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Webinars, Workshops, and Watch Parties

The Office of the Provost hosts campus workshops in conjunction with NCFDD that are specifically for UTK Faculty.  See below for a list of upcoming workshops.

We also host UTK NCFDD Watch Parties of past workshops where members of the UTK campus come together to watch a recorded webinar and engage in local discussions of the content.

NCFDD offers live webinars and an extensive library of on-demand trainings that you can personalize to fit your personal and professional development needs throughout your academic career. You can find upcoming webinars and multi-week course opportunities on the NCFDD website calendar and a few are listed below, so find a UTK buddy and invite them to join you!



UTK Campus Online Workshops

*Registration for these workshops will close ONE WEEK prior to the event. 

Re-Thinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support, and Accountability

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm ET


This virtual workshop is designed to start a new type of discussion about mentoring by describing the common problems that pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty members experience and why traditional mentoring programs fail to meet those needs. We propose an alternative framework for mentoring that focuses on needs assessment and shifts the idea of mentoring from a relationship between two faculty members towards building a broad network of support, community and accountability. The virtual workshop concludes with a presentation of best practices in mentoring pre-tenure, under-represented and mid-career faculty.  This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Naomi Levy from Santa Clara University who is also part of the NCFDD team.

Post-Tenure Pathfinders: How and Why to Chart Your Own Path  After Winning Tenure

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm ET


This virtual workshop is designed for newly tenured associate professors to identify the challenges associated with post-tenure life and to better understand the diverse pathways that faculty members can take after winning tenure. In this virtual workshop, we create a space where newly tenured faculty members can pause and intentionally reflect on future possibilities.  This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha from Tufts University who is also part of the NCFDD team.

Solo Success: How to Thrive in the Academy When You’re the Only ______ in Your Department

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 3:00-5:00pm ET


The Solo Success virtual campus workshop is specifically designed to address the unique concerns of under-represented faculty members. Participants identify the common challenges under-represented faculty face on the tenure-track and discuss the three biggest mistakes under-represented faculty make. They will also learn specific strategies to increase their productivity, serving strategically, teaching efficiently, and building strong and healthy professional relationships.



UTK Watch Parties

Supporting Trans* Scholars

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 12:15-1:30pm ET


Join the Office of the Provost and members of the Commission for LGBT as we watch the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s Supporting Trans* Scholars webinar and engage in local discussion of the issues and strategies presented. In this webinar, Dr. D-L Stewart, professor of education at the University of Denver, will address the key questions and strategies needed to support trans* scholars, but also to reform and transform how we consider gender in the academy. Through discussion of institutional systems and processes, career advancement, microaggressions, and trans* resilience, attendees will gain greater insight into how they and their institutions can support trans* scholars.



Featured Upcoming NCFDD Webinars

Take the following online workshops live, in real-time with participants from across the United States.

Faculty Success Program Preview Webinar: 5 Secrets to a Super-Productive Semester

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm ET
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

  • Do you need to have a breakthrough in your writing and research productivity?
  • Do you promise yourself every term that you’re going to be highly productive, but end up falling short year after year?
  • Do you want to learn why our Faculty Success Program consistently improves over 90% of participant’s productivity every session?

If so, join us for one of our most popular webinars where you will learn:

  • How to avoid the biggest mistakes academic writers make during the academic term
  • How to maximize your research and writing productivity
  • How to combat professional isolation and create a supportive writing community

Overcoming by Understanding Academic Writer’s Block

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm ET
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

In this webinar, Dra. Aurora Chang, professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago, addresses the state of immobility and powerlessness when writing feels impossible – also known as writer’s block. She focuses on the stories we tell ourselves about who we are as academic writers and how that narration deeply impacts our perceived ability to write. She asks the broad question – how do we revise our self-narratives so that writing feels freeing rather than confining? She also asks the specific question – what are simple, practical ways to overcome academic writing blocks when they hit? The main takeaway? Understanding the roots of your writing block is at the crux of overcoming it.