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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 and webinars
  • Institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
  • Sponsored participation in the NCFDD Faculty Success Program
  • Faculty Affinity Networks
  • Summer Writing Retreats and Boosters
  • Funding opportunities

Click here to join our mailing list and keep up to date on events and opportunities. Read on to learn more about our programs and upcoming events.

Faculty Webinars

Please know that the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion is here to support you as you continue to serve students, engage in research, and balance competing demands. As a result of our remote status at this time, we have postponed all in-person workshops and events until further notice. Webinars are being presented to share resources to support your professional goals as you continue to adjust to teaching online, in hybrid environments and working remotely.


Presumed Incompetent II: Empowering Women of Color to Succeed in the Academic Workplace
Presented by Professor Carmen G. Gonzalez
Friday, February 4, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Drawing upon the insights of Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia (Utah State University Press, 2020), this webinar will discuss the subtle and overt patterns of workplace subordination encountered by female faculty of color in order to identify concrete strategies that may be adopted by faculty and administrators to overcome entrenched institutional inequities. All members of campus, including faculty, researchers, administrators, staff, and students are welcome to join.

Click here to register


Past Events

Framing the Impact of Covid-19 on Your Promotion File
Friday, November 5, 2021
9 - 10 a.m.

Join AVC Frances Contreras and AVC Cindy Palmer for a conversation about how to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on your scholarly productivity and achievement.
View the recording | Download the Slides

Research Development at UCSD: Allies for Your Quest for Research Funding  
Friday, June 4, 2021 
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Join FDI for a conversation with the Research Development team at UC San Diego, a central research-development unit in the Office of Research Affairs. Learn about how RD helps faculty craft more persuasive, competitive proposals and available resources. 

Please note accessing these resources requires an SSO login with credentials. View resources on Creating Compelling Proposal Graphics | View Institutional Support and Commitment resources 

Modeling Emotional Boundaries for Students: Strategies for Healthy Academics 
Friday, April 23, 2021
1 - 2 p.m.

During the pandemic, there’s been an increase in students disclosing difficult information and wanting emotional support. Many faculty – and in particular women and faculty of color – have had to shoulder this emotional burden. Join FDI and Crystal Green, PhD, LMFT, for a discussion about how to respond to students with empathy, confidence, and care; strategies for healthy boundaries and self-care; and available resources.  

Download the handout | View the recording

Post-Tenure Pathfinders
Friday, April 16, 2021
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn why and how to chart your own path after winning tenure. Facilitated by Anthony Ocampo, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.

Racial Inequities in NIH Grant Funding
Friday, March 19, 2021
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Analysis of NIH grant success rates published in 2011 showed that grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health by African-American or Black Principal Investigators (PIs) were less likely to be funded than applications submitted by white PIs. A follow-up study in 2019 showed a similar pattern. Dr. Michael Taffe reviewed the findings and implications for biomedical research disciplines.
View the recording

Tenure & Time Management: Manage Your Time so You Can Publish and Have a Life Beyond Campus
Monday, March 22, 2021
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

This NCFDD workshop is specifically designed to provide participants with concrete skills to succeed as a junior professor. Facilitated by Anthony Ocampo, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.

Demystifying Tenure & Promotion: Strategies for a Meritorious File
Friday, February 26, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

AVC Frances Contreras shares tips on how to best prepare for the tenure and promotion process at UC San Diego, including how to avoid common pitfalls and write a compelling self-review. Facilitated by: Frances Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Professor, Education Studies
Download the SlidesView the recording

Truth Without Tears: African American Women Deans Share Lessons in Leadership
Thursday, November 5, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Moderated by: Vice Chancellor Dr. Becky R. Petitt

Truth Without Tears is an insightful portrait of black women leaders in American colleges and universities. Both former deans, the authors draw extensively on their personal experiences to account for the challenges and opportunities facing women of color in educational leadership positions.

The ART of Inclusive Communication 2.0
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Training provided by: The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC)

The ART of Inclusive Communication 2.0 is an interactive, dialogue focused workshop, where we take a deeper dive into how we can all be actively working to make our communication, our lives, and our organizations more inclusive and antiracist.

Demystifying Tenure & Promotion: Strategies for a Meritorious File
Monday, May 18, 2020
10:00 - 11 a.m.

Facilitated by: Frances Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Professor, Education Studies
Download the Slides

The Artful Conversation
Thursday, May 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Artful Conversation helps participants learn how to communicate their needs with people in a way that helps build the relationship, rather than hurts it. This will be an interactive online webinar and faculty will gain a deeper understanding of how others perceive and process conflict and how to adapt their style to work more effectively with those around them.

Facilitated by: The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) in partnership with the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Supporting Students Through this Transition
Thursday, April 30, 2020
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Facilitated by: Frances Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Professor, Education Studies
Download the Slides | Download the Handout

Being a Scholar and a Parent in a Remote Work Environment
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Facilitated by: 
Frances Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Professor, Education Studies 
Download the Slides | Download the Handout


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 16 - April 9, 2022
Deadline to Apply: October 6, 2021

Please submit applications by email to no later than October 6, 2021.  

Faculty who do not seek financial assistance and are willing to pay independently may contact to be enrolled in the program. The NCFDD deadline for priority registration is October 6, 2021.  All Academic Senate and Non-Senate Instructional faculty at UC San Diego with expectations for scholarly research, teaching, and service are eligible.

Faculty Affinity Groups

FDI 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.

Women in Health Sciences

The Women in Health Sciences (WIHS) Committee at UC San Diego is an organization dedicated to creating a fair and equitable environment for women as well as promoting networking and career development. 

Membership is open to all, including non-faculty and all gender identities.

Faculty Writing Boosters & Retreats

Faculty Writing Booster

March 23 & 24, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily 
Register online: by March 12.

Join AVC Frances Contreras and Writing Hub Director Matt Nelson for a Faculty Writing Booster to reenergize your research and writing projects, in community with other scholars. We'll provide a dedicated space for writing, reflection, coaching, and networking.

This event is only for faculty who have *never* participated in an FDI writing retreat or booster. Past participants are invited to attend the Writing Reunion.


FDI & Writing Hub Faculty Writing Reunion

March 25, 2021
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Register online: by March 12.

If you've attended an FDI writing retreat or booster in the past and want to write with intention and community, join us for a reunion with AVC Frances Conrereas and Writing Hub Director Matt Nelson.


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.