It’s time for a new year and a new term! I don’t know about you but I’m feeling rested and rejuvenated from the holiday break. I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico for several weeks for our annual family retreat and then get settled in Venice Beach, California where we’ll be spending the Spring Term. Taking a break from work to rest, relax, resettle (and have some fun) means that I’m ready and raring to go in 2015!
This year, the NCFDD team is on a mission to help faculty learn how to thrive in the Academy. Why? Because we work with so many brilliant faculty members who are physically and emotionally exhausted from working all the time and yet, still feel like they are failing. It seems that most faculty members imagine that being busy all the time, working 7 days a week, and experiencing chronic stress and sleep deprivation is an unchangeable part of academic life. We know that the exact opposite is true: sleeping 8 hours a night, taking weekends off, learning how to manage your work time, and having a life beyond your campus will make you more productive, effective, and happy. We know this because there’s plenty of empirical evidence to support it AND we’ve watched over 600 faculty in our Faculty Success Program undergo this exact transformation: greater productivity AND a life beyond work.
We want to encourage you to embrace the radical idea that living a full life will improve your productivity, so we’re kicking off 2015 with a monthly newsletter that's full of opportunities for you to start taking steps in that direction. First and foremost, we’re offering one of our most popular core curriculum webinars: Every Semester Needs A Plan. It’s an amazing way for you to start prioritizing your personal and long-term professional goals. In addition to this free workshop, we’re having a special 4-Day Membership Drive (January 27-30) for new NCFDD Individual Members. We only do this twice a year, so if you’ve been waiting to become an NCFDD member: mark your calendar!
We've also included some important information about our January on-campus workshops at Rutgers University and the University of Michigan Flint, our January guest expert webinar (Disability and Living/Working in the Academy) and our upcoming Multi-Week Course: Developing a Strategic Plan to Use Social Media to Enhance Scholarship. You're also invited to connect with our team, explore our Career Center, and meet another one of our Faculty Success Program alumni. And finally, our feature article is dedicated to managing the tension some faculty are feeling between academic life and activism in the current politically tumultuous times.
I hope you feel inspired by our January Newsletter to explore some new possibilities, make some new connections, and work towards redefining what success looks like for you in 2015!
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
President, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity