National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)


Supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, Iowa State is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. The resources are free-of-charge and useful for all employees (faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows) and graduate students.


The NCFDD Institutional Membership offers numerous benefits at no charge to Iowa State faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

  • NCFDD Core Curriculum
  • Weekly Monday Motivator e-mail messages providing productivity tips and reminders
  • Monthly productivity webinars and multi-week courses facilitated by national faculty development experts
  • NCFDD Career Center Resources and Workshops
  • Audio recordings, slides, and transcripts of all webinars to access at your convenience
  • Moderated monthly writing challenges
  • NCFDD Discussion Forum and peer network
  • Monthly accountability buddy match

20-Minute Magna Mentor Commons

Spring 2021 schedule (PDF, 188KB)

283 brief webinars are available through April 2021 on the following topics:

  • Teaching (e.g., course design, strategies, online classroom community, assessment, classroom climate, grading and feedback, active learning, classroom management, teaching with technology online)
  • Student mentoring and engagement (e.g., specific student populations, student success, active and engaged students, online/student engagement)
  • Faculty development (e.g., inclusion, personal development, managing your career, compliance)
  • Department and Program Evaluation/Review

This institutional may be renewed in Spring 2021.

NCFDD Fall 2020 Webinar Calendar


Core Curriculum Webinar: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism         Lisa Hanasono
Thursday, September 10, 2020
2:00-3:30pm ET

Lisa Hanasono, PhD
Associate Professor
Bowling Green State University

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Guest Expert Webinar: Bracing for and Embracing the Fall as a Blkademic    Della Mosley
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
2:00-3:00pm ET

Della Mosley, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Florida

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Guest Expert Webinar: Building and Leading Successful Research Teams   Brandy Simula
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
2:00-3:00pm ET

Brandy Simula, PhD
Professional Development Specialist
Georgia Institute of Technology

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Core Curriculum Webinar: How to Engage in Healthy Conflict     Rosemarie Roberts
Thursday, October 8, 2020
2:00-3:30pm ET

Rosemarie Roberts, PhD
Connecticut College

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Guest Expert Webinar: Women's Brain Health at Midlife - What Does Menopause Have to Do With It?    Pauline Maki
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
2:00-3:00pm ET

Pauline Maki, PhD
The University of Illinois at Chicago

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Core Curriculum Webinar: How to Manage Stress, Rejection, & the Haters in Your Midst     Carlita Favero
Thursday, November 12, 2020
2:00-3:30pm ET

Carlita Favero, PhD
Associate Professor
Ursinus College

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Guest Expert Webinar: Developing a Career as a Community Engaged Scholar      KerryAnn O'Meara
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
2:00-3:00pm ET

KerryAnn O'Meara, PhD
President, Association for the Study of Higher Education

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Patience Lueth

NCFDD Institutional Membership Handout (PDF, 376KB) (includes steps to activate your membership)

For technical questions/concerns,
contact the
NCFDD Support Team at or

For information about Iowa State's
Institutional membership,
please contact
Katharine Hensley,
Faculty Success Coordinator,