The Fall term is in full swing here at the NCFDD: I started my 12-campus workshop tour last week, we kicked off our biggest ever Faculty Success Program (154 boot-campers + 271 Alumni!!!), we've hired new team members, and we're welcoming several new campuses as Institutional Members!
With all this activity, our biggest challenge is staying focused amidst such rapid growth and change! Every time I need to get focused, I pick up a copy of the book that birthed the NCFDD: The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul. Re-reading it always reminds me why we're doing what we do and why continual growth is important. In other words, the way I get back-to-basics is to remember that our mission is to help as many faculty members as possible learn how to thrive amidst the pressures and challenges of academic life.
How do YOU get back to basics?
Whatever your process is, we have some resources to support you. In this month's core curriculum workshop I will tackle one of the most common challenges academic writers face: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism. We're also opening registration for Riyad Shahjahan's upcoming multi-week course onDeveloping the Resilient Writing Spirit: How to Overcome Shame and the Impostor Syndrome. We also have a guest expert workshop with Margarita Mooney to help you rethink How to Use Social Media for Engaged Scholarship. And if you've been wanting to become an NCFDD Individual Member, but you've been waiting for our annual membership drive, you're in luck! We're having a special 4-Day Membership Drive starting September 9th!
If your Fall term is off to a hectic start, we hope that this month's resources will help you to re-center, re-commit, and get clear about what really matters!