Faculty Development

The Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion offers a variety of professional development opportunities to support faculty success and satisfaction at UC San Diego. These include:

  • On-campus seminars
  • Institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
  • Sponsored participation in the NCFDD Faculty Success Program
  • Pathway to Thriving in Academia Program
  • Faculty Affinity Networks
  • Faculty Leadership in Diversity Grant
  • Summer Writing Retreat
  • Other funding opportunities

Read on to learn more about our programs and upcoming events. 

NCFDD Membership

UC San Diego is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD provides online access to mentoring, tools, and support needed to be successful in the Academy. It focuses on helping academics achieve extraordinary writing and research productivity while maintaining a full and healthy life off campus.

For more information or to activate your account click here. Select UC San Diego as your institution to register for free.

If you are a Department Chair and want to learn how to maximize the benefits of NCFDD membership to build a stronger and more productive department, check out these tips.

NCFDD Faculty Success Program

NCFDD’s Faculty Success Program is a 12-week virtual boot camp for faculty who want to learn how to increase their research productivity, get control of their time, and live a full and healthy life beyond campus.

The program is designed for tenure-track and tenured faculty. It combines NCFDD’s core curriculum, intense accountability, coaching, and peer support for personal and professional transformation.

For additional information and upcoming session dates, visit https://www.facultydiversity.org/fsp-bootcamp.  

The Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion provides financial support to faculty who wish to participate in the program through a competitive application process.

Faculty who do not want to compete for financial assistance and are willing to pay independently may contact vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu to be included in priority registration.


Pathway to Thriving in Academia Program

Learn how to become more strategic, efficient, and productive in order to thrive in academia (instead of just surviving!) with PTAP.

The Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs to bring junior faculty and postdocs a skill-based seminar series covering the key areas of faculty success.

Based in part on the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s core curriculum, this nine-session seminar series takes place over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year across three thematic areas:

  • Fall: The Strategic Academic
  • Winter: The People Savvy Academic
  • Spring: Mentoring and Personal Accountability

See flyer for session details and registration. Participants attending five or more sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Faculty Networks

Looking for community, networking opportunities, or mentoring? Join one of these three affinity networks for historically underrepresented faculty:

The Networks meet quarterly and for special events, including the annual Faculty of Color Reception in the fall and the Women’s Faculty Reception in the winter.

Faculty Leadership in Diversity Grant

We offer small grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to support faculty who want to enhance their leadership capacity in support of diversity and equity.

Grants may be used to cover the cost of participating in a workshop, conference, or other opportunity that will help faculty transform knowledge around diversity into strategic action. Allowable costs include professional coaching, conference or workshop fees, and any associated travel, accommodation, and meals.

All Academic Senate Faculty and Non-Senate Instructional Faculty from General Campus, Health Sciences, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography are eligible to apply.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and awarded based on eligibility and potential for impact, subject to the availability of funds.

What type of leadership development activities will be considered?

Applicants are encouraged to think broadly in identifying opportunities that will help them develop as diversity leaders. The following examples are merely illustrative.

Click here to apply. For additional information, contact vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu.


Summer Writing Retreat

FDI is hosting an off-campus writing retreat in July for faculty whose research focuses on understanding or addressing disparities in society. 

The Summer Writing Retreat will provide distraction-free solo writing time and include group discussions and activities. The retreat will run Sunday through Wednesday, with accommodations and most meals included.

All Assistant and Associate professors and level-equivalent teaching professors who meet the research criteria are eligible to apply. A maximum of 15 people may participate. 

If you would like to be notified when the application is available, please email vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu.

Other Funding Opportunities

Do you have an amazing idea that will help transform educational access? Are you organizing a cultural celebration on campus? EDI provides grants (up to $15,000) and co-sponsorships to faculty and staff who propose innovative programs and events that advance the goals of the EDI Office.

For additional information and to apply, click here.