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National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity resources

Access NCFDD

All University of Missouri System faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and professional students can access NCFDD resources through the UM System's institutional membership.

Program description

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent faculty development center dedicated to helping faculty, particularly underrepresented faculty, make a successful transition from graduate student to professor. The NCFDD provides training, mentoring, and supportive communities for faculty, postdocs and graduate students at colleges and universities across America.

The UM System has an institutional membership to NCFDD, so any faculty member, post-doctoral fellow, graduate student or professional student at a UM System campus can access NCFDD resources at any time. Access NCFDD resources by clicking the button on the right and visiting the web portal. You will be required to create a log-in.

Faculty Success Program

The Faculty Success Program is an intensive 12-week virtual bootcamp offered through NCFDD. The program is for advanced post-docs, tenure-track faculty and tenured faculty who are looking for coaching and peer support. Learn more on the Faculty Success Program webpage.

Frequently asked questions

Who can benefit from NCFDD?

Any faculty member, post-doctoral fellow, graduate student or professional student can benefit from NCFDD resources. The foundational skills taught by NCFDD curriculum are critical to all areas of academic success and transcend discipline, rank, race and gender. However, NCFDD curriculum is specifically designed to directly address the unique challenges and obstacles that underrepresented scholars face.

How can NCFDD support my development?

The NCFDD’s core curriculum is designed to support the development of the 10 skills and strategies that lead to academic success. These include:

  • Developing a consistent daily writing habit;
  • Planning and prioritizing for success;
  • Resolving conflict in a healthy way;
  • Cultivating a broad network of mentors, sponsors and collaborators;
  • Managing time in ways that are aligned with evaluation criteria;
  • Getting organized to promote productivity;
  • Learning the art of saying “no;" and
  • Understanding the process for successful grant writing, journal, book publishing and etc.
What kind of resources does NCFDD provide?

All enrolled users are provided access to:

  • A weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert webinars
  • Multi-week skill-building courses
  • A private forum for peer-mentoring and problem-solving discussions
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Moderated monthly writing challenges

Users also receive access to all previous webinar and multi-week course recordings, and resources are provided with various accessibility options.

How can I access NCFDD resources?
  1. Visit the registration page for NCFDD resources.
  2. Click on the name of your campus.
  3. Select a username, and follow the rest of the prompts to complete registration.
  4. Use your institutional email address (i.e. @university.edu) to expedite the registration process.
  5. Once you've submitted your information, NCFDD will review the registration and approve the membership. 

If you have any trouble registering or if you have questions about the membership, please email membership@facultydiversity.org.

What is the cost for NCFDD?

All faculty members, postdocs and graduate students can take advantage of NCFDD resources free of charge. The UM System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion carries the cost of NCFDD institutional membership in its budget, so an unlimited number of eligible users at MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL can use these resources for their professional development.  

How does NCFDD membership benefit the University of Missouri System?

The UM System's institutional membership in NCFDD reaffirms a systemwide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Moreover, membership can serve as a tool to help the campuses retain and provide continued support to faculty members, postdocs and graduate students, particularly those from underrepresented populations.

Reviewed March 24, 2017.