Faculty Development

Faculty at the Diversity Theatre Workshop

EDI offers a variety of professional development opportunities to help faculty succeed and thrive at UC San Diego. Read on to learn more about upcoming events, seminars, and programs organized or sponsored by EDI.

Faculty Networks

NCFDD Faculty Success Program

The Faculty Success Program is an intensive 12-week virtual boot camp offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity that combines empirically-tested methods, coaching, peer support, and online tools to help academics thrive in their careers and achieve work-life balance. 

This virtual boot camp is intended for faculty who want to do the following:

  • Set achievable professional and personal goals and a realistic plan to meet them
  • Establish a consistent and sustainable daily writing routine
  • Develop a publication profile that exceeds the institution's promotion criteria
  • Align your time with your institution's priorities and your personal values
  • Master best practices in academic time management
  • Identify your resistance and develop a set of strategies to move through it
  • Enjoy a life beyond campus

EDI Award for Sponsored Participation in the Faculty Success Program (Winter/Spring 2017)

EDI offers an award to cover the tuition fees associated with the Faculty Success Program. All Academic Senate and Non-Senate Instructional faculty who are primarily involved in scholarly research with similar promotion expectations for teaching and service are eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants whose service or teaching contributes to diversity, or who are involved in cultivating a climate of equity and inclusion on campus.

EDI is accepting applications now through November 1, 2016 for sponsored participation in the upcoming Faculty Success Program, starting on January 22, 2017 and ending on April 15, 2017. To apply for EDI sponsorship, please complete a short application and send it by email to vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu. Awarded faculty will automatically be registered in the program. 

Faculty who do not seek EDI support may enroll in the program and submit payment independently. To self-register, please visit http://www.facultydiversity.org/event/FSPSpring2017. We recommend that you activate your institutional membership and log into your NCFDD account prior to completing the registration in order to receive the Insitutional Member rate.

NCFDD Institutional Membership

One powerful resource that UC San Diego offers to support faculty productivity and wellbeing is membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). 

NCFDD is an independent resource for professional development and mentoring for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and other academics. Members have reported that working with NCFDD has helped them increase their productivity while managing the competing demands of scholarship, teaching, service, and personal life.

Benefits include:

  • Tips and techniques for developing a daily writing practice and mastering academic time management
  • Monthly webinars on topics ranging from how to craft a winning book proposal to addressing incivility in the classroom
  • Multi-week courses facilitated by experts for more intensive training
  • Discussion forum for members to connect, peer mentor, share information, or join a monthly writing challenge
  • Access to job openings and job-market preparation resources

To take full advantage of the campus’s institutional membership, activate your NCFDD account by visiting www.facultydiversity.org/ucsd. You will be prompted to provide your name and create a username and password. Once you complete this process, you can begin to use your new membership. For questions or concerns, please email vcedi-faculty@ucsd.edu or call 858-246-1923.

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

Seminars, Workshops, and Events


Junior Faculty of Color Coffee Hour

Please join AVC for Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Frances Contreras for a small coffee hour to engage in conversation about the experiences of Assistant Professors and research line faculty of color on campus. Coffee and pastries will be served. 

  • Friday, March 10, 2017
  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Cross Cultural Center Library
  • Please register here 

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Audience: Everyone who teaches at UC San Diego

Faculty from the CAMSEE community, in collaboration with the Teaching + Learning Commons, the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the UC San Diego Campus Community Centers, invite you to participate in a hands-on workshop on creating an inclusive classroom.

Workshop will occur over two half-days.

Day 1: Feature a panel with representatives from several centers and resource offices.

  • Thursday, January 5, 2016
  • 9:00 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences Building, 2303

Day 2: Focus on the creation of an inclusive syllabus and a review of teaching practices.

  • Friday, January 6, 2016
  • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences Building, 2303

Please Register here in advance.

For more information on CAMSEE please see here.

Women Faculty Reception

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Faculty Club 
  • Please register here by February 1, 2017 

Practical Tools for Enhancing Civility in Higher Education: An Administrator's Guide

Audience: Deans, Chairs, and other UC San Diego academic administrators

In this academic leadership workshop, C.K. Gunsalus, an expert in academic ethics and author of The College Administrator’s Survival Guide (Harvard Press, 2006), will lead a scenario-based workshop for administrators on the practical skills needed to enhance civility in your units, even in the most challenging situations. 

  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  • 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Club Pavillion
  • Please register here by February 9, 2017 

Faculty Seminar: Engaging Difficult People

Audience: All academic appointees

This seminar will focus on the philosophies and methods for resolving interpersonal conflict and achieving productive relationships in the workplace.

  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Faculty Club Pavillion
  • Please register here by February 9, 2017

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

This faculty seminar, provided by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, is specifically designed to address the unique concerns of underrepresented faculty members with Joy Gaston Gayles, PhD as the facilitator.

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
  • 8:30 - 12:00 p.m.
  • Faculty Club, Seuss Library

Opportunities to Contribute to Diversity

UC San Diego faculty are encouraged to engage in programs and activities that promote a diverse and inclusive campus community. The Diversity Opportunities Database, managed by Academic Affairs, allows faculty members and candidates to search for volunteer activities that contribute to diversity in the areas of research, mentoring, teaching and community outreach, both on and off campus.

Funding for diversity-related initiatives is available through EDI.