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What Faculty Success Program Participants Are Saying

"It was a life-saving buoy in the sea where I was drowning."

"I have practiced law for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors. I started my career in the academy 3 years ago. My experience as a woman color in the professional world has been uniform in this regard: Persons of color rarely, if ever, receive the mentoring that our majority counterparts enjoy. Mentoring and a sense of community are dispositive factors in ensuring success in any professional career, particularly the academy. This program filled in that vast chasm for me. It was a life-saving buoy in the sea where I was drowning. FSP not only gave me the language to name, and thereby understand my anxiety, but it also gave me the tools to take command of both my anxiety as well as my ability to be productive. Candidly, I was a naysayer, disinclined toward Hallmark greeting cards and the trivial, which is why it took me 3 years to enroll. I have been completely won over. I only wish I had enrolled before I stepped one foot into the halls of the academy. I only wish my students had the opportunity to take this bootcamp as well."

 

Blanche Bong Cook
Assistant Professor
Law School
Wayne State University

"Although life is still hectic, I feel that I now have the tools to navigate the challenging times and be actively engaged with both my family and academic endeavors."

"As a new mom, I was feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of going up for tenure while still being actively engaged with my family. The Faculty Success Program helped me to organize my life, set realistic goals for myself and learn how to say no! Being held accountable by my coach and small group helped me to develop a realistic strategic plan for my semester and consistently hold a weekly planning meeting. The strategic plan and weekly planning meetings have helped me to feel organized, put myself first and delegate work when appropriate/necessary. Although life is still hectic, I feel that I now have the tools to navigate the challenging times and be actively engaged with both my family and academic endeavors."

 

Laura A. Rice, PhD, MPT, ATP
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"The Faculty Diversity Program provides a compass with which navigate the turbulent waters of each semester keeping a sense of focus, sanity, and optimism."

"Professors are hit every semester by an ever-expanding amount of tasks and demands that fall outside their fields of expertise and the traditional demarcations of the academic career. Reconciling the overwhelming teaching and administrative workload with a productive research agenda and fulfilling (or at least healthy) personal life seems impossible, but... only if you are alone. The Faculty Diversity Program provides a compass with which navigate the turbulent waters of each semester keeping a sense of focus, sanity, and optimism. The tools provided in this Program should be taught at Grad School and required in any tenure-track orientation in the country. Without them, one will certain perish even when publishing what is required for tenure or promotion. "

 

Ana Maria Laguna, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of World Languages and Cultures
Rutgers University

"Participating in FSP enabled me to work on both my personal and professional challenges and effectively organize my time."

"My FSP experience was life-changing. At the beginning of the semester, I was incredibly concerned about how I was going to accomplish my various research, teaching, and service goals. I had overcommitted and did not think I would finish the semester with my sanity in tact. Participating in FSP enabled me to work on both my personal and professional challenges and effectively organize my time. The weekly modules were so helpful and I was able to tailor each of the assignments to fit my lifestyle. My experience was so positive and transformative that I talk about the program with colleagues, friends, and family ad nauseam! "

 

Brandi Thompson Summers, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of African American Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University

"My small group was composed of smart, intelligent, and insightful members who cheered my successes and supported me through difficult times."

"FSP equipped me with critical time management skills and a terrific support group. The Weekly Planning Meeting is now an indispensable part of my professional tool kit. I took part in FSP while expecting a baby, and NCFDD thoughtfully matched me with a coach (Cleopatra) who specializes in supporting pregnant women and new moms. My small group was composed of smart, intelligent, and insightful members who cheered my successes and supported me through difficult times."

 

Robin L. Tanamachi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
Purdue University

"I am invigorated and committed to the research program I am pursuing, and confident that this research will make a positive impact on our community."

"I can truly say the FSP was a life-changing experience for me. Working through the core skills each week, participating in the weekly group calls as well as individual coaching, and especially using the customized software to track my writing and research goals helped me to have the most productive and satisfying semester I have had in my 10 years in this career. This semester I sustained my daily writing practice (which I began in June), writing every day for 30 minutes or more. I wrote 4 grants, completed substantive revisions to 2 major articles, drafted a book proposal and obtained IRB approval for the related research, completed data collection for a separate project, delivered a guest colloquium at Ohio State and a guest lecture at UNCG, and submitted five conference proposals. Perhaps most valuable was the opportunity to examine and re-articulate my purpose and goals in my research; I am invigorated and committed to the research program I am pursuing, and confident that this research will make a positive impact on our community.

 

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I had to participate this fall, thanks to the generous support of our faculty diversity office and provost’s office. I am planning to continue to participate in the program via the alumni program, as well as through the offerings on the website that are open to institutional members. I have already shared some of the strategies I learned with my students and colleagues."

 

Lisa Koops, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Music
Case Western Reserve University

"I feel like I have a different relationship to my work and writing that is much less fraught with negative emotion and doubt."

"I decided to join FSP after a particularly frustrating, unproductive summer that left me feeling like maybe I wasn’t cut out for academia or research as I was going into my third year on the tenure track. I knew what my issues were (time management, planning, focus) but couldn’t seem to fix them on my own. FSP didn’t just teach me strategies, but also how to implement them, and more importantly for this perfectionist, how to accept and then improvise when the original strategy or plan didn’t work out. While not all of the lessons spoke to me, the continuous focus on strategic (not just daily) planning, tracking time, and dealing with resistance have completely changed the way I schedule my day, prioritize my writing and research time, and deal with the scrutiny, feedback and rejection inherent in our field. I feel like I have a different relationship to my work and writing that is much less fraught with negative emotion and doubt. I’m excited to participate in the alumni program this semester to really focus on the skills and strategies that seem to work for me at this point in my career to make them habitual."

 

Laura Hand, PhD
Assistant Professor
Master of Public Administration Program, College of Business and Public Administration
Master of Public Health Program, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of North Dakota

"Ultimately, my productivity more than doubled and my efforts are sustainable."

"The resources provided and relationships developed throughout my engagement in the Faculty Success Program were transformative. As a tenured professor, I was able to refine my thoughts about mentorship, accountability and work/life balance. Also, I found that the members and coach within my small group were supportive and critical. Ultimately, my productivity more than doubled and my efforts are sustainable."

 

Sandra Cooley Nichols, PhD
Associate Professor
Special Education and Multiple Abilities Department
University of Alabama

"I was amazed at how much I was able to accomplish by making relatively simple changes in my priorities."

"Participating in the Faculty Success program was truly an amazing transformative journey for me. The small group sessions were both inspirational and challenging. As a relatively new faculty member it was nice to know that I was not alone in my struggles. This program gave me the tools, mentoring, and support to focus on what is really important. I was amazed at how much I was able to accomplish by making relatively simple changes in my priorities."

 

Carman Turkelson DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN, CHSE
Assistant Professor & Associate Director of the Nursing Simulation Center
University of Michigan-Flint

"I would absolutely recommend any tenure track faculty to enroll in this program."

"Through the weekly webinars, homework assignments, and small-group calls, I cultivated a habit of self-reflection that has made a positive impact on my productivity. More specifically, I leanred about the unconscious limiting beliefs and ineffective scheduling habits that were preventing me from making significance inroads on my tenure monograph.

 

In particular, the weekly homework assignments provided an opportunity for me every Sunday to reflect critically on my research and writing practices. For example, by both tracking my time and creating a detailed plan of action for the semester, I was able to correlate particular inefficiencies with particular unmet goals, which is giving me the strength and determination to give my teaching and service commitments their proper due, rather than overprepare and overfunction in these spheres. By brainstorming my career as a book with many chapters, I’ve found a new way to approach writing with a sense of eagerness and opportunity, rather than a vague sense of impending doom.

One goal of the program is to cultivate a broad support network that includes fellow faculty members. Because of this prompting, I was able to overcome a certain shyness and have been meeting with various English faculty to ask for mentorship in targeted areas. This is a learnable habit, I think, and I’m excited to transition from the Faculty Success Program by making sure that I am learning from my peers at my institution.

 

I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this program, and I would absolutely recommend any tenure track faculty to enroll in this program. The program’s daily and weekly rhythms—checking in daily to report my progress, spending a large chunk of time every Sunday to gain a new skill and plan the week—gave me a strong sense of purpose and a strong foundation for facing the upcoming day’s or week’s tasks. "

 

Shawna Ross, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Texas A&M University

"FSP taught me the tools to define and meet my goals and made earning tenure seem doable instead of daunting."

"Like many people, I think, I was a combination of excited and terrified to receive a tenure-track job offer. As I expressed to my friends and colleagues my excitement about teaching and starting a research lab and fear about how to handle all the new challenges, several of them strongly recommended I go through the FSP bootcamp. A rule I follow in my life is that when a several completely unrelated people highly recommend I do something, I do it. And I’m so glad I did! For me, the best part of FSP was learning how to align my time with my goals. With guidance from the program, my coach, and my group, I defined my goals for the quarter and broke them down by week. Then, on a weekly basis, I further deconstructed each goal and scheduled time to complete each piece into my calendar. The program also challenged me to dedicate at least 30 minutes each day to my research – and kept me accountable! It didn’t seem like 30 minutes per day would amount to anything, but looking back I can see the first, significant pieces of my research program that I built this quarter, mostly in those 30-minute chunks of time. FSP taught me the tools to define and meet my goals and made earning tenure seem doable instead of daunting. I don’t know how I would have survived my first quarter on the tenure track without it!"

 

Michelle McCully, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Santa Clara University

"FSP was a life-changing experience for me."

"FSP was a life-changing experience for me. It did not just help me develop a writing habit, but it pushed me to reexamine who I want to be as a scholar, a teacher, and an individual in profound and often surprising ways. The data, the weekly phone calls, the online community, and the weekly videos all helped me identify my priorities and gave me the courage to make decisions about the type of life I want to lead in and outside of academia."

 

Maddalena Marinari, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Gustavus Adolphus College

"Though I initially wanted to do the program to help structure my time during a postdoc, I learned skills that I am certain will help me succeed in years to come."

"The Faculty Success Program reshaped the way that I view my work and how I think about productivity. It helped me strategize and prioritize, develop a steadier writing practice, remain accountable for my plans and goals, and -- perhaps most important for me -- forgive myself and start over again when plans don't work out or life gets in the way. Though I initially wanted to do the program to help structure my time during a postdoc, I learned skills that I am certain will help me succeed in years to come."

 

Erin R. Pineda, PhD
Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar
Center for the Study of Race, Politics + Culture
University of Chicago

"The program gave me accountability to being productive during my work days at the same time that I consciously stopped doing any work, including emails, at night and on the weekends."

"Participating in FSP gave me the skills and confidence to be productive at work and present at home. During the FSP program, I wrote and submitted a National Science Foundation proposal, submitted 6 manuscripts revisions as they came back from review, and prepared two other manuscripts for planned submission in the next few weeks while teaching a regular load at a liberal arts college. The program gave me accountability to being productive during my work days at the same time that I consciously stopped doing any work, including emails, at night and on the weekends. My family has definitely benefited from me being more present when I'm at home. During and after self care week, my small group encouraged me to track down the root cause of an ongoing fatigue problem that I have been struggling with. I figured it out and now have more energy to devote to my work, family, and hobbies. The skills and practices I learned during FSP have been life-changing."

 

Amanda Schmidt, PhD
Assistant Professor
Geology Department
Oberlin College

"I had the most successful semester to date when it came to writing."

"I have been a full time faculty member since 2008. In the fall of 2016, I participated in the Faculty Success Program. The FSP provided a structure and environment that facilitated my growth as a writer. By implementing key strategies such as strategic planning and the weekly planning meeting, I had the most successful semester to date when it came to writing. Implementation of these strategies is simple, but not easy. I recognize I am on a journey and the FSP has been a positive experience."

 

Amy M. Yorke, PT, PhD, NCS
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy Department
University of Michigan-Flint

"During the 12 week period I wrote an article, submitted my IRB and was approved, and wrote a book review."

"I enrolled in FSP as I began my career as a tenure track faculty at a research university. I had been on the job market for six years and was primarily sustaining myself thru lectureships. FSP helped ease the transition from lecturer to tenure faculty. During the 12 week period I wrote an article, submitted my IRB and was approved, and wrote a book review. Perhaps the most valuable skill I learned was that I must "pay myself first" every day, which translates into writing at least 30 minutes a day. I am grateful to have participated in FSP!"

 

Lorena Marquez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
UC Davis

"(FSP) is definitely a community in which I will participate throughout my academic career, as I know it is one that will continue to meet me where I am to support me in my professional growth."

"Since participating in NCFDD's Faculty Success Program, I now see my job as sustainable. Through the support of the weekly videos, small group sessions, and feedback from my coach, I have learned strategies that I now draw on to make conscious choices about how I am spending my time. This has allowed me to consider how I might best meet the expectations of my university while simultaneously achieving work-life balance. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to learn from NCFDD. It is definitely a community in which I will participate throughout my academic career, as I know it is one that will continue to meet me where I am to support me in my professional growth."

 

Michelle Fowler-Amato, PhD
Assistant Professor
English Department
Old Dominion University

"the program also helped me adopt best practices and habits into my daily life in a multi-faceted, tangible way that impacted every area of my life."

"As someone who is interested in productivity broadly, I came into FSP expecting a redundant overview of things I already knew from books, podcasts, and other workshops. I was surprised to find that the FSP program not only had curated a novel curriculum of advances and knowledge in productivity and professional development, but the program also helped me adopt best practices and habits into my daily life in a multi-faceted, tangible way that impacted every area of my life. I am sincerely looking forward to participating in the FSP again as an alum."

 

Rebecca R. Hernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Land, Air, and Water Resources
UC Davis

"I had a very productive Fall quarter!"

"I thoroughly benefited from participating in the Faculty Success Program and have recommended it highly to many colleagues, postdocs, and students. The program enriched my experience professionally by giving me tools and a fantastic support system to develop healthy and efficient work habits. It also helped me transition back to work from maternity leave while embracing being a mom to two small and incredible little people. I feel much more confident and in control of the academic parent juggling act as I head into my final year before tenure. As an extra bonus, I had a very productive Fall quarter! I’m looking forward to continuing my involvement through the Alumni program."

 

Rebecca Terry, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Oregon State University

"In the context of a busy semester, the Faculty Success Program helped me to establish important habits that effectively managed my time and greatly reduced my stress during the semester."

"When I started my tenure-track position, I assumed my first semester was going to progress at a nice, slow pace. I thought to myself, “teaching one new course with only department-level service, I am going to have TONS of time to get research and writing done.” I was very wrong. In the context of a busy semester, the Faculty Success Program helped me to establish important habits that effectively managed my time and greatly reduced my stress during the semester. I learned to prioritize writing and teaching tasks based on the rhythm of the semester, and how to delegate tasks so that I can spend more time on the things that contribute to my long-term goals. Although I didn’t get as much writing done this semester as I wanted to accomplish, I learned how to write daily and move projects forward, while juggling multiple, competing priorities. I believe the habits I developed in the Faculty Success Program will serve me well as I work toward achieving tenure."

 

Naila A. Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Dickinson College

"I also gained insight into my own personal preferences and needs for how I work and learned how to use them to my advantage, including in collaborative projects."

"The FSP program was the best thing I could have done for myself! I learned vital strategies for getting and staying organized and productive on a daily, weekly, quarterly, and yearly basis. I also gained insight into my own personal preferences and needs for how I work and learned how to use them to my advantage, including in collaborative projects. I was challenged and affirmed throughout the whole program – especially by my coach and small group – and it inspired me to get it together!"

