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NCFDD February Newsletter: Supporting Pre-Tenure Faculty During Difficult Times

Thursday, February 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
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A Note from Kerry Ann


When we picked our theme for 2017 – living our mission -- we couldn’t have imagined the current political upheaval! Along with engaging in our own forms of resistance, we’ve been honored to support so many faculty members who are working through how their roles, responsibilities, time management strategies, and support networks are rapidly changing during these turbulent times.


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Given current events, I can’t help but ask: how can we support your growth? What information, resources, and/or community do you need to balance your productivity and your political activity? And what accountability structures do you have in place to keep growing as a writer, researcher, and evolving human being?


In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find a variety of resources to support you and your mentees. First and foremost, I’ve been doing a lot of coaching over the past four weeks so I wanted to share with all of our readers the insights and coaching strategies I’ve been using (see the feature article below entitled “How to Support Tenure-Track Faculty During Difficult Times”).


We’ve also got some great training opportunities for you in February and March. Professor Rosemarie Roberts will be sharing How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities. And last week, our guest expert Professor Naomi Greyser trained writers who are stuck at this moment how to Write Through Writer's Block (if you missed the live training, don't worry! You can access the video recording here). And it’s not too early to sign up for our March guest expert webinar with Kim Greenwell on How to Work with Academic Editors.

I’ve also been receiving rave reviews about our certified workshop facilitators who have been traveling across the country to provide live on-campus workshops. If you know faculty members who are struggling, why not consider attending or hosting an NCFDD workshop on your campus? These are both professional development opportunities and community-building events. We have one coming up at Rutgers University this month and we're sharing an interview with one of our campus workshop facilitators Rachel McLaren (University of Iowa) about the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful of academic collaborations.

The core of our support happens in our Faculty Success Program as illustrated by Professor Amanda Schmidt’s description of her experience (see the FSP Spotlight below). If what you need most right now is supportive accountability, custom coaching, and a productivity-focused community to get your writing back on track, maybe it's time to explore our faculty bootcamp (registration for summer session opens March 27).

No matter what your needs are at this moment, I hope our February Newsletter provides you with some useful opportunities to get engaged and be supported in new ways!



Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD
President and CEO
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity


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