The University of Notre Dame has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), starting Oct. 1.
The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training and mentoring institute that offers support, resources and forums to its members. The center focuses on effective external mentoring for faculty and post-doctoral fellows with the goals of increasing productivity, maintaining work-life balance and improving retention by creating communities of support and accountability.
“The benefits of NCFDD membership are that faculty members gain access to an effective external mentoring community that is designed to increase research productivity, improve work life balance and connect faculty across different campuses,” said Kerry Ann Rockquemore, president and CEO of NCFDD and a 1999 Notre Dame graduate.
Through Notre Dame’s membership, all interested faculty can take advantage of the services offered through NCFDD by visiting www.FacultyDiversity.org and registering. While most of the programs are virtual, Rockquemore will be conducting a live workshop on campus Nov. 8.
“As Notre Dame moves forward on its aspirations to be a preeminent global university, the quality and diversity of our faculty will be one of our most important assets,” said Daniel J. Myers, vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs. “We are very pleased to be joining the NCFDD and to be working with them to provide mentoring, networking and career development support for our faculty members. The NCFDD will be a tremendous direct asset and will link our faculty into a quickly growing national community of scholars who provide mutual support and move us all toward excellence in higher education.”
Since its start in 2010, the NCFDD now serves 10,600 faculty at more than 350 colleges and universities throughout the country, including the University of California, Berkeley, the Ohio State University, the University of Iowa, and DePaul University.