NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization dedicated to supporting over 285,000 faculty, graduate students, and postdocs on their path to successful academic careers. They provide an array of resources including professional development programs, training, and mentoring support.

As an Institutional Member of NCFDD, we encourage faculty members and academic professionals from all levels to sign up for a complimentary sub-account membership. This gives you exclusive access to their expansive online resources, including an array of webinars, resources, and programs.

I just want to give a huge shout-out to NCFDD and thank the University for making this wonderful resource available. I have found both their webinars and periodic Writing Challenges extremely useful — and they actually helped me write and publish several articles last year. Woohoo!
Anne (Ana) Coghlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Activate Your Account

Activating your NCFDD account is an easy, straightforward process. Simply click on the “Activate My Membership” button, enter your institutional email, and follow the instructions.

NCFDD Membership Offerings

NCFDD content covers a broad spectrum of topics integral to academic life, such as techniques to enhance writing productivity, effective strategies for time management and prioritization, developing mentor relationships, strategies for securing external funding and finding a healthy work-life balance. Access to NCFDD’s member platform offers a multitude of benefits including:

NCFDD Programs

Faculty Success Program

Is an intensive online program that supports non-tenure track, tenure-track, and tenured faculty in developing the skills necessary to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

NCFDD was founded by Michigan State University alumna, Kerry-Ann Rockquemore. The Faculty Success Program is NCFDD’s most robust and practical support for faculty. The program components include small-group calls with a coach, weekly training modules, and an online community of peers. If you wish to read more about this program, please see https://www.ncfdd.org/fsp-bootcamp.

For this year’s summer program, the provost has agreed to support the program costs (~$4,750 per participant) for 10 selected tenure-system faculty, with an additional 3 spots for non-tenure track faculty members who meet the requirements.  This year’s summer program runs from May 20th – July 28, 2024.

The call for nominations will be sent to deans and department chairs/school directors in the coming weeks. Please reach out to your administrator to discuss your interest in the program.

Nominations are due Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. SUBMIT HERE

Application materials required for nomination are as follows:

  1. A one-page letter of support from the applicant’s direct supervisor (department chair, school director, or dean)
    • For faculty not on the tenure track, please verify they have a research and publication requirement and have served in their role for at least four years.
    • For tenure-system faculty, please verify they have served in their role for at least one year.
  2. A one-page letter from the applicant indicating why this program would be beneficial to them, including specific ways it will make a difference in their work
  3. Applicant CV (please limit to 6 pages)

Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program

Is designed to guide FSP Alumni on charting their unique path after attaining tenure. The program focuses on mid-career transition and how to maintain momentum and significance in academia post-tenure. This program has an additional cost. Learn more about the program.

1-on-1 Coaching

Offers individualized guidance, problem-solving, and support to FSP Alumni. It’s a personalized approach to mentoring where faculty members receive additional dedicated attention from our trained and experienced FSP coaches. This offering has an additional cost. Learn more about this offering.

Teaching Toolkit Program

This program provides faculty with an array of practical tools designed to enhance teaching effectiveness and student engagement. The program is rooted in research-based principles of pedagogy and offers strategies that can be immediately implemented. Through this platform, faculty members have access to a wealth of resources that address various aspects of teaching, such as designing an inclusive syllabus, creating engaging lectures, shaping effective assessments, and managing classroom dynamics. This program has an additional cost. Learn more about this program.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding NCFDD, programs, or sponsorship please reach out to Cindi Leverich at youngcin@msu.edu.