In September 2018, the Office of Teaching & Learning, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, University Academic Programs, and the Office of the Provost partnered to obtain an Institutional Membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Our institutional membership, funded by a two-year pilot grant from DU IMPACT 2025, supports holistic faculty development and aligns with the Faculty Senate Policies and Procedures for Faculty Development Initiative.
The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.
By becoming an Institutional Member, all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at the University have access to the following member resources at no additional cost:
- Weekly Monday Motivator
- Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
- Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
- Access to Multi-Week Courses
- Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
- Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
- Monthly accountability buddy matches
- Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
- Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings
To take advantage of this opportunity, you can activate your confidential, personal membership by completing the following steps:
- Go to http://www.FacultyDiversity.org/Join
- Choose your institution from the drop-down menu
- Select “Activate my Membership”
- Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e. @du.edu). Please note you are required to enter a discipline and not all disciplines are included so just choose a discipline closest to yours. This does not impact what you get as part of your membership.
- Go to your institution email to find a confirmation email. Click “Activate Account” in the confirmation email.
We encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you through the NCFDD. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kate Willink, Faculty Director, Office of Teaching & Learning. If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD.
The founder of NCFDD, Kerry Anne Rockquemore, has been writing about faculty development for Inside Higher Ed for over a decade. Some of our favorite articles she has written include:
For Assistant Professors:
For Newly Tenured Faculty:
For Chairs & Mentors:
Also, SAVE THE DATE: the Office of Teaching & Learning will be hosting an on campus NCFDD facilitated workshop, Writing Your Next Chapter: How to Find Your Mojo at Mid-Career, on Friday, October 12 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
Mid-career faculty commonly describe a range of rank-specific challenges including:
- Managing time in the face of increased service and administrative responsibilities
- Working long hours but making little progress on their research agenda
- An absence of mentoring to help navigate the post tenure landscape
- Feeling unsupported in their desire for work family balance
- Missing the passion, drive, and clarity they once held for their intellectual projects
In the Writing Your Next Chapter workshop, we outline the most common issues mid-career faculty face and provide participants with strategies for identifying where they are stuck and how to move forward in their intellectual projects. The facilitator for the workshop will be Dr. Erin Furtak from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
All faculty are welcome to attend. Please register if you plan to participate.