, both her research and her teaching are interdisciplinary, bringing knowledge and methods from different fields to bear on a wide range of topics, like success and values in the United States; the Harlem Renaissance; encountering the “Other”; literature and the rights of women; and death and dying. While Emily enjoys engaging students in the traditional “brick-and-mortar” classroom, she also has considerable experience with distance learning. In addition to converting humanities courses for online delivery, she has taught courses in CSUDH’s Applied Studies program via DHTV and online. She also has extensive experience teaching writing, having taught composition under the tutelage of UCLA’s Writing Programs while she was earning her doctorate.

Teaching has long been one of Emily’s passions. Believing that students learn best when they are actively engaged in constructing their own knowledge, she incorporates creative collaborative activities into all of her courses. In 2011, Emily received the Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award.

Emily currently serves on the General Education Committee and acts as liaison to the University Curriculum Committee. She also serves on the Humanities Program Committee.

Emily is available to work with all faculty to develop strategies to promote student engagement and success and to consult on all matters of faculty development. She is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please call or email to make an appointment.

Office: LIB-1940 {Cultural Art Center on the first floor of the University Library}
Phone: (310) 243-3148
Email: emagruder@csudh.edu

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Kaye Bragg, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Division of Academic Affairs

Dr. Kaye Bragg

Twenty of Dr. Bragg’s 25 years of experience in higher education have been with the CSU, most recently as Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Faculty Development at CSU Dominguez Hills. In that position, Dr. Bragg took on the challenging task of re-establishing the Faculty Development Center. She built bridges across Divisions and convincingly argued that investing in faculty development would yield considerable dividends to students and the University. Dr. Bragg demonstrated her ability to bring together diverging positions and competing interests on behalf of those whom we serve. She also skillfully implemented the migration of the tutoring center back to Academic Affairs by focusing on students' needs.

Dr. Bragg’s other administrative appointments include service as Acting Dean and Associate Dean of College of Business Administration and Public Policy at CSU Dominguez Hills. In these positions, Dr. Bragg worked with the faculty to update the curriculum with cutting-edge student learning outcomes in Business Administration and to successfully complete NASPPA accreditation review. She embraced technological innovation and worked with faculty in the development of new academic programs based on high impact strategies for student-centered learning.

Prior to working at CSUDH, Dr. Bragg was the Director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and Assessment Office at CSU Bakersfield for 6 years. Dr. Bragg was the campus representative to the CSU Faculty Development Council, a member of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and active presenter at the Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, EDUCAUSE and International Political Science Conference and Asian Studies Regional symposia.   

Dr. Bragg graduated from the Colorado State University in history with a specialization in Asian studies, earned an M.A. in International Relations from Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Colorado State University.  Her research and publications include nongovernment organizations, food and gender politics, teaching innovation and faculty development.

In her own words, she said, “I will be an advocate for a transformative undergraduate experience encouraging both faculty and students as they expand their ideas of what they can do and become.”  

Office: WH D-440
Phone: (310) 243-3307
Email: kbragg@csudh.edu

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Reza Boroon, Lead Instructional Designer for the Information Technology Division - FDC Faculty Expert

Reza Boroon

Reza Boroon is the Lead Instructional Designer for the Information Technology Division at California State University Dominguez Hills. He has 12 years experience in higher education, and web technology.

His position at CSUDH is focused upon conducting faculty workshops about Blackboard, and related classroom technologies such as Lecture Capture, Blackboard Collaborate, and iPad technology in the classroom ; Working with faculty (one-on-one, in small groups) in the development, implementation, and evaluation of hybrid and online courses; and providing training and/or support in creating accessible instructional materials as well as an accessibility review of excising materials.

Reza is also an adjunct faculty at CSUDH, Occupational Therapy Program where he teaches e-Portfolio course.

Office: LIB C-121
Phone: (310) 243-2524
Email: rboroon@csudh.edu

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Naomi Moy, Campus Coordinator for the CSU/CSUDH Affordable Learning Solutions initiative, Library - FDC Faculty Expert

Naomi Moy

Naomi Moy is currently the Campus Coordinator for the CSU/CSUDH Affordable Learning Solutions initiative. Prior to returning to CSUDH in the Faculty Early Retirement Program, she was the Director of the Library’s Reference Services.

The Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative seeks to provide students in all majors the opportunity to use low and no-cost learning resources from e-book editions to resources in the CSU Electronic Core Collection journal databases to online educational resources (OERs). Since 2010, over 200 faculty and courses have been identified which can provide students with free textbooks made available through library subscription e-book databases and single-title purchases. Naomi matches all required textbooks posted in the Class Schedule to e-books available to libraries. Faculty can send requests for specific book titles or Naomi can look for potential titles based on course needs. When e-books are found, faculty are requested to place the url in their course Blackboard. She also generally supervises e-Reserves which provides assistance in making available a variety of electronic materials through the Library’s webpage. Faculty participation and resources used are acknowledged in the
Faculty Showcase. Faculty have also been acknowledged annually in AL$ receptions or awards ceremonies.

A major thrust of the AL$ initiative is to encourage faculty to find OER materials in MERLOT, the largest multimedia educational resources for learning and online teaching. MERLOT is a program of the CSU in affiliation with higher education institutions, professional societies, and industry. Faculty are also encouraged to submit OERs they’ve authored for use by students and faculty worldwide. AL$ has provided some faculty funding to explore the use of OERs.

Naomi offers faculty workshops on finding and using e-books, the use of journal databases and interlibrary loan, and the use of MERLOT or similar resources. She is available to speak to faculty groups and departments about the Affordable Learning Solutions project. She is also available for private consultations.

Naomi is available in the University Library, where the AL$ initiative is headquartered. Please email her to make appointments.

Office: LIB 2037L (Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Phone: (310) 243-2086
Email: nmoy@csudh.edu

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