National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

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About the NCFDD

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The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community for over 71,000 faculty, post-docs and grad students, dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.  They offer workshops, professional development training and intensive mentorship programs.

NCFDD training teaches concrete, empirically tested strategies for increasing productivity and pays special attention to the challenges of underrepresented faculty.  In addition to monthly training workshops, NCFDD provides an opportunity for individual scholars to become more effective.

UC Davis Institutional membership provides relevant professional development training, support from highly trained and successful mentors, a confidential “safe space” for problem solving, and downloadable formats for self-paced learning. 


Instructor with students Benefits to Faculty

  • Resources for greater success in publication and securing external funding for your research
  • Strategies that instill confidence as an independent researcher
  • Tips for fostering better working relationships with departmental colleagues
  • Increased interactions with both campus-based and external mentors, sponsors, and collaborators
  • Increased job satisfaction and the ability to truly enjoy the academic life you’ve worked so hard to create


Institutional Membership Access

Our UC Davis institutional membership in NCFDD makes it possible for faculty to join their email listserv and receive updates about NCFDD’s upcoming programs and workshops. Faculty members must first create an account; to do so, please click on the link and follow the steps to start enjoying the resources of NCFDD.


Faculty Success Program 

The Faculty Success Program (FSP) is NCFDD's boot camp signature program designed for tenure-track and tenured faculty looking to improve research productivity and work-life balance. This 12-week program offers intensive coaching, weekly trainings, time tracking tools, master coach sessions, and peer support. Of all the participants from the last Faculty Success Program session;

  • 98% were satisfied with the program
  • 94% believed the program improved writing productivity
  • 87% believed the program improved their work-life balance

The Faculty Success Program offers trainings in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Academic Affairs can assist with Fall registration in the presiding Spring. Reach out to your Department Chair or Dean's office with any questions you may have. 


What’s Also Included:

  • Monday Motivator (weekly productivity tips)Woman speaking to group
  • Productivity workshops
  • Guest expert workshops
  • Multi-week courses
  • Private networking forum
  • Moderated writing challenges
  • Library of workshops (includes recordings, slides & transcripts)
  • Mentor matches
  • NCFDD Career Center
  • Webinar Series (see upcoming topics below)


Upcoming Webinar Series 

Utilize an extensive library of trainings offered with NCFDD membership. Below are some upcoming trainings. 

Upcoming Webinar Series Date and Time Speaker
Developing Anti-Oppressive Communities: Supporting Black Students and Mentees August 18, 2020 @ 11:00am Wanda Swan
Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Students with Disabilities August 25, 2020 @ 11:00am Sara Schley
SKILL #8: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism September 10, 2020 @ 11:00am Lisa Hanasono, PhD
Building and Leading Successful Research Teams September 22, 2020 @ 11:00am Brandy Simula, PhD
SKILL #9: How to Engage in Healthy Conflict October 8, 2020 @ 11:00am Rosemarie A. Roberts, PhD
SKILL #10: How to Manage Stress, Rejection & the Haters in Your Midst November 12, 2020 @ 11:00am Carlita Favero