 

Barb Toews, PhD
Assistant Professor
Social Work and Criminal Justice Program
University of Washington Tacoma

"Thanks to this program, I went from producing maybe one publication a year to an accepted paper, two accepted chapter proposals, a paper under review, and a new paper started – in one semester."

"The FSP was an amazing experience. Thanks to this program, I went from producing maybe one publication a year to an accepted paper, two accepted chapter proposals, a paper under review, and a new paper started – in one semester. The homework modules helped me set priorities and better balance my family and non-work obligations with my faculty expectations. The small group accountability structure helped keep me on track. I’m so glad I participated in this program!"

 

Danielle MacCartney, PhD
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Webster University

"Due in part to the skills I learned through this program and the subsequent productivity over the past semester, I was awarded an excellence in research award from my department."

"The FSP has been a truly transformative experience. Because of this program not only was I able to craft and submit my first NIMH grant but I also submitted three first author manuscripts as well as several other co-authored papers. In addition to the time management and productivity skills that are provided through the core curriculum, one-on-one master coach sessions are available for personalized enrichment. Through this opportunity I was able to work with a coach to devise a plan for my upcoming salary negotiation for my promotion to Assistant Professor. Due in part to the skills I learned through this program and the subsequent productivity over the past semester, I was awarded an excellence in research award from my department. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the FSP program and highly recommend this bootcamp."

 

Roseann Peterson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Virginia Commonwealth University

"The program fundamentally changed the way I approach the work week and I'm never going back."

"My overall assessment of this program is that every faculty member would benefit from going through the bootcamp. In particular, it offers a very different view of time management than I had previously used or even heard about. Assigning very specific tasks (research/writing, teaching, service and personal) from your Strategic Plan to finite time windows on your calendar at the start of the week removes the need to waste time thinking about which task on a long checklist you will tackle at any given time to get you to your goal of X. It is incredibly freeing. The online software was an exceptional motivator keeping me on track throughout the term. The program fundamentally changed the way I approach the work week and I'm never going back."

 

Sarah J. Hamilton, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Marquette University

"I recommend this program to anyone who needs a productivity boost, a chance to clarify priorities, or the support of a like-minded community."

"The Faculty Success Program helped improve my productivity and my sense of work-life balance. I learned how to approach my work more mindfully and more joyfully. I recommend this program to anyone who needs a productivity boost, a chance to clarify priorities, or the support of a like-minded community."

 

Darby Saxbe, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Southern California

"I stuck hardest to the fundamentals of the program: daily writing, strategic planning, and time mapping and saw HUGE benefits."

"First I should say that I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface on all that I got out of the FSP. I stuck hardest to the fundamentals of the program: daily writing, strategic planning, and time mapping and saw HUGE benefits. I am still adhering to these principles today because they really produced fundamental changes for me in moving towards a more work/life balanced existence. As a scientist, I also love the idea of experimenting with literature based productivity/personal wellness techniques and observing the changes these had for me personally. Thank you to Kerry Ann and her team for making this manageable and so helpful in a short time!"

 

Carlita Favero, PhD
Associate Professor
Biology and Neuroscience
Ursinus College

"I was more productive during my semester in FSP than in the previous two semesters combined, and I have reclaimed my weekends!"

"The Faculty Success Program was an incredible experience for me. As a second-year tenure-track faculty member with a heavy service/admin load, I was struggling to keep everything in balance and often felt overwhelmed by my to-do list. FSP helped me establish practices to identify my priorities and align my time spent with those priorities. Now, instead of spending my time putting out fires, I have a plan and the tools and skills to make happen.

 

I was more productive during my semester in FSP than in the previous two semesters combined, and I have reclaimed my weekends!"

 

Mandy Faretta-Stutenberg, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Northern Illinois University

"the program also helped me build a supportive community of peers who I continue to have contact with now that the program is over."

"The Faculty Success Program was a great experience for me. The program helped raise my awareness of how I use my time and taught me concrete strategies on how to match my time to my priorities. By working more smartly, I was able to achieve more of my goals in less time and to have a greater work-life balance. Importantly, the program also helped me build a supportive community of peers who I continue to have contact with now that the program is over. I highly recommend this program."

 

Melissa Lippold, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"For the first time in my career, I approach my writing with joy rather than angst."

"I need only one word to describe the Faculty Success Program: transformative. FSP utterly transformed my relationship to my work, my research, and my writing. For the first time in my career, I approach my writing with joy rather than angst. I have a much more positive attitude about work overall. And I’m much happier with life in general. Thank you FSP! I still have things to work on, but I now have the tools, my small group, and the FSP Alumni Program to help me make the changes I want to make."

 

Marian Mollin, PhD
Associate Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Virginia Tech

"I found the Faculty Success Program incredibly rewarding and effective in helping me create better work-life balance."

"I found the Faculty Success Program incredibly rewarding and effective in helping me create better work-life balance. In fact, near the end of the program I received confirmation that my book proposal was accepted. The group was beneficial in helping me negotiate the discussions with the publisher. I now have a book contract and my writing is on schedule to complete the manuscript by the due date."

 

Theresa M. Winge
Associate Professor
Apparel and Textile Design
Michigan State University

"I found that working smarter, not harder, is an attainable goal!"

"The Faculty Success Program is a highly motivating and well-thought-out program designed to help faculty thrive in the academy, not only as scholars but as real people with real lives. Each week the webinars touch on a different aspect of the faculty member’s life until you, as a participant, have a good sense of what your personal growth areas are. There is intense coaching and accountability but also room for fun! The genius of FSP is that it works for so many people because it is based on reflection and self-regulation. Thanks to FSP, I have developed a greater flexibility in tackling complex projects and found that working smarter, not harder, is an attainable goal!"

 

Aline Godfroid, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University

"Being a member of FSP gave me the structure and accountability that was missing. I attribute my success to our FSP small group and online communities."

"The NCFDD Faculty Success Program (FSP) was exactly what I needed. I had just finished a particularly stressful time in my life and my overall research productivity had taken a slump. I needed to produce quality work and boost the overall productivity of my efforts and time. Being a member of FSP gave me the structure and accountability that was missing. I attribute my success to our FSP small group and online communities. I also loved the tracking mechanisms that allowed me to learn more about my work habits. I'm really looking forward to boosting my productivity even further in the Alumni program."

 

Angela N. Gist, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies
University of Kansas

"FSP was amazing and my writing is better for it – in terms of productivity, clarity and confidence."

"The FSP was amazing and my writing is better for it – in terms of productivity, clarity and confidence. The program also introduced me to excellent strategies for prioritizing and accomplishing my professional and personal goals. In the end, these strategies were what I found to be most useful in managing the constant juggling act that scholarship entails. They will continue to give me perspective on how, why, and what, I want to achieve in and beyond academe."

 

Anna Arabindan Kesson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of African American Studies
Princeton University

"As a result of participating in the summer 2016 program, I have two articles that will be published in January 2017, I have maintained my fitness goals, my evenings and weekends are reserved for family and fun, I am writing daily, and I am much more confident and knowledgeable about how to successfully navigate the tenure-track."

"As a tenure-track assistant professor, mother, wife, and commuter, I struggled to maintain a healthy work-life balance prior to participating in the Faculty Success Program. Before participating, I spent too much of my time on teaching and service and less on writing and research. I also found myself working in the evenings and on the weekends—time that I promised to spend with my family. I was not happy with the direction that I was headed in, and I did not know what to do to change it. The Faculty Success Program literally helped me to get my whole life in order. The strategic planning, the weekly planning meetings, the homework, the phone calls with my group, the commitment to write at least 30 minutes per day, and the way the program encourages you to put your health and wellness first have left an indelible mark on my life. As a result of participating in the summer 2016 program, I have two articles that will be published in January 2017, I have maintained my fitness goals, my evenings and weekends are reserved for family and fun, I am writing daily, and I am much more confident and knowledgeable about how to successfully navigate the tenure-track. I am so grateful that this program exists!"

