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Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD

President and CEO
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD, is President and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Her scholarship has focused on interracial families, biracial identity, and the politics of racial categorization. She is author of two important books: Beyond Black and Raising Biracial Children, as well as over two dozen articles and book chapters on multiracial youth. After Dr. Rockquemore became a tenured professor, her focus shifted to improving conditions for pre-tenure faculty by creating supportive communities for writing productivity and work/life balance. Her award-winning work with under-represented faculty led to the publication of her most recent book: The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul. Dr. Rockquemore provides workshops for faculty at colleges across the U.S., writes an advice column for Inside Higher Ed, and works with a select group of faculty each semester in the Faculty Success Program. Download Dr. Rockquemore's CV here.


William Haupricht

Vice President of Institutional Relations
William Haupricht is Vice-President of Institutional Relations at the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. William brings 15 years of consulting experience to the NCFDD and is responsible for developing and supporting institutional clients.

If you would like to discuss an institutional membership, please contact him at


Ashley Oliver

Institutional Membership Coordinator 
Ashley Oliver, M.S., provides programmatic and administrative support for institutional relations and compiles statistical data on institutional as well as prospective members. She is also the primary administrative contact for member and website support. Ashley brings a background in Project Management, International Relations, and English to the NCFDD.

If you have any institutional support questions, technical issues, or Career Center inquiries, please contact Ashley at

Ruben Jimenez

Campus Workshop Coordinator
Ruben Jimenez coordinates all campus workshops for the NCFDD. He is also the primary administrative contact for the Faculty Success Program. Ruben brings a background in organizational management, university administration, and event logistics to the NCFDD.

If you have any questions regarding campus workshops or the Faculty Success Program, please contact Ruben at


Talyn Khanbabyan 

Customer Care Representative

Talyn Khanbabyan provides administrative support for the NCFDD team as well as members and potential members. Her Psychology and Life Coaching backgrounds help bring systematic, creative, and efficient solutions to all tasks while focusing on positive synergy for all.

To contact Talyn, email her at

Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD

Training Director
Badia Sahar Ahad, PhD, is Associate Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Programs in English at Loyola University Chicago and is the author of Freud Upside Down: African-American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture (U of Illinois Press, 2010). Her areas of specialization are post-World War II African American literature, cultural studies, the history of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory. Currently, Badia is a Faculty Success Program Coach as well as the NCFDD’s Training Director.


Rick Patterson, CPA

Rick Patterson, CPA, handles all financial tasks related to NCFDD operations. This includes recordkeeping, reporting, and payment processing. Rick brings with him over 20 years of experience as a certified Public Accountant working with clients in various for-profit and non-profit industries to the NCFDD.

To contact Rick, email him at


Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP

Faculty Success Program Head Coach
Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. Applications of her research agenda occur within two primary domains: (1) vocational and educational development and (2) mental health and psychotherapy. Specifically, she attends to interpersonal and systemic factors (e.g., experiences with oppression, access to resources, unemployment) that contribute to mental health and career development among individuals from diverse and underrepresented groups. Mindi is a Faculty Success Program Coach as well as the Head Coach.

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Featured Members
Cherise HarrisThe Faculty Suceess Program and its curriculum have single-handedly changed my academic career!
Chi-Fang WuI got tenure! I could not have done it without your Faculty Success Program!

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