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National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Membership

Through Vanderbilt’s University’s institutional membership, all faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), which provides professional development, training, and mentoring. NCFDD resources are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and include a range of topics such as time management, overcoming academic perfectionism, how to develop a daily writing plan, how to write grant proposals, and more. These resources offer concrete guidance that could increase your productivity and your sense of well-being.

NCFDD member resources include:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Twelve monthly core training webinars
  • Twelve monthly guest expert webinars
  • Access to their Multi-Week Courses
  • Audio, slides and transcripts of all workshops so members can learn at their convenience
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring & problem solving
  • Monthly accountability buddy match
  • Moderated monthly writing challenges
  • Access to their Career Center where members can post and search job listings
  • Access to their Member Library, which includes past workshop materials, referrals and readings.
  • Targeted online writing retreats led by faculty facilitators

How to Activate Your VU Sponsored Membership:

  1. Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity website (
  2. Select the “Become a Member” tab and choose “Institutional Sub-Account”, then “Continue”
  3. On the “Select a Username” page,

    use your Vanderbilt issued e-mail address

    in the Username box
  4. Complete the registration process

You will receive a welcome e-mail within 24 business hours confirming that your account is now active and you can begin fully using your new NCFDD membership.

NCFDD is led by its founder, Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who was a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago before leaving to focus her energy on the programs of the NCFDD.

Recent News:

NCFDD on NPR: To Create A More Diverse Faculty, Start With Tenure. Listen to the story here.

For any questions, please contact Dawn Turton, Sr. Assistant Provost for Faculty and Strategic Affairs, or Kay Brooks, Senior Executive Secretary.