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What do YOU need to start thriving?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Allison Van Buren
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A Note from Kerry Ann...


Typically, this is the point in the term where I'm jumping from campus to campus each week, but this year is different because we now have a cohort of Certified Workshop Facilitators delivering our campus workshops. I am so glad we made this change! We've been able to offer NCFDD workshops on more campuses (sometimes at several different universities on the same day), and we can now match our host's need to our facilitator's strengths. Most importantly, it's enabled us to increase our ability to work with many more faculty members face-to-face. Between our core team (pictured below), Certified Workshop Facilitators, and our coaching staff, we've greatly expanded our ability to fulfill our mission: teaching faculty, post-docs, and graduate students the tools to thrive in the Academy.

Members of the NCFDD Core Team

I can’t help but ask: 
Are you thriving? Do you currently have the support you need to have both explosive productivity AND a full life beyond your campus? When you think about your current mentoring network, are you getting all of your needs met? And if not, what would it take for you to take a step forward this month and experiment with a new skill, strategy, or support mechanism?

If you feel like you’re closer to surviving than thriving, that’s okay. We’ve created several opportunities this month for you to develop new skills, make new connections, and envision new ways to boost your productivity and lower your stress.

First and foremost, Professor Joy Gaston Gayles (NC State University) will deliver this month’s core curriculum webinar, How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice, which will get straight to the heart of increasing your writing. We're also offering the next installment of our popular Incivility on Campus series with Professor Adeline Koh (Stockton University) who will teach a guest expert webinar on (In)Civility in Academic Spaces.

If what you need is more community, support, and accountability, consider joining us for the summer session of our Faculty Success Program (registration opens March 28th). Below, you can read about how the program helped Dr. Angela Carpenter (Wellesley College) win tenure! And for those of you who feel uncertain about how to mentor underrepresented faculty in your department (or if you're underrepresented and want to up-level your mentoring relationship with a senior faculty member), be sure to read our feature article: Can I Mentor African-American Faculty?

I hope the idea of thriving in the Academy is an exciting one! And I hope that our March Newsletter contains exactly what you need to take a new step forward in that direction!


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

Click here to read our full March Newsletter

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