A Note from Kerry Ann - January 2014
Saturday, January 04, 2014
a new year and a new term! I don’t know about you but I’m
extraordinarily rejuvenated after the December break. I had the
opportunity to travel to Mexico, threw a huge surprise 75th
birthday party for my mom, hopped over to Pasadena to attend the Rose
Bowl, and engaged in something I’m slowly but surely learning: cooking!
Taking a break from work to rest, relax, re-connect (and have some fun!)
means that I’m ready and raring to go in 2014!
year, the NCFDD team is on a mission to help frustrated academics
radically redefine success. Why? Because we work with so many brilliant
faculty members who are physically and emotionally exhausted from
working all the time and yet, still feel like they are failing. In other
words, we want to bust the myth that being busy all the time, working 7
days a week, and experiencing chronic stress and sleep deprivation is
an unchangeable part of academic life. Especially when the exact
opposite is true: sleeping 8 hours a night, taking weekends off,
learning how to manage your work time, and having a life outside of work
will make you more productive, effective, and happy. We know this
because there’s plenty of empirical evidence to support it AND we’ve
watched over 500 faculty in our Faculty Success Program undergo this exact transformation.
want to encourage you to embrace the radical idea that living a full
life will improve your productivity, so we’re kicking off 2014 with a
monthly newsletter that's full of opportunities for you to start taking
steps in that direction. First and foremost, everyone is invited to
attend our most popular core workshop: Every Semester Needs A Plan.
It’s an amazing way for you to start prioritizing your personal and
long-term professional goals. In addition to this free workshop, January
is one of the two months each year that we have a special membership
drive. We’re offering a 20% discount for colleges and universities who
become Institutional Members during the month of January, and we’re having a 4-day membership drive (January 21-24) for new Individual Members.
hope you feel inspired by our January Newsletter to explore some new
possibilities, make some new connections, and work towards redefining
what success looks like for you in 2014!
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
President, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity