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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  

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

Call for Applications: NCFDD's Faculty Success Program

January 20 - April 13, 2019
Deadline to Apply: October 21, 2018

We are currently accepting applications for sponsored participation in the Spring Faculty Success Program. 

Please submit your application to by October 21, 2018. All Academic Senate and Non-Senate Instructional faculty at UC San Diego with expectations for scholarly research, teaching, and service are eligible to apply.

Faculty who do not want to compete for financial assistance and are willing to pay independently may contact to be included in priority registration.

Faculty Networks

Looking for community, networking opportunities, or mentoring? Join one of these two 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 of Color Coffee Hours

We will be hosting a coffee hour every 2nd Thursday of the month during the fall quarter. 

Thursday, October 11
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Cross Cultural Center Library

Thursday, November 8
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Cross Cultural Center Library

Thursday, December 13
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Sixth College Room, Price Center East

 Coffee Writing Thursdays flyer

Faculty of Color Reception

Wednesday, October 17
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Audrey Geisel University House
RSVP by October 10


Women Faculty Social Hour

Thursday, October 25, 4:00 - 6:00 pm 
Faculty Club 

Connect with women faculty across campus during Happy Hour at the Faculty Club Lounge. Light refreshments served. Cash bar. 

Faculty Coffee and Lecture

Women Don't Ask and Women Say Yes: Takeaways on Negotiations and Service
Tuesday November 13, 9:30 - 11:00 am 
Women's Center, Student Center West

Stop by for a casual coffee and lecture at the Women’s Center.  Professor Pamela Cosman will share key takeaways from Dr. Linda Babcock’s book, Women Don't Ask, and other research on the gendered patterns of negotiations and service, and their implications for women in the academy. 

 Women Coffee lecture

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 registration 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.

What type of leadership development activities will be considered?

Leadership opportunities that will help you to:

  • Effectively support UC San Diego’s diversity goals;
  • Increase your understanding of diversity issues and strategies in higher education;
  • Understand how to effectively and innovatively reduce structural and educational barriers;
  • Increase your ability to create inclusive classrooms; and/or
  • Champion faculty diversity and equity in a thoughtful systems approach.

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

How to Apply

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

Applications must be submitted online and include the following components:

  • Description of Opportunity – Please describe the opportunity in which you seek to participate. Include website links, flyers, or other supporting documents.
  • Rationale – Please describe what you hope to gain from your participation, and how it will increase your knowledge, skills, or ability to contribute to diversity. Note: professional conferences associated with an appointee’s discipline or any activity solely benefiting his/her research will not be considered for award. 
  • Budget – Include how much you are seeking (not to exceed $3,000) and an explanation of how the funds will be used. Please include specific cost estimates.

Click here to apply.

For additional information, contact

Summer Writing Retreat

Professional success in academia depends largely on our writing and productivity, yet we can struggle to find the time to write and stay on course with our publication goals. 

The writing retreat intends to provide a time and space to write without distraction, and establish a community of UC San Diego faculty engaged in diversity research who want to support each other.

We are currently not accepting applications, please check back for updates. 

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.