 

April Baker-Bell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures
Michigan State University

"I am now getting more work done, in less time, and no longer feel guilty about not working every minute of the day."

"The Faculty Success Program was both enjoyable and of immediate practical value. Every week I learned a new way to be more deliberate and effective with my time, both at work and at home. The time management, strategic goal setting, and prioritization frameworks are all incredibly valuable and are substantially more than “tips and tricks.” The daily writing habit helped me finish and submit several manuscripts and proposals within the timeframe of the program. I am now getting more work done, in less time, and no longer feel guilty about not working every minute of the day."

 

Brady Hardiman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental & Ecological Engineering
Purdue University

"The strategies I learned during the FSP are helping me to get high quality writing done more efficiently."

"I highly recommend the FSP. The program lays out an intuitive process for setting and meeting daily, weekly, and quarterly goals. The strategies I learned during the FSP are helping me to get high quality writing done more efficiently."

 

C.J. Gabbe, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences
Santa Clara University

"It is simply a wonderful program!"

"As a former administrator and full time teacher, this program was a God sent because it allowed me the opportunity to tackle the research and writing that I so desperately wanted and needed to bet back in to. It gave me the courage to explore new ways of thinking about my writing and practice while giving me the group support and resources important to my growth as a researcher again. It is simply a wonderful program!"

 

Clovis L. White, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Oberlin College

" I found the structure of the program to be extremely beneficial with weekly lessons building on each other, first focusing on work issues and moving towards lifestyle goals such as sleep."

"I loved my experience with the Faculty Success Program summer session. I felt the information given was helpful in learning long term skills necessary for the work/life balance that everyone is striving to achieve. I found the structure of the program to be extremely beneficial with weekly lessons building on each other, first focusing on work issues and moving towards lifestyle goals such as sleep. The group sessions were amazing. I was skeptical at first, given my group consisted of all humanities disciplines whereas I am a biologist; however it was refreshing and welcome to have the opinions and support from people coming from other fields. The group coach was very supportive and when a question was asked that she was unable to answer, she would always reach out to others to make sure the information was uncovered. I am really excited for the fall alumni session and will be talking to my graduate students about the information I learned. "

 

Danielle Dixson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Biosciences
University of Delaware

"FSP gave me some practical tools and support to prioritize writing, one of the most important aspects of my career."

"I am at a phase in my career where I have WAY more things to do than time to complete them. The FSP gave me some practical tools and support to prioritize writing, one of the most important aspects of my career. I had one of the most productive summers of my life this year and the FSP was a key part of that! The strategic plan, weekly planning meeting, and daily writing habit are tools I have implemented in a weekly basis and will continue to use. My coach was an excellent academic role model and supported us with tailored feedback on a regular basis. I will recommend the program to colleagues who are looking to enhance productivity and contentment in the academy. "

 

Danielle Ramo, PhD
Assistant Professor in Residence
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

"After the 12-week session, I've never felt better about my scholarly trajectory."

"The summer session of the Faculty Success Program was an incredible experience. Although I had a lot of trepidation going into the bootcamp, I found it to be the best thing I've ever done for my professional development. I went from a sporadic writing practice and a life overwhelmed by administrative and family responsibilities, to a productive scholarly trajectory and balanced life. The FSP program steps one through a number of concrete and achievable techniques and goals that are ultimately sustainable and practical. All of the coaches and participants were helpful and supportive. After the 12-week session, I've never felt better about my scholarly trajectory."

 

David J. Vazquez, PhD
Associate Professor and Head of English
University of Oregon

"I received practical, employable feedback and was able to meet my summer writing and research goals."

"My participation in the summer session of the Faculty Success Program greatly affected my productivity, perspective on academia, and expanded my network. Under the guidance of a great coach, I received practical, employable feedback and was able to meet my summer writing and research goals. My group offered numerous suggestions to tackling the intellectual and emotional challenges we face on a daily basis. I am excited to maintain the connections I’ve made and I look forward to building more in the Alumni program. "

 

Delia Fernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Michigan State University

"Although it’s not something that I can quantify I did with grants and publications, the biggest relief was probably organizing my mentoring, as that felt very out of control at the beginning of the year."

"I have always had a lot of ambition for what I wanted to accomplish in the summer and I have rarely succeeded. Although my eyes are still bigger than my stomach, I came much closer this summer to doing what I had hoped to do than I ever have in the past. Tracking our projects was one of the homework assignments we got in the program, and that seems to have paid off. Oh and I also developed an online course for the new Masters in Health Policy and Law program, which just launched. Although it’s not something that I can quantify I did with grants and publications, the biggest relief was probably organizing my mentoring, as that felt very out of control at the beginning of the year. I’ve actually picked up 2 more advisees in the last few months but am feeling less overwhelmed than I was with the first 3."

 

Dorie Apollonio, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
University of California, San Francisco

"I'm better able to prioritize my writing and growth as a researcher-writer."

"I started the Faculty Success Program feeling overwhelmed by too many demands and too little time. Over the course of the Program and through conversation with my small group and coach, I'm better able to prioritize my writing and growth as a researcher-writer. I now plan my day, week, and semesters strategically with realistic goals. I'm excited to start my Fall semester and put lessons learned from FSP into practice."

 

Jamon Van Den Hoek, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University

"During a summer of heightened political and activist demands, FSP, my coach, and small group offered me the toolkits to develop conscious practices to achieve the goals I set for myself around balancing life-intellectual work-art-and activism."

"FSP demystifies “Medici” court politics of the academy. This is especially valuable for women, faculty of color, first generation, and working class faculty who may experience added scrutiny in review processes or be locked out of existing mentor channels. During a summer of heightened political and activist demands, FSP, my coach, and small group offered me the toolkits to develop conscious practices to achieve the goals I set for myself around balancing life-intellectual work-art-and activism. Finally, as a queer parent in a dual career household, FSP provided new national networks of academics who were also wearing a lot of different hats and making it work. It made visible and available the wealth of peer mentoring resources beyond the local resources of your university or your existing disciplinary networks."

 

Jeanne Scheper, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies
University of California, Irvine

"The Faculty Success Program really opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about my work."

"The Faculty Success Program really opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about my work. I enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with different (research-proven) strategies to increase my productivity and work-life balance. The strategic plan and weekly meetings have made a huge difference, because they made me realize my previous expectations of what I could accomplish, given the realities of my life, were absurd. Having a realistic plan makes all the difference in my outlook and motivation level."

 

Jennifer L. Lambe, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
University of Delaware

"I loved the Faculty Success Program!"

 
"The combination of weekly video skill trainings, small groups, group coaching, individual coaching, and the online daily writing accountability was unbeatable. FSP offers a winning formula! I can genuinely say that my entire approach towards my work has changed for the better!"

 

Joanna Arch, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
University of Colorado, Boulder

"I liked these strategies so much that I am now actively encouraging my students and postdocs to experiment with similar practices!"

"The Faculty Success Program was a wonderful opportunity to take a step back and be introspective about my work and life habits. I realized that I can be intentional about every aspect of my work---not just what gets written down on paper, but how it gets written down, and when, and with whom. Simple strategies---like semester and weekly planning---can bring a sense of control to a hectic school year. I liked these strategies so much that I am now actively encouraging my students and postdocs to experiment with similar practices!"

 

Laura Chomiuk, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Michigan State University

"the support, camaraderie, and advice gained from the other small group members and coach were invaluable!"

"The FSP was wonderful for many reasons, however I am taking two primary pieces with me into the new academic year--first, a daily writing practice of at least 30 minutes. Even when I feel like I don't have the energy, putting in at least 30 minutes of writing every day really piles up in terms of productivity in the long run. And second, making plans---a semester plan, followed by weekly plans. Making these plans helped me to better structure and reflect on my time and multiple projects, and be better prepared for making progress, even when life gets in the way. One last thing---the support, camaraderie, and advice gained from the other small group members and coach were invaluable! I am excited to continue with my group in the Alumni Program!"

