Dear Kerry Ann - Can you take one more message from a newly tenured faculty member? I hope so! Thank you for the FSP - the way it's structured helped me focus on what really mattered on my road to tenure. I continue to stay connected with the FSP because it feels like home and because I always (re)learn something important (like setting SMART goals). I'm honored, exhilarated, and delighted with the tenure decision; I can say with 100% confidence that I wouldn't have made it without the FSP and NCFDD. THANK YOU!!!
Department of Educational Administration and Leadership
University of the Pacific
This is just a quick message to remind you that the Faculty Success Program early bird discount expires this Friday, May 1st! If you are planning to join us for our 12-week boot-camp during the summer session (May - August, 2015), why not register this week and receive $500 off your tuition?
We've received lots of questions about the Faculty Success Program so we thought we would also take this opportunity to answer the most common questions we've received. I wanted to make sure you had them before the early bird discount expires.
What is the Faculty Success Program?
The Faculty Success Program is a 12-week intensive mentoring program (or virtual bootcamp) for academics who want to increase their writing productivity, improve their work-life balance, and learn how to thrive in the Academy. For full details on what the program entails, how it works, along with tuition and registration information, click here.
Who can participate in the Faculty Success Program?
To participate in the program, you must be a tenure-track or tenured professor who is committed to increasing both your research productivity and work-life balance.
I’m a brand new faculty member, will this program be helpful to me if I’m just getting started?
Yes. The sooner that you master the productivity and time management skills taught in the program, the easier your transition from graduate student to professor will be. We cluster our small groups according to rank so you'll be connected with other people who are in similar places in their careers.
I’m a TENURED faculty member, will this program be helpful to me?
Yes. The program focuses on figuring out what you want and how to get it. No matter what it is that you want, we help you identify the steps, select role models and mentors who have done it, and support you in re-structuring your work life so you can finally move in that direction. We often have small groups that are exclusively tenured faculty members (in our last session we had groups of Associate Professors, Department Chairs, and Full Professors).
I barely have time to sleep! How could I possibly carve out more time to participate in a program?
It seems counter-intuitive, but spending time figuring out what’s holding you back, planning your week, and holding yourself accountable will increase your productivity AND give you more time to enjoy your life. Most participants start out working 60+ hours a week, but once they employ our strategies and techniques, their work week shrinks to 40 hours and they suddenly find themselves with more time to enjoy their life off-campus.
This sounds great, but I work in _________________ (insert your discipline) and our work is completely different than any other academic field so this program probably can't help people like me.
The Faculty Success Program is designed to address the foundational challenges that underlie academic work, such as:
- aligning your time with how you will be evaluated for Associate or Full Professor
- breaking the binge-and-bust cycle of writing
- balancing work and family
- learning when, why and how to say "no"
- setting and holding your own agenda
- developing healthy and supportive professional relationships on campus
- developing a research profile that enables choice and mobility
Because we focus on the deeper issues that are common across all disciplines, faculty from a wide variety of fields find the program transforms their professional and personal life. For example, past participants have been in a wide range of disciplines including: Biology, Medicine, Dance, Computer Science, Nursing, Public Health, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Philosophy, Education, English, Gerontology, Public Administration, Geo-Sciences, Anthropology, Information Systems, Political Science, Engineering, History, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Business, and various Language Departments.
My department/college/university moves slowly. I want the discount AND I want to be invoiced for the tuition. Is that possible?
Absolutely! To have an invoice generated on your behalf, you can email us at Bootcamp@FacultyDiversity.org and someone on our team will happily assist you.
I would love to participate in this program, it's EXACTLY what I need! But I don't have any money?! How do people pay for this?
Over 95% of participants in the Faculty Success Program are supported by their Department, College, University, Graduate School, Chief Diversity Officer, professional development and/or start-up funds. If you want to participate and don't have your own professional development funds available, try asking someone at your university. In fact, we've designed an entire training (we call it "Making the Ask") to walk you through a step-by-step process that has helped many faculty members raise the funds to participate in the program. We'll also be happy to supply you with templates and contact information for Faculty Success Program alumni on your campus who can help you.
If this program is so great, why isn't it free for everyone who wants to participate?
The reason that 83% of participants become more productive in the Faculty Success Program is because we provide the most intensive coaching and mentoring you've ever experienced over an entire academic term. It's NOT a weekend writing retreat where everyone comes together, binge-writes for a few days, and then goes home. We are committed to walking with you through the day-to-day struggle of managing your time, your conflicts, your professional challenges, and your writing because it's the daily decision-making that separates productive from struggling faculty members. To that end, the program includes:
- a dedicated team of master-coaches who provide individual coaching as needed
- a curriculum of highly specialized, empirically-tested strategies
- a small accountability group of four people facilitated by a professional coach (a faculty member who has been through the program and has trained in the NCFDD method of coaching academics)
- a software platform that is custom-designed to boost your productivity
- unrelenting accountability for meeting your daily, weekly and monthly writing goals
We're not just interested in you finishing a paper or two. We're interested in figuring out what's keeping you from working at your highest potential and moving through whatever obstacles exist. In other words, the reason we're successful is because we don't rely on over-worked and exhausted volunteers. We hire professionals and (just like you) they don't work for free.
Here's the bottom line…
- didn't accomplish your writing goals this term,
- are walking into the summer feeling disappointed, frustrated, exhausted, and panicked that time is flying by without manuscripts leaving your desk, and/or,
- can't afford to have another summer end without significant progress on your writing projects,
then consider joining us.
I wouldn't normally be this audacious, but I see one transformation after another in the Faculty Success Program: explosive productivity, breaking through psychological blocks, important projects resurrected from the dead, mentoring networks expanded, grants won, articles accepted for publication, book manuscripts completed, and weekends reclaimed for pleasure.
Ultimately, I'm inviting you to make significant change in your academic work-life. If you're ready to have a break-through, click here to join us. And if you're not, no problem (just please consider forwarding this email to someone who would benefit from intensive mentoring and support)!
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
President and CEO
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
P.S. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to email Bootcamp@FacultyDiversity.org