“I would highly recommend the program to faculty at any stage in their career. I found the combination of practical advice on how to establish a daily writing habit one of the most useful components of the program. But I also really appreciated the emphasis on establishing work-life balance, building a realistic schedule, and some of the meta-career reflection that the program asks you to do. As someone invested in building equity for faculty of color in higher education, I found that the network of support that NCFDD offers to be an unparalleled resource and one that I will draw upon throughout my career.”-Tamara Bhalla, Associate Professor of American Studies
“The FSP codified a number of best practices for new faculty that I realized I was already using, such as weekly personal planning sessions and timing my daily writing. I combined these tactics with new approaches, including productivity analysis and mapping out a list of my mentors order to identify my mentoring needs. These methods allow me to develop data on my own performance and I believe they will help me to be a better and more balanced writer, academic, and person.”–Mercedes Burns, Assistant Professor of Biological Science
“Before joining the NCFDD Faculty Success Program (FSP), I was already an organized person and my research productivity was consistent with my department’s expectations. I was not sure about what I was going to gain from the program, but I was hoping to achieve a better balance between work and wellness. The program focuses on activities that lack in-built accountability, such as research and wellness. The small groups with coaches are friendly “safe spaces” to share, learn and encourage. I learned principles and practices that have helped me achieve professional goals without feeling overwhelmed by the middle of every semester.”
-Felipe Filomeno, Assistant Professor of Political Science
I believe this program helped me to stay on track and maintain the accountability to continue working toward my professional goals for the summer. For example I: a) completed my Research and Teaching Statement for my Dossier, b) completed analysis and have a draft of a paper for a Sociological Journal- Contexts, which will be submitted in the next couple of weeks, c) Chaired a completed Masters paper, d) graded an LLC student’s comps, e) presented at conferences, and f) collaborated on a grant that was submitted with senior faculty in the School of Public Policy and Psychology. I am extremely for grateful for the generous support that UMBC has provided in allowing me the chance to participate in the FSP.-Loren Henderson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy
Participating in the FSP program was a great experience. The weekly calls with my small group were very enlightening and I gained a lot hearing different perspectives on the weekly topic. My group had become quite close by the end of the semester; so much so that we have stayed in touch and continue to have monthly calls. In addition to the discussions, the weekly activities helped reinforce research and writing best practices by explaining the psychology behind typical avoidance behaviors as well as providing practical techniques and strategies for conquering them.
– Andrea Kleinsmith, Assistant Professor of Information Systems