 

Leslie Locke, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Education
University of Iowa

"The daily writing habit alone has been transformative!"

"The FSP program gave me some strategies for balancing my teaching, research, and personal well-being that have re-shaped my productivity. The daily writing habit alone has been transformative – It took me nearly the entire program to really get into the swing of things and stop fighting it, but I’ve made more progress in the last few weeks with regular morning writing than in previous whole semesters. The support of our experienced coach and the weekly check ins has been a critical component – it’s the support network that really helped troubleshoot my routine and find out what works for me."

 

Nicole M. Becker, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Iowa

"During the 12-week Faculty Success Program I learned many of the unspoken rules for being productive and successful in academia and challenged personal and professional barriers to productivity."

"I used to work all day, all night, and every weekend. I sacrificed sleep and time with my partner and children to make the next deadline and put out the latest fire. I was always in crisis mode and could not find time for the more strategic planning necessary for the next stage in my career. During the 12-week Faculty Success Program I learned many of the unspoken rules for being productive and successful in academia and challenged personal and professional barriers to productivity. The program helped me start evaluating and taking control of my time. I not only rediscovered my love for writing and became more productive, but I also have better balance between work, family and my own self-care. "

 

NiCole T. Buchanan, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Michigan State University

"I found that by doing that I became a better and more efficient administrator as my priorities aligned with both my personal interests and with what my tenureable view will be asking for in 3 years."

"The Faculty Success Program gave me the skills and direction to successful navigate an administrative and faculty role. I learned to take control of my calendar and center my own research and writing. I found that by doing that I became a better and more efficient administrator as my priorities aligned with both my personal interests and with what my tenureable view will be asking for in 3 years. Even thought I am in a bit of a different academic role I was still able to fully engage in the program and come out with a submitted book chapter, book review, and full draft of two articles that I will be submitting for peer review in the fall. "

 

Nicole Truesdell, PhD
Senior Director of Academic Diversity & Inclusiveness
Beloit College

"FSP taught me the necessary prioritization and time management skills that I needed to survive as an academic."

"The FSP taught me the necessary prioritization and time management skills that I needed to survive as an academic. Throughout the program, I became more confident of my abilities and learned to be more efficient at accomplishing my professional and personal goals, all while *increasing* the amount of the time that I get to spend with my friends and families outside of work. At the conclusion of the program, I finished multiple conference and journal articles and an external grant proposal, and also established regular workout routines and social/entertainment/family times. Overall, I'm a happier person and my quality of life improved significantly. I think it's important for all starting academics like myself to go through the FSP programs to learn the ropes and to simply know that work-life balance is absolutely manageable and achievable, and FSP is a catalyst and an effective life coach that will help facilitate that transformation."

 

Patrick Shih, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Informatics & Computing
Indiana University, Bloomington

"I can’t say enough about this course and have already recommended it to several fellow faculty members."

"I came to FSP post-tenure, feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities and spending each day putting out fires. While I’ve done a lot of reading on productivity and organization, FSP helped those tools make sense for me in very practical ways. I’m feeling much more productive and in charge of my time, and much less GUILTY about structuring my work days such that I have time for family and for myself! I wasn’t expecting how beneficial having the small group of faculty with similar career issues would be. The accountability with my group and our mentor made things work for me in a way I had not experienced before. I would recommend this program for beginning faculty so they start out with the tools they need from the get go. However, this program is clearly useful whether you are just starting, approaching tenure, or dealing with the post-tenure career path. I can’t say enough about this course and have already recommended it to several fellow faculty members."

 

Rebecca D. Burdine, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton University

"I learned skills I wish I had learned as a graduate student."

"I have been telling as many colleagues as I can about what a professionally enriching and fulfilling experience it was to participate in the FSP. I learned skills I wish I had learned as a graduate student. Indeed, right after going over the syllabus last week, I taught my graduate students how to write their own strategic plan for the semester using the method I learned in FSP. I think what I loved most about my experience was the program’s focus on prioritizing the two things that ensure success in academia, but are often shoved to the side in our busyness: daily writing and daily self-care. I’m going for round two in the alumni program this coming semester and my goal is to continue practicing the skills I learned in the program over the summer. The community support, small group comradery and support from a fantastic coach enriched the skills learning and made the challenging weeks worthwhile. I can’t recommend this program enough for both current and future faculty."

 

Rebecca S. Martinez, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Education
Indiana University, Bloomington

"It empowers individuals to have more impactful, deliberate and organized tasks throughout the day, week, and quarter."

"The Faculty Success Program assists in producing more effective writing for research and provides more knowledge on the right path to attain tenure. Furthermore, the program encourages participants to branch out our network of colleagues, collaborators and mentors. It allows one to re-think how to interact with time on a daily basis. It empowers individuals to have more impactful, deliberate and organized tasks throughout the day, week, and quarter. For these and many other reasons not mentioned, I would highly recommend the program to all who would like to be more productive in their academic disciplines."

 

Shahrdad Lotfipour, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine &Pharmacoloy
University of California, Irvine

"I cannot recommend this program enough!"

"This program showed me that it is possible to get significant writing done in short bursts at a time. At a teaching-intensive university (4/4 load), I found it challenging to make time to write. Additionally, my self-care was dwindling down to non-existent. The FSP program provided me with the tools and support I needed to prioritize my writing and to achieve a healthier balance, all of which led to increased (and dare I say, enjoyable!) productivity around writing. By the end of the program, I had gotten an article at the revision stage to accepted status, and my increased productivity helped my research team and I complete a book proposal that resulted in being offered a contract! I cannot recommend this program enough!"

 

Sher Ratnabalasuriar, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
Saginaw Valley State University

"There are no gimmicks: just systematic planning, time-management, and self-management skills, and techniques to overcome resistance."

"The FSP helped me to conquer a multi-year period of research and writing stagnation, resulting in the most productive and satisfying 12 weeks of my career in recent memory. There are no gimmicks: just systematic planning, time-management, and self-management skills, and techniques to overcome resistance. These are introduced and instilled in a compassionate way. The program was created by members of the academic profession, for people in the academic profession. The leaders and coaches really understand the needs and thought processes of academics and the benefits and challenges of academic life. The program is uniquely tailored to this self-selecting population."

 

Stephanie P. Schlagel, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Musicology
University of Cincinnati

"FSP's skills and supports and my enduring connections with other bootcampers have enabled me to bring focus, kindness, and self-care into my workdays."

"For years I've felt that the endless, thankless treadmill of faculty existence was unsustainable, and now I know for a fact that work-life balance, productivity, and joy can co-exist. In fact, they should define our academic existence. FSP's skills and supports and my enduring connections with other bootcampers have enabled me to bring focus, kindness, and self-care into my workdays."

 

Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant, PhD
Professor and Director
Department of Women's Studies
DePauw University

"FSP transformed my outlook on academic writing."

"FSP transformed my outlook on academic writing. It forced me to recognize, and then helped me let go of, myths that I had long mistaken for academic truths: that I could only write when I felt “touched by the muse”; when I had a completely uninterrupted day; when I had read everything there was to read on my topic and knew exactly what my argument was. The camaraderie and support I discovered in my small group was an unexpected pleasure; our coach, Rachel, helped foster a degree of honesty and genuinely constructive criticism that I have rarely encountered. In 12 weeks, I completed an article, applied for (and won!) a grant, developed a sustainable action plan for completing my manuscript –– and finally got my evenings back!"

 

Tara Fickle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Oregon

"With this support, I was more productive and experienced more work-life balance than I ever had."

