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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The University of Minnesota is proud to be an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) since 2016. NCFDD is a nationally recognized center dedicated to helping faculty, post-docs, and graduate students make successful transitions throughout their academic careers. NCFDD provides professional development and mentoring through a host of resources that are applicable across all fields of inquiry.

Topics addressed by NCFDD are wide ranging, including strategies for increasing research productivity, developing a daily writing plan, managing time more effectively, and many others that fit the life course of academic professionals.  The benefits of membership include greater success with getting published, securing grants, increased confidence as a scholar, and healthier relationships with colleagues.

Our institutional membership means that all faculty, post-docs, and graduate students from any of our system campuses have access to NCFDD resources at no cost. Membership includes access to:

  1. The Monday Motivator (weekly email including productivity tips)
  2. Monthly core curriculum, guest expert webinars, and multi-week courses
  3. The Career Center resources
  4. Audio and video recordings, slides and transcripts from all webinars
  5. Moderated monthly writing challenges and monthly mentor matches
  6. Discounted Faculty Success Program registration
  7. Online accountability and tracking software to alumni of the Faculty Success Program
  8. Private discussion forum for peer-mentoring and problem solving

Apply for the Faculty Success Program

How to Activate your UMN Institutional Membership

  1. Visit www.FacultyDiversity.org/join
  2. Click on your campus name in the dropdown (or start typing and the university/campus name will appear)
  3. Complete the registration process
  4. Activate your account by clicking the confirmation in the email you receive

For more information about UMN's Institutional Membership with NCFDD contact Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Rebecca Ropers-Huilman at ropers@umn.edu. If you encounter any technical issues, please contact membership@facultydiversity.org.

Faculty Success Program Testimonial

Katy Kozhimannil Associate Professor, School of Public Health


I absolutely loved the Faculty Success program, and I would highly recommend it to those who are struggling to find their way toward balance in academia. The tools and skills I developed as part of this program have been invaluable. At the time I was doing it, I wasn't always sure about the utility of each activity/assignment, and it seemed like a big time investment. Over time, I've seen that investment truly pay off.

The Faculty Success Program and the resources at NCFDD have supported my personal and professional development and enhanced my faculty career. During my tenure decision process, I sent a note to Kerry Ann Rockquemore, founder of NCFDD, about how the program has influenced me:

Dear Kerry Ann
It's been 3 years since I participated in the Faculty Success Program, and this fall, my department chair decided to put me up for tenure early! It's something I'd never have expected if you'd have asked me in my first year of the tenure track. In fact, after my first annual review, at the end of my first year, I was seriously debating whether to quit my job. I decided at that point to give it my best for a year, to do the Faculty Success Program, and to do work I thought was important (regardless of what others said). At the end of that year, my research was covered in an article in the New York Times, and I had a firm foothold in my tiny corner of the academic universe.

Fast forward to now, when I've just recently received word that my tenure vote was very supportive and that the final official step is getting the blessing of the board of regents at their spring meeting in May. Wow. I want to say thank you.....I so appreciate what you do and what your work and your community have contributed toward my development as a scholar.

Katy Kozhimannil
Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Office Address
110 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

For general inquiries, call 612-626-9545 or email vpfaa@umn.edu