UO Joins National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Daniel HoSang
Daniel HoSang

Faculty and graduate students now have access to a wide range of professional development workshops, resources and programs through the UO’s new institutional membership in the National Center on Faculty Development and Diversity.

“The NCFDD has a membership of more than 70,000 academics across the country and offers a broad array of faculty-designed professional development resources,” said Daniel HoSang, incoming director of the Center on Diversity and Community, which is hosting the NCFDD membership. “Faculty will find dozens of online workshops and short courses, on topics such as how to promote your book and working through writers block.”

The center also offers the Faculty Success Program, an intensive 15-week “boot camp” that focuses on research productivity and time management and living a full and healthy life beyond campus. Graduate and postdoctoral students will find resources on topics such as navigating the academic job market, mentorship and increasing research and writing productivity.

Yvette Alex-Assensoh, vice president for equity and inclusion, said a range of faculty and administrators reviewed the center’s content and offered their endorsement.

“The NCFDD is part of an ongoing effort, in collaboration with academic affairs and the colleges and schools, to enhance support for faculty development and to increase resources that promote equity and inclusion,” she said.

Alex-Assensoh added that the membership will complement other new faculty development programs, including the new CoDaC Faculty Writing Center and Faculty Fellowship program.

Through the institutional membership, all UO faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral students, administrators and research associates can activate their NCFDD accounts for free by sending an email with their name, department and email address to codac@uoregon.edu or visiting the UO NCFDD site. The institutional membership saves faculty the $400 cost of an individual membership.