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Guest Expert Webinars & Multi-Week Courses

NCFDD offers live webinars and an extensive library of trainings that you 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. Once you register for NCFDD, click the “Events” tab, find the offering you wish to participate in, and click register.

If you’re not able to view the webinar or multi-week course live, simply watch the recordings on-demand by clicking the “Library” tab once you’ve logged into your NCFDD account.

Guest Webinars

NCFDD offers a variety of webinars designed to meet the needs of faculty, postdocs, and advanced graduate students. These 60-90 minute professional development sessions focus on member-requested topics including wellness, the job market, rank-specific skill training, and the “big questions” of purpose and passion.

Multi-Week Courses

NCFDD’s Multi-Week Courses are intensive series where you’ll be guided by expert facilitators in tackling the Academy’s most pressing challenges. These are the skills you need to know to thrive in the Academy but are never taught.


Featured Multi-Week Course

Cultivating Compassion & Collectivism: A Multi-Week Course to Facilitate Healing from Racial Trauma

Begins February 10, 2021 (Subsequent dates: Feb. 17, Feb. 24)
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

Racial trauma has many academics oscillating between fight, flight, and freeze responses. We are fighting on committees and in our classrooms, debating how or if we should stay in harmful environments, and finding ourselves stuck as we hold our own and our community’s pain. In this two-part workshop series, Dr. Della will describe the connection between trauma, healing, compassion, and collectivism. She will also introduce and guide participants through practices that help cultivate compassion and collectivism as a means to help facilitate healing from racial trauma.

Additional Spring 2021 Opportunities

SKILL #2: How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities
Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

Grab your strategic plan and learn the secret to making it work day-to-day and week-to-week! How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities is a step-by-step guide to holding a weekly planning meeting (aka The Sunday Meeting). In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • What works…and what DOESN’T work when it comes to weekly planning
  • Why weekly planning is the bridge between your strategic plan and getting control of your workday
  • The 30-minute technique that will help you make sure that the most important things get done each day
  • And much more…

This is a HANDS-ON webinar where you’ll not only learn the technique but actually do it!


SKILL #3: How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice
Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

  • Are you sick of working all the time without making progress on your writing projects?
  • Are you tired of your deadline-driven, binge-and-bust writing routine?
  • Do you wish you could develop a healthy, consistent, daily writing routine that would allow you to meet your department’s expectations for tenure and promotion?

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The three biggest myths about writing that hobble new faculty productivity
  • The surprising difference between struggling new faculty members and those who are designated as “rising stars”
  • The 30-minute strategy that will increase your writing productivity AND decrease your stress, anxiety and guilt

Navigating Faculty Career Transitions: Getting to Mid-Career and Beyond
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

The focus of this session is on helping faculty develop a plan to navigate their faculty career, with a focus on the needs of mid-career faculty. The presentation will discuss some typical barriers that faculty face at mid-career and share recommendations for navigating career transitions. The session will be appropriate for newly tenured or more senior associate professors. Graduate students and newly hired faculty may also find this session of interest, as they look to what will happen once they earn tenure or have been in their positions for a while. Department chairs and deans may also find this useful as there are tips provided on how to support faculty at mid-career.


SKILL #4: Mastering Academic Time Management
Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

New faculty members commonly describe:

  • Working long hours but making little progress on their research and writing
  • A sense of loneliness that stems from limited mentoring and community
  • Feeling unsupported in their desire for work-family balance and without the skills to achieve it
  • Wondering whether the academic path is the right career choice

This webinar is specifically designed to address these issues and provide participants with concrete skills to successfully transition from graduate student to professor. Specifically, participants will learn:

  • The three biggest mistakes that new faculty make in managing their time
  • Why and how to align work time with institutional and personal priorities
  • How to create time for academic writing and research
  • How to organize a network of support and accountability for writing productivity and balance

Strategies for Centering Instructor Identity in STEM Education
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Registration (Make sure to Sign-In on the NCFDD website)

In this webinar, we will talk about how to productively center and leverage your social identities in your role as a STEM instructor. We will unpack problematic assumptions about how identity aligns with authority and how you can build trust and community with your learners. You will also leave with strategies to overcome common challenges you might encounter when promoting equity and inclusion in the STEM classroom and beyond.