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Just Released: Our January Newsletter!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Allison Van Buren
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For a Diverse Faculty, Start with Retention  

It’s time for a new year and a new term! Given that last Fall featured a large number of campus protests and that one of organizer's top requests was for a more diverse and representative faculty, we are devoting our Spring newsletters to exploring how campuses can work towards supporting under-represented faculty, graduate students, and post-docs. Each month, we'll feature resources that we offer to help towards that goal.

Campus Protesters (Photo courtesy of AP)

At NCFDD, we believe that any campus aspiring to diversify the faculty should start by asking hard questions about faculty retention. You can read the questions we recommend in ourfeature article, but the bottom line is that learning why faculty stay or go, as well as whether you are providing the resources faculty members need to be highly productive, healthy, and thriving on your campus is the best foundation for long-term change.

This month, we’re offering a wide range of resources to support academic writers. First and foremost, you can read about our Faculty Success Program, where professors receive individualized support to thrive in the Academy. Kris Tunac De Pedro, PhD (Chapman University) describes how the program transformed his productivity and work-life balance. You’ll also meet our Dissertation Success Program scholarship winners: Angelica Camacho (University of California, Riverside), Jennifer Cannon (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado (The Ohio State University).

In addition to our 12-week mentoring programs, we’re tackling a tough topic head-on this month. Our Guest Expert webinar is with Leah Hollis, PhD, author of Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education who will teach about bullying in the academic workplace. And by popular demand, we’re bringing back Badia Sahar Legardy, PhD, to teach her Multi-Week Course: How to Craft and Submit A Winning Book Proposal in Four Weeks.

And don’t miss our most popular Core Curriculum webinar: Every Semester Needs A Plan with Rachel McLaren, PhD (University of Iowa). It’s an amazing first step towards aligning your time with your long-term personal and professional goals. In addition to this FREE webinar, we’re having a special 4-Day Membership Drive (January 26-29) for new NCFDD Individual Members. If you’ve been waiting to become an NCFDD member, mark your calendar!

Finally, you can meet our newest Institutional Member (Princeton University), read about upcoming campus workshops at Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the University of California, San Diego, and meet one of our Campus Workshop Facilitators(Anthony Ocampo, PhD).

I hope you feel inspired by our January Newsletter to re-think retention, bullying, and what it means for under-represented faculty to thrive on your campus!


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

Click Here to view the NCFDD January Newsletter

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