"I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Kerry Ann about 5 years ago, and ever since then, I have been a supporter of all things NCFDD! I had heard great things about the Faculty Success Program but needed to figure out how to get the support to participate. Learning from the “Making the Ask” resource, I included the Faculty Success Program tuition into my NIH K01 award I received in 2015. My Summer 2016 experience in the FSP went beyond anything I ever imagined! While I enjoyed everything about the program, I benefited most from my weekly small group calls and our amazing coach, Cleopatra! It was both refreshing and even therapeutic (academic therapy J) to have been grouped with other women of color who were not only tenure-track, Assistant Professors, but who were also, were moms with young children. We pushed each other to not only thrive in our academic professions, but also to apply the principles and tools that we were learning from the FSP (e.g., self-care), so that we could also thrive in our families. With this support, I was more productive and experienced more work/life- balance than I ever had. Because of this experience, I am now in the Alumni program and looking forward to continuing to benefit from all I gained in the FSP."

 

Tisha M. Felder, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
University of South Carolina

"The program helped me to confirm my personal priorities and figure out how to align my efforts to be consistent with my values."

"As an Associate Professor serving as Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Scholarship, I was acutely aware of the need for faculty to channel out the noise presented by various demands and expectations placed on us, and instead focus on our needs defined by our personal values and professional goals. The FSP bootcamp seemed to hold that possibility. After working with my school to support faculty participation in the program, I decided it was my turn to give it a try as my administrative role was nearing an end. My hope was that the program would help me to become more aligned with my values around work and my personal life. The program helped me to confirm my personal priorities and figure out how to align my efforts to be consistent with my values. Although many faculty use the FSP primarily to increase productivity in scholarship, it was equally effective in helping me to be productive in the non-academic areas I prioritized. I was able to spend meaningful time with my kids this summer, and be more productive in scholarship than I had been in recent years. Often academia promotes a standard model for success, the FSP program helped confirm that it is possible to successfully do it our own way."

 

Wadiya Udell, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Faculty
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
University of Washington, Bothell

"FSP gave me the means and the space to test some techniques and really hone in on what would be most useful to me."

"I found the FSP Bootcamp program to be the kick I needed to accelerate my research program. I had previously heard of many of the techniques to increase productivity that were presented during the bootcamp, but I was never really sure how to implement them into my own life. FSP gave me the means and the space to test some techniques and really hone in on what would be most useful to me. I have found that piecing a task into do-able projects and then scheduling those projects into my calendar to be a feasible way to keep me on task. I think one of the most difficult things about being a faculty member is the self-imposed scheduling and how easy it can be to get side-tracked onto a low-priority task. FSP allowed me to figure out what I really need to be doing and how I can let go of some of the non-essential tasks. I have been feeling so productive and more confident in my chosen field."

 

Abigail Engelberth, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Purdue University

"I was able to increase my productivity through the submission of two papers while lowering stress and increasing my work-life balance."

"The FSP program allowed me to understand the processes that I have allowed to propagate that have led to mounting stresses in the face of success. Through my involvement in the program, I was able to increase my productivity through the submission of two papers while lowering stress and increasing my work-life balance. Through coaching, peer mentoring, and evaluation of self-practice I was able to develop skills that will help build a foundation for success and sanity going forward."

 

Adam Kirn, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

"I revised three article manuscripts, wrote one new article, and completed a book proposal with two sample chapters this spring with the support of FSP!"

"FSP transformed my work habits by encouraging me to examine my practices and unpack my assumptions about what I need to be productive. Developing a daily writing practice, in particular, has totally transformed the way I do my work and enhanced my productivity exponentially. For me, the problem was not avoidance so much as a lack of boundaries and purpose with my schedule and goals, so I didn't have an off switch. I thought I needed large chunks of time to work, and was fine with making those large chunks of time take over my week. Now I take weekends off (mostly) and can do so without guilt and without losing any productivity with the skills I learned in FSP. I revised three article manuscripts, wrote one new article, and completed a book proposal with two sample chapters this spring with the support of FSP! I tell all of my friends and colleagues about the lessons I learned during this program and try to spread the word about some of the ways to get your productivity and schedule under control. "

 

Amy Lueck, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Santa Clara University

"my productivity has increased significantly and I enjoy writing more."

"Participating in the Faculty Success Program bootcamp transformed the way I approach time management and writing. As a new faculty member, I struggled to set and meet realistic goals and with setting aside time for writing. Developing a strategic plan for the semester and holding weekly planning meetings has enabled me to make time to write every day, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. As a result, my productivity has increased significantly and I enjoy writing more."

 

Bethany Wilinski
Assistant Professor
College of Education
Michigan State University

"I was able to achieve a greater balance in my work and home life (I actually got my weekends back!)"

"I joined the Faculty Success Program to help me move beyond surviving the academy to thriving in the academy. Through coaching, my small group, accountability and the helpful guidance of Kerry Ann’s weekly videos, I was able to achieve a greater balance in my work and home life (I actually got my weekends back!) while also increasing my productivity. I also learned to give up my perfectionism and accept that there will always be more to do, but that what I’m doing (and more importantly, who I am) is enough. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to find this community. "

 

Betina Hsieh, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Education
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

"I find myself more productive because I am more fully present at work and at home."

"I found in the Faculty Success Program a community to help me develop my voice and sense of agency as an academic following a number of significant life transitions (the death of my co-author, the birth of my second child, and becoming a department chair). I am imperfect in how I continue to practice the lessons I learned in the FSP, but I now routinely felt choice where before I felt obligation. I strive to begin each day by asking myself: If all that I am already is enough, then how would I like to spend my time today? I find myself more productive because I am more fully present at work and at home."

 

Deanna L. Fassett, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Studies
San José State University

"it has made me a more empowered and productive faculty member!"

"My experience with the Faculty Success Program was phenomenal. When I started the program, I had just entered an R1 institution and my first tenure-track position, while also being a new parent. I discovered the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity through my university and started taking their free webinars in Fall 2015. I was thrilled when my Chair sponsored me to participate in FSP. Week after week, I found myself engaged in activities that helped me tap into productivity. Returning to Kerry Ann’s carefully designed structure each week, helped me organize and balance research, teaching, and service. Most critical to the experience was working with the group coach and the colleagues in my weekly call. Our coach had extraordinary insights for each of us and through our conversations, we found overlapping issues and concerns that when shared, helped each person to grow. This group has become a permanent fixture in my work life, we chose to continue our weekly call after the twelve week program ended. These colleagues hold me accountable for my work life and my personal life. I now tell every new faculty member I meet to look into this program — it has made me a more empowered and productive faculty member!"

 

Elizabeth M. Claffey, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Studio Art
Indiana University, Bloomington

"I highly recommend this program to all faculty!"

"I learned so much from the Faculty Success Program. I appreciated the data-driven approach to implementing different strategies, and Ioved the mix of short-term planning (figuring out goals for the semester, weekly planning meetings, etc) and long-term visioning (thinking about the next chapters in our professional lives). Our coach was fantastic and my small group is still meeting weekly so that we can continue providing support to one another. I highly recommend this program to all faculty!"

 

Jessica BloisPhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Life & Environmental Sciences
University of California, Merced


"The program helped me gain insight into what I liked and didn’t like about my current experience and gave me tools and courage to make positive changes."

"I had been considering leaving academia to open my own coaching business. I enrolled in the Faculty Success Program to make a more informed decision about my future (and to make sure that this wasn’t just a case of the post-tenure blues). The program helped me gain insight into what I liked and didn’t like about my current experience and gave me tools and courage to make positive changes. I am starting an education-based coaching business and am working with my institution to make the program available to our current and future students. "

 

Jill M. WeberPhD
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Hollins University

"I have been able to implement real changes, take back my weekends, and establish realistic goals for myself."

"I recently completed the Faculty Success Program and the skills it taught me could not have come at a better time: I am a junior professor working on my first book manuscript, and in the last two years, I have found it difficult to balance work and personal life. With the help of Kerry Ann's weekly training modules and with the support of my coach and small group, I have been able to implement real changes, take back my weekends, and establish realistic goals for myself. It was profoundly validating and reassuring to realize that despite working in different fields and institutions, my colleagues from the small group were facing similar challenges and questions. "

 

Julie Burelle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre
University of California, San Diego

"The Faculty Success Program was integral to helping me restart my career and reintegrate myself into academia."

