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Faculty Success Program

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The Faculty Success Program is an intensive virtual bootcamp where academics work directly with a coach and small group of other faculty to implement the skills and strategies to maximize their success. Provided through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, the program is for advanced post-docs, tenure-track faculty and tenured faculty who are looking for coaching and peer support to propel their research productivity and work-life balance to new levels. The program includes:

  • Weekly training modules where you learn the skills and strategies that increase productivity and promote work-life balance.
  • 12 Small Group Support & Accountability Conference Calls that enable you to connect deeply with other academics and your faculty coach to receive individualized guidance, problem solving and support.
  • Access to an exclusive Faculty Success Program online community to track productivity, interact with other participating academics, ask questions, get feedback, share resources, exchange ideas, find support and more.
  • Access to private coaching with the program's Master Coaches.


The goals of the Faculty Success Program are to increase:

  • Success in publication and securing external funding for research
  • Confidence as independent scholars
  • Healthy relationships with departmental colleagues
  • Job satisfaction and commitment to the University of Missouri System
  • Individualized support for under-represented faculty


The UM System Offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs, Research & Economic Development will provide a limited number of scholarships to faculty to participate in the Faculty Success Program. Have questions? Contact Layla Padgett at

Program Registration

If selected for a scholarship to participate in the Faculty Success Program, the UM System Offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs, Research & Economic Development will work with you to coordinate your program registration. If you are not selected for a scholarship but would still like to register for the program on your own, please contact the Faculty Success Program. For full details visit the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the expectations of program participants?

Participanting academics are expected to:

  • Act as responsible, self-directed adult learners who are open to feedback
  • Regularly review the weekly trainings in the online community
  • Attend and actively participate in the Small Group Support & Accountability Calls
  • Complete the weekly homework assignments guided and supported by your Small Group Faculty Coach
  • Track daily progress on writing, research and personal goals in the program's private online community
What is the time commitment for the program?

The program lasts 12 weeks and requires weekly training modules, small group calls and personal daily tracking. It is estimated that participation will require about three hours per week and a commitment to write (work on research output) at least 30 minutes a day during the 12-week session.

What do the small groups look like within the program?

Participanting academics are placed in a small group with three other faculty of the same rank from different institutions. Each group is led by a Small Group Faculty Coach who is a professor at a different institution. The groups are meticulously sorted by the program's coaching team around the grouping preferences stated in your intake survey, including: underrepresented status, gender, parenting, etc. 

Reviewed 2020-09-17