The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent faculty development center that offers live and recorded webinars, courses, mentoring, and workshops on a wide variety of topics for faculty at different stages of their careers. Topics range from cultivating your network of mentors and sponsors, engaging in healthy conflict, overcoming academic perfection, mastering academic time management, the art of saying "no," and many others. 

Access to Online Resources for Faculty, Postdocs and Graduate Students  

The UM System has an institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) which offers free access to the NCFDD’s online resources to all faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students at all four Universities, including UMSL. Eligible UMSL users can activate their memberships through the NCFDD website.

The NCFDD Faculty Success Program.

The Faculty Success Program is an intensive bootcamp where academics work directly with a coach and small group of other faculty to implement the skills and strategies to maximize their success. The program is for advanced post-docs, tenure-track faculty and tenured faculty who are looking for coaching and peer support to propel their research productivity and work-life balance to new levels.

The program includes:

  • Weekly training modules where you learn the skills and strategies that increase productivity and promote work-life balance.
  • Small Group Support & Accountability Conference Calls that enable you to connect deeply with other academics and your faculty coach to receive individualized guidance, problem solving and support.
  • Access to an exclusive Faculty Success Program online community to track productivity, interact with other participating academics, ask questions, get feedback, share resources, exchange ideas, find support and more.
  • Access to private coaching with the program's Master Coaches.

This year, UMSL Academic Affairs is sponsoring 3 scholarships for the Summer 2023 Faculty Success Program, which will take place May 14 - August 5, 2023, for tenure-track Assistant Professors or tenured Associate Professors.  To apply, please complete and submit the application form linked below by Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, March 10. 

2023 Faculty Success Program Scholarship Application

You can also access a recording of the February 25, 2022 NCFDD Informational Session for  more information by clicking on the button below:

NCFDD Informational Session

The goals of the Faculty Success Program are to increase:

  • Success in publication and securing external funding for research
  • Confidence as independent scholars
  • Healthy relationships with departmental colleagues
  • Job satisfaction and commitment to the University of Missouri System
  • Individualized support for under-represented faculty

This summer, UMSL Academic Affairs will provide up to three scholarships to tenure-track Assistant Professors or Associate Professors to cover the cost of attending the bootcamp. Have questions? For information about the application process, contact Alice Hall at For questions about the content and experience, contact FSP alumna Amber Reinhart at

If selected for a scholarship to participate in the Faculty Success Program, Academic Affairs will work with you to coordinate your program registration. If you are not selected for a scholarship but would still like to register for the program on your own, please contact Alice Hall at

Frequently Asked Questions

Participating academics are expected to:

  • Act as responsible, self-directed adult learners who are open to feedback
  • Regularly review the weekly trainings in the online community
  • Attend and actively participate in the Small Group Support & Accountability Calls
  • Complete the weekly homework assignments guided and supported by your Small Group Faculty Coach
  • Track daily progress on writing, research and personal goals in the program's private online community

The program lasts 12 weeks and requires weekly training modules, small group calls and personal daily tracking. It is estimated that participation will require about three hours per week and a commitment to write (work on research output) at least 30 minutes a day during the 12-week session.

Participating academics are placed in a small group with three other faculty of the same rank from different institutions. Each group is led by a Small Group Faculty Coach who is a professor at a different institution. The groups are meticulously sorted by the program's coaching team around the grouping preferences stated in your intake survey, including: underrepresented status, gender, parenting, etc.

The UM System has an institutional membership to NCFDD, meaning any faculty member, post-doctoral fellow, graduate or professional student at a UM System university can access the breadth of NCFDD resources at any time. Details on how to access these materials can be found on the UM System website.

Resources for Institutional Members

  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Guest Expert Webinars and Multi-Week Courses
  • Library of All Prior Trainings
  • Monday Motivator
  • 14-Day Writing Challenges
  • Dissertation Success Curriculum for Graduate Students
  • Buddy Matching (by request)