The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity


FSU is excited to offer a live presentation and workshop from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) that aims to enhance the mentoring experience and effectiveness for both mentor and mentee. The NCFDD half-day workshop is open to all faculty, but is particularly aimed towards those new to the profession or career. The NCFDD presentation is open to all established faculty who have served or hope to serve as a peer mentor to new colleagues. Joy Gaston Gayles, who has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development, promises to offer interesting and meaningful material. Please sign up below for the presentation, workshop, and lunch so that you can meet others interested in maximizing mentoring at FSU.


Open to established Associate and Full Professors, Level 2 or 3 Teaching Faculty and Research Faculty
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Turnbull Center 208
Topic: Re-Thinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support, and Accountability
Facilitator: Joy Gaston Gayles, Professor, North Carolina State University
Re-Thinking Mentoring:

Lunch Reservation


Open to Assistant and Associate Professors, Level 1 or 2 Teaching Faculty and Research Faculty
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Turnbull Center 208
Topic: Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive in the Academy
Facilitator: Joy Gaston Gayles, Professor, North Carolina State University
Mentoring 101:


What is the NCFDD?

The NCFDD is a national organization that offers membership to universities or to individuals at an annual rate. Luckily for Florida State University faculty, you now have access to this rich source of information and support through FSU’s new NCFDD institutional membership.

All you have to do is create your account and you will be on your way to improving your personal and professional success.  Click here to activate your membership!

What can the NCFDD do for you?

It will provide you with a “professional development, training, and mentoring community.” This sounds pretty vague though, so let’s discuss the actual services offered when you become an active NCFDD member.

Core Curriculum

The program is based on four main principles for success in academia and faculty life know as the Core Curriculum.

  1. Strategic Planning: This piece highlights the importance of planning your time so you can maintain progress toward your overall goals while consistently accomplishing the smaller tasks along the way.
  2.  Explosive Productivity: This skill helps you to push through procrastination to get the most work done and be your best self.
  3. Healthy Relationships: Here you can build your professional network and learn the importance and how-to of maintaining these relationships.
  4. Work-Life Balance: The ability to manage various aspects of your busy life is crucial to preserving your health and happiness. This core principle will allow you to manage your stressors and find the balance you need between personal and professional realms.

Guest Expert Webinars

These webinars are “60-90 minute professional development sessions that focus on member-requested topics including wellness, the job market, rank-specific skill training, and the “bigger questions” of purpose and passion.”

Monday Motivator Email

If you are looking for a smaller dose of inspiration, you will enjoy the NCFDD Monday Motivator, a weekly email providing smaller tips and information taken from the Core Curriculum. This email allows you to gain knowledge from NCFDD even if you cannot find time in the week to attend a webinar.

It’s Free to Use!

There are many benefits and resources not listed in this article including buddy matching, discussion forums, and a resource library. To read more about NCFDD and its benefits click here!

The biggest reason you should join today: it’s FREE to you! So what are you waiting for, get your productivity on!

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-Alison Amann

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