UO Invests in Institutional Membership to the National Center on Faculty Development and Diversity as Ongoing Effort to Support Faculty and Graduate Students

UO graduate students now have access to a wide range of faculty-designed professional development workshops, webinars, mentoring initiatives and other resources through the UO’s new institutional membership in the National Center on Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD boasts more than 70,000 members nationally, and also has an outstanding record of working with faculty and graduate students from underrepresented groups.

“The NCFDD is the premiere network of faculty-designed advancement resources,” explained Daniel HoSang, incoming director of the Center on Diversity and Community, which is hosting the NCFDD membership. “Graduate students will find dozens of online workshops and short courses, on topics such as navigating the job market, negotiating an academic job contract, mentorship, and increasing research and writing productivity.” Other upcoming workshops include "How to Manage Stress and Rejection” and "Beginning a Career in Academia."

Graduate students can utilize NCFDD webinars to improve writing productivity, grant-writing, work-life balance, academic job searches and negotiations, along with preparation for qualifying exams. Here is an excerpt drawn from one of their webinars by a faculty in the social sciences titled “How to Write an Article in No Time” http://vimeo.com/110580463.

The Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC) helped bring the program to the UO as part of an ongoing effort to “enhance support for faculty and graduate student development, and to increase resources that promote equity and inclusion.”

UO faculty, graduate students, post-docs, administrators and research associates can activate their NCFDD accounts by sending an email with your name, department, and email address to codac@uoregon.edu or by visiting the UO NCFDD site.

Faculty from CoDaC are also available to conduct trainings and workshops for graduate students on a broad range of equity and inclusion issues, particularly as they relate to classroom climate, syllabus design, facilitation, and building teaching competency.

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