"I did not expect to learn so much and to be constantly challenged (positively) to improve myself and rethink the ways I used to do things."
"Coming from Europe and being new to the US academic system, I had the expectation to gain a few insights from peers at other institutions and pick up a few tips and tricks. I did not expect to learn so much and to be constantly challenged (positively) to improve myself and rethink the ways I used to do things. The support group (we still continue to have weekly calls) was immensely helpful, especially the lessens learned and different perspectives from the diverse set of group members. I recommended FSP directly to our newest hire and would do it again in a heartbeat."
Thorsten Wuest, PhD
Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
West Virginia University
Over the years, we've observed that the top reasons people make the decision to join the Faculty Success Program is that they had a friend or colleague participate in the program and were amazed by their increased productivity.
As you approach the end of the term and begin thinking about what type of changes you want to make this fall, I thought I'd send along a few words from our Faculty Success Program alumni for inspiration (see the success stories below). Wouldn't it be great to end your fall feeling this way about YOUR productivity and work-life balance?
"I find myself more productive because I am more fully present at work and at home."
"I found in the Faculty Success Program a community to help me develop my voice and sense of agency as an academic following a number of significant life transitions (the death of my co-author, the birth of my second child, and becoming a department chair). I am imperfect in how I continue to practice the lessons I learned in the FSP, but I now routinely feel choice where before I felt obligation. I strive to begin each day by asking myself: "If all that I am already is enough, then how would I like to spend my time today?" I find myself more productive because I am more fully present at work and at home."
Deanna L. Fassett, PhD
Professor and Chair Department of Communication Studies
San José State University