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Are You Ready for a New Academic Year?

Monday, August 10, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Allison Van Buren
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August has arrived and you know what that means: time to ramp up for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. We're in the midst of a big transition here at NCFDD! We've just trained a group of professors to be our new Campus Workshop Facilitators (pictured below). We've had a rapidly increasing demand for our on-campus workshops so now we'll be able to offer more live training for faculty members.


In addition to our expanded group of workshop facilitators, we've also just finished our largest 14-Day Writing Challenge ever where we had more than 1,400 academic writers creating a daily writing habit that led to a whirlwind of projects moving out the door. We're also in the midst of completing our summer session of the Faculty Success Program where we've put a community of 580 bootcampers and alumni through a rigorous 12 weeks of writing! And because all that writing and productivity has been accompanied by full nights of sleep and weekends off, we're wrapping up the summer feeling rejuvenated!

How are YOU feeling heading into the new academic year? 

Are you feeling energized or exhausted? Are you feeling empowered by all of the progress you've made on your writing projects this summer or overwhelmed by guilt, frustration and disappointment over another summer of not meeting your writing goals? Have you spent your summer writing or has it been spent repeating deep patterns of procrastination, avoidance, and denial? 

No matter how you're feeling heading into the new academic year, we've got resources to support you this month. First and foremost, our feature article (Shut Up & Write) describes the different types of community, support and accountability structures you can create for your writing this year. We’re also offering several webinars this month focused on improving and
expanding your professional relationships (Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators), setting up and managing a lab (How to Successfully Set Up and Manage a Lab) and
 grant writing (Everything You Need to Know About Grant Writing).

Plus, I'm so excited to announce some brand new programs for you! For graduate students, we're launching our first-ever Dissertation Success Program, and in September we're beginning a new series of guest expert webinars, "How to Be an Effective Public Intellectual." We're kicking off the public intellectual series on September 9 with Duke University professor Mark Anthony Neal.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and that this month's resources will help you to transition into the new academic year!


Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
President and CEO
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity


Click here to read our full August Newsletter!

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