"I can’t overstate how well the program is designed and how transformative it was for me and my productivity this term. I recently returned to my position after an extended disability leave. The Faculty Success Program was integral to helping me restart my career and reintegrate myself into academia. I came away with more accomplishments than I thought would be possible in one term, as well as invaluable skills and support networks that continue to benefit me."

 

Kathy Liddle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Toronto

"I can now relax on weekends with no work-related anxiety"

"When I started for the Faculty Success Program, I felt very much at a career crossroads. The FSP not only helped me to choose the path that was right for me, but also made me feel more confident and positive about my career than I had felt for some time. The combination of the weekly training sessions, peer coaching, and small group accountability meetings taught and enabled me to control and organize my workday. I am now much more productive through the week and confident in my abilities; I can now relax on weekends with no work-related anxiety. More importantly, I have taken Kerry Ann’s advice to “control your career” to heart. The transformative nature of this program encouraged me to “dream big” and act on making those dreams become a reality. I cannot say enough good things about the Faculty Success Program; I have strongly recommended this program to all my colleagues, no matter what stage of their career."

 

Kelly Diamond
University Librarian
West Virginia University Libraries

"It has made an enormous difference in how I approach every day at work."

"The Faculty Success Program helped me identify my career goals and to create a plan for achieving them. The most transformative part was learning how to prioritize my own writing and personal well-being every day, even in the busiest moments of the term. I learned to work through writing resistance by breaking down overwhelming goals to manageable tasks and chipping away at them. It has made an enormous difference in how I approach every day at work."

 

Kelsy KretschmerPhD
Assistant Professor
School of Public Policy
Oregon State University

"Without the FSP perspective, my view of the world and how to function effectively in it as a researcher, would be much dimmer."

"We learned how to more effectively manage our time such that it reflected our personal and professional goals. I now have a daily writing practice that has translated into (in the last 12 weeks alone), 1 (now funded) Engage grant, an NSERC CRD in prep, my NSERC Discovery is well on its way, a CFI notice of intent to be imminently submitted, and several (3) manuscripts to be submitted within the next couple of weeks, along with several (4) in the process of editing by coauthors (to be submitted over the summer). This course has finally helped me realize how to balance my various responsibilities while keeping research front and center. A second big benefit that I have seen is (through a time-tracking homework) that I have reclaimed some of my personal time (while ramping up research productivity!) - with my son, my partner and just taking care of myself. I sleep 8 hours a night! And because I know I am more efficient at work, I can relax and enjoy my time away from work. This course has helped me realize that a mentor network (20+ people) is far more useful and a productive approach to solving problems for myself. Without the FSP perspective, my view of the world and how to function effectively in it as a researcher, would be much dimmer. I think the small group experience was also key to my experience - we held each other accountable to our goals over the semester. I would strongly encourage the university to consider sponsoring other new faculty (or even faculty transitioning to a new role) to take this course. It really helped me understand how I could succeed in this role (and what to do when I wasn't)."

 

Lesley CampbellPhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biology
Ryerson University

"My productivity has improved, my long and short term goals are clear, and I have real plans on how to achieve them"

"My transition from a decade of professional practice in landscape architecture to academia was challenging – I felt like a fish out of water. The FSP taught me to put my personal and professional needs first, and to prioritize my research activities in ways I had never considered. My productivity has improved, my long and short term goals are clear, and I have real plans on how to achieve them. Most importantly, the FSP showed me that I am not alone in this process. It was transformative to realize that I not only want to do this, but that I can and will succeed, and there lots of people out there who will help me along the way."

 

Lisa Orr, RLA
Assistant Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture
West Virginia University

"The FSP also taught me how to identify writing resistance and how to say no to some requests."

"The faculty success program was instrumental in teaching me how to maximize my time and efforts towards the things that matter most to achieve tenure such as writing, research and teaching. In a data driven way, I was able to track where my time was allocated and with this data, I was able to access and adjust. The FSP also taught me how to identify writing resistance and how to say no to some requests. Most importantly, I learned a lot about self-compassion and self-care and how important these are in order to be able to run a sustainable research program and career."

 

Magdia De Jesus, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
State University of New York at Albany

"The Faculty Success Program helped me realize that I could carve out time to write after all, and that I could also change the ways I prioritized my work and personal time."

"After I got tenure two years ago, I thought I would feel relief and excitement about the future. Instead, I felt overwhelmed and out of control, having taken on too many service commitments and new teaching challenges. Research and writing came in a distant third to my other work. The Faculty Success Program helped me realize that I could carve out time to write after all, and that I could also change the ways I prioritized my work and personal time. The Faculty Success Program offered a wealth of practical tips and sensible advice for reorienting my thinking about my career. I recommend the program for anyone who needs a little help in figuring out what is preventing them from accomplishing their goals, and in mapping a path forward to accomplishing those goals."

 

Michelle MoydPhD
Associate Professor
Department of History
Indiana University, Bloomington

"I have a very different (and more positive) relationship with time."

"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the Faculty Success Bootcamp, especially in my first year of professoring! I learned strategies and practices for getting my writing life in order and they've helped me to be amazingly productive this year. My small group calls provided a space for problem-solving through the tricky parts of writing and academic life. The private coaching sessions were invaluable in helping me get organized and more efficient. And as promised, I have a very different (and more positive) relationship with time. Perhaps the best part is that these practices are now part of my repertoire and I can continue to draw on them across what I hope to be a fruitful career. I cannot recommend the Faculty Success Bootcamp enough. "

 

Michiko Hikida, PhD
Assistant Professor
The College of Education
The Ohio State University

"It gave me structure in my daily life, and the comfort of knowing that I am not alone."

"My experiences with FSP have been truly life changing. From learning to organize and prioritize, to having the support of my small groups--I do not know what I would have done without this program. It gave me structure in my daily life, and the comfort of knowing that I am not alone. I have been recommending this to every new faculty member that I meet because it has been so amazing! I have so much gratitude to all of the organizers, group leaders, and Kerry Ann for making this great program possible."

 

Nikki Traylor-KnowlesPhD
Assistant Professor
School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
University of Miami

"With the help of the program, my coach, and my small group, I feel like I now possess the tools that it will take to earn tenure at my institution."

"The Faculty Success Program was an excellent jump-start to my tenure process! I have become more disciplined with my writing and learned to prioritize both my research as well as my personal wellness. This program also gave me the opportunity to address the imposter syndrome that I, like many women and people of color in academia, have felt for so long. With the help of the program, my coach, and my small group, I feel like I now possess the tools that it will take to earn tenure at my institution."

 

Sarah L. Rodriguez, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Education
Iowa State University

"I've never looked forward to writing more!"

"The Faculty Success Program provided me with the structure and the impetus to stick to the strategies that I know work for me. I was able to tackle my chronic issues and troublesome habits (e.g., writing unrealistic goals, taking on guilt), maintain a positive outlook, and improve productivity. My favorite part of the program was working for my gold star each day - I've never looked forward to writing more!"

 

Sara T. Kover, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

"The Faculty Success Program was an extremely beneficial experience for me."

"The Faculty Success Program was an extremely beneficial experience for me. I learned to organize and balance a heavy teaching load with administrative duties and protect my family and personal time. I also managed to complete a draft of a manuscript a few weeks after the completion of the program! FSP works for faculty at two-year colleges, too! "

 

J. Sean Callahan, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Georgia Highlands College-Marietta

"The FSP program helped me to create a daily writing practice!"

"The FSP program helped me to create a daily writing practice! It helped me to get intimate with my project again and to have a healthy daily routine, no matter what. I have always considered myself an organized person but the strategic planning took it to a higher level for me and challenged me to say no and prioritize what makes me happy. I am still working the program and every week I discover something new about myself... which improves my writing."

 

Suyapa Portillo VilledaPhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies
Pitzer College

"the Faculty Success Program provides concrete approaches and habits that help keep the words flowing."

"The Faculty Success Program has been vital in helping me continue research and writing productivity while juggling all the new responsibilities that come along with a faculty position. Sometimes the balance between finishing manuscripts, starting a new research program, and developing new courses can be overwhelming, but the FSP provides concrete approaches and habits that help keep the words flowing. My coach and fellow participants were especially supportive! The FSP also encourages prioritizing our personal life, and this is especially important during hectic times. "

 

Tara Trammell, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Agricultural & Natural Resources
University of Delaware

"I did not expect to learn so much and being constantly challenged (positively) to improve myself and rethink the ways I used to do things."

"Coming from Europe and being new to the US academic system, I had the expectation to gain a few insights from peers at other institutions and pick up a few tips and tricks. I did not expect to learn so much and being constantly challenged (positively) to improve myself and rethink the ways I used to do things. The support group (we still continue to have weekly calls) was immensely helpful, especially the lessens learned and different perspectives from the diverse set of group members. I recommended FSP directly to our newest hire and would do it again in a heartbeat."

 

Thorsten WuestPhD
Assistant Professor
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
West Virginia University

"this has been the most productive year I have ever had in my career."

"I joined the Faculty Success Program during a year-long sabbatical as a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Six days before the start of the program, I lost my older brother to cancer. Personally, I was grieving on many levels and academically, I needed discipline, accountability, and time management. Each week, I learned invaluable writing strategies from Kerry Ann, their experienced coaches, and my small group. By writing 30 minutes to six hours a day during the semester, I submitted seven articles and had three manuscripts in preparation. I learned: (a) what real support looked like; (b) how to maintain a practical writing schedule, and (c) how to stop being hard on myself and value my accomplishments. To date, this has been the most productive year I have ever had in my career. Kerry Ann and the FSP family, your contribution to mentoring faculty is greatly appreciated. I intend to pay it forward. "

 

Tisha Lewis Ellison, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Language & Literacy Education
The University of Georgia

"The FSP is so powerful because it trains participants in the strategies, habits, and mindsets that are critical to a productive, fulfilling career, while having a rich life beyond one’s career"

"As academics, we all know what we’re “supposed” to do, but in practice, it’s extremely difficult to find the time and energy to tackle all of the research, writing, teaching, mentoring, service and outreach demands. The FSP is so powerful because it trains participants in the strategies, habits, and mindsets that are critical to a productive, fulfilling career, while having a rich life beyond one’s career (as opposed to barely keeping up with a to do list that doesn’t necessarily reflect your own priorities or interests). It also provides an incredible support team (coaches specializing in certain skill sets, a weekly group coach, and a small group of fellow participants) that help to fine-tune the strategies to your particular circumstances (whether that’s balancing research and service, work and family, personal illness, etc.), and that provide the accountability needed to change habits for the long-term. The biggest gifts that FSP have provided me:

  1. A rediscovery of the joy and passion I have for science (since now I spend much more of my time on the science, as opposed to all of the "busy work" there is in academia).
  2. The tools to be more effective with my time, thus freeing up time for myself- professionally and personally.
  3. A wonderful, wise group of friends and colleagues who continue to support and mentor and advise each other on weekly calls- even after the program is over."

 

Valerie EvinerPhD
Associate Professor
Department of Population Biology
University of California, Davis

"The FSP has some really useful tools"

"The Faculty Success Program really helped me maintain balanced productivity. I often thought “I already know how to do this,” but the problem was that I wasn’t actually doing any of those things. I would work in “panic mode" all the time. The FSP has some really useful tools, but the community is really the crucial part of the process. They offer the support, perspective, and — most of all — the accountability I needed to put in to practice all of the things that I “already know how to do” and maintain productivity and work/life balance."

 

Benjamin G. HawkinsPhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical, Chemical, & Materials Engineering
San José State University

"This fall, my department chair decided to put me up for tenure early!"

"This fall, my department chair decided to put me up for tenure early! It's something I'd NEVER have expected. In fact, after my first annual review, at the end of my first year, I was seriously debating whether to quit my job. I decided at that point to give it my best for a year, to do the Faculty Success Program, and to do work I thought was important. At the end of that year, my research was covered in an article in the New York Times. I've just recently received word that my tenure vote was very supportive. Wow. I want to say thank you, Kerry Ann...I so appreciate what you do and what your work and your community have contributed toward my development as a scholar."

 

Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA
Associate Professor
Division of Health Policy & Management
University of Minnesota, School of Public Health

"The whole program has been and will continue to be essential to my growth."

"As a participant in the Faculty Success Program, I was provided with the structure of support and guided to do the "things that really count" by showing up everyday for 30 minutes. I am a TT Assistant Professor and a new mom, the framework of support offered by FSP is vital to my growth and success as a whole person. I benefit from the online community beyond the FSP through the alumni program, through access to fabulous resources like Monday Motivators, "mentor mapping," and webinars that help me align with my professional and personal goals. The mentoring I received from group coaching, individual coaching, my peers and from Kerry Ann herself. As well, the concept of supportive accountability propels me forward. The whole program has been and will continue to be essential to my growth."

 

Kelly CobbPhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies
University of Delaware

"My experience with the Faculty Success Program was really positive!"

"My experience with the Faculty Success Program was really positive! I have had productive summers in the past, but I have not always had balance in my life. This time around, I was so much more efficient with my writing time that it allowed me to focus on some critical (and necessary) self-care tasks. I can honestly say that summer 2015 was one of my most productive and enjoyable summers as a professor."

 

Sylvia MartinezPhD
Associate Professor and Director of the Latino Studies Program
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington

"The FSP Bootcamp has increased my productivity tremendously."

"During the summer of 2015, I participated in the Faculty Bootcamp, enabling me to be UNUSUALLY productive during a very emotionally tough summer. The FSP Bootcamp has increased my productivity tremendously. I have five research goals and five service goals as well. I have accomplished one of my research goals (to complete and submit an article on the phonological features of AAE). I am no longer dreading the writing process. I have also completed compiling the information for the graduate school’s curriculum handbook (a service goal). This handbook has been something our committee has been laboring with for a couple years."

 

Iris Johnson ArnoldPhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
Tennessee State University

"I want you to know the central role NCFDD programs and FSP skills have played in allowing me to become a person who can think strategically and honestly about what I want, cope with the psychological barriers that get in the way, and move purposefully in those directions."

"I am delighted to report that I have now accepted the tenure track position at the Ohio State College of Public Health, which means that I will be moving out of a phase of accomplishing good work but struggling with insecure appointments into a position that both stabilizes my family and offers me a wealth of new opportunities! I want you to know the central role NCFDD programs and FSP skills have played in allowing me to become a person who can think strategically and honestly about what I want, cope with the psychological barriers that get in the way, and move purposefully in those directions. My academic productivity, my ability to make choices for myself, and my confidence in moving forward on a daily basis have all been profoundly affected by the programs and communities you have designed. Thank you for all your help."

 

Tasleem PadamseePhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Health Services Management & Policy
The Ohio State University

"This program was TRANSFORMATIVE!"

"Over the course of the 12 weeks we focused pretty intensely on organizational skills and behavior modification (e.g. daily writing). I found the accountability for the daily writing, my small group conference calls, as well as the weekly group call-in conferences all extremely useful for helping me to move towards work-life balance. I fully intend to continue using the skills I learned in the program throughout the rest of my academic career. I can not express how wonderful it is to have participated in the Bootcamp and to have access the resources at the NCFDD."

 

Jada Benn-Torres, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Notre Dame

"This is a valuable resource for any faculty member."

"The FSP was a transformative experience because the program meets you where you are on your professional journey and helps you learn and/or refine the behaviors and habits of mind to grow and thrive in the academy. This is a valuable resource for any faculty member. I am so glad that I participated!""

 

Denice Ward HoodPhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership
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