A Note from Kerry Ann...
It’s time for a new year and a new term! Given that last Fall featured a large number of campus protests and that a top request from students was for a more diverse and representative faculty, we are devoting our Spring newsletters to exploring how you can work towards supporting under-represented faculty, graduate students, and post-docs on your campus. Each month, we'll feature resources we offer to help you towards that goal.
UCLA students protesting in a show of solidarity
with protesters at the University of Missouri.
Photo courtesy of AP.
At NCFDD, we believe that if you want to diversify your faculty, the best thing you can do is start by asking hard questions about retention. You can read more about this idea in our feature article, but learning why people stay or go and whether you are providing the resources for faculty to be highly productive, healthy, and thriving on your campus is critical.
This month, we’re offering a wide range of resources to support graduate students, post-docs, and faculty on your campus. 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).
We’re tackling tough questions head-on this month with our Guest Expert webinar where Leah Hollis, PhD, author of Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education will teach about workplace bullying. 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. 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 rethink retention and gain new skills to help you thrive in the Academy!
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
President and CEO
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity