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 Faculty Success Program is NCFDD’s twelve-week, online mentoring program designed to teach tenure-track and tenured faculty the skills they need to increase both their research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Participation in this program is open to all tenure-track faculty during one of three sessions (Fall, Spring, Summer). 

Fall 2021 Faculty Success Program Funding Support
In a continued program for Fall 2021, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost will partially sponsor the participation of up to five tenure-track or tenured faculty in the Faculty Success Program by contributing $2500 toward total registration costs of $4150. Priority will be given to early career faculty. Participants will be expected to cover the remaining program fees through other sources, e.g., matching funds from department or college, professional development funds, grant funds, startup funds, or other sources. Faculty sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost are expected to participate in and complete all components of the Faculty Success program.

To apply for this funding support, please fill out the short application form by June 22.

Questions may be directed to Katharine Hensley (  


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)

Brief webinars 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 Webinars

2021 Offerings:

Guest Webinar: Supporting Faculty During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Leslie Gonzales, PhD
Associate Professor
Michigan State University
Tuesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Core Curriculum: Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors & Collaborators
Erin Furtak, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty
University of Colorado at Boulder
Thursday, August 12, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Guest Webinar: Supporting Trans* Scholars
D-L Stewart, PhD
Colorado State University
Tuesday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Core Curriculum: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism
Rosemarie A. Roberts, PhD
Dayton Professor of Dance
Connecticut College
Thursday, September 9, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Guest Webinar: Teaching with Empathy and for Equity at the Graduate Level
Jessica Calarco, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology
Indiana University
Tuesday, September 21, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Guest Webinar: Faculty Success Program Preview Webinar: 5 Secrets to a Super-Productive Semester
Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD
Professor of Higher Education
North Carolina State University
Wednesday, October 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Core Curriculum: How to Engage in Healthy Conflict
Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD
Professor of Higher Education and University Faculty Scholar
North Carolina State University
Thursday, October 14, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Guest Webinar: Dismantling Disciplinary Whiteness: Centering Care in Editorial Stewardship
Mohan J. Dutta, PhD
Dean's Chair Professor of Communication
Massey University
Tuesday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Core Curriculum: How to Manage Stress, Rejection & the Haters in Your Midst
Mindi Thompson, PhD
Professor of Counseling Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, November 11, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Guest Webinar: Overcoming by Understanding Academic Writer's Block
Aurora Chang, PhD
Professor of Higher Education
Loyola University Chicago
Tuesday, November 30, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2020 Offerings:

Core Curriculum Webinar: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism         
Lisa Hanasono, PhD
Associate Professor
Bowling Green State University

Guest Expert Webinar: Bracing for and Embracing the Fall as a Blkademic   
Della Mosley, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Florida

Guest Expert Webinar: Building and Leading Successful Research Teams   
Brandy Simula, PhD
Professional Development Specialist
Georgia Institute of Technology

Core Curriculum Webinar: How to Engage in Healthy Conflict     
Rosemarie Roberts, PhD
Connecticut College

Guest Expert Webinar: Women's Brain Health at Midlife - What Does Menopause Have to Do With It?    
Pauline Maki, PhD
The University of Illinois at Chicago

Core Curriculum Webinar: How to Manage Stress, Rejection, & the Haters in Your Midst     
Carlita Favero, PhD
Associate Professor
Ursinus College

Guest Expert Webinar: Developing a Career as a Community Engaged Scholar      
KerryAnn O'Meara, PhD
President, Association for the Study of Higher Education





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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,