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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

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As part of Toronto Metropolitan University’s continued mission to providing diversity information and professional development, we are an Institutional Member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) (external link, opens in new window) .

The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community, including faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Over 450 universities and colleges participate in this platform.

The free resources available with membership include:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • A private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring & problem-solving
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Moderated writing challenges
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

How to activate your membership:

We hope you enjoy the benefits of the Institutional Membership!

If you have any questions about the membership or you wish to provide feedback, please contact Zenab Pathan, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development, If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at

  • Benefits of membership
    • Greater success with publications and securing external funding for research
    • Increased confidence as an independent researcher and scholar
    • Healthier personal and professional relationships with departmental colleagues
    • Increased interactions with campus-based and external mentors, sponsors, and collaborators
    • Increased job satisfaction and retention
  • While the NCFDD is a U.S.-based organization, we believe that it offers comprehensive services available for faculty development. Toronto Metropolitan University is not the only Canadian University that has invested in an Institutional Membership, and we feel that these resources developed by academics will benefit anyone in academia. A small sample of our faculty members have had the opportunity to use these resources and all of them provided positive feedback.
  • Our office will be monitoring how many memberships are activated, and we will be circulating a survey at the end of the academic year to ascertain whether members find these resources to be useful. Any feedback you may have is greatly appreciated.
  • Monday Motivator: (external link, opens in new window)  A weekly email message that provides an electronic does of positive energy, good Vibrations, and a weekly productivity tip.
  • Core Curriculum: (external link, opens in new window)   The NCFDD's Core Curriculum is designed to teach academics the 10 key skills necessary to thrive in the Academy.
  • Monthly Webinars: (external link, opens in new window)  Every month you can access a core curriculum webinar AND a guest-expert webinar. You can attend the webinars live or listen to the recording at your leisure.
  • Peer-Mentor Matches: You are able to request an accountability buddy to help support your implementation of whatever strategy was taught in the monthly core curriculum webinar, to provide you with a peer-mentor and to expand your network.
  • Multi-Week Courses: (external link, opens in new window)  A series of multi-week courses taught by national experts that cover topics like building a publishing pipeline, applying for external funding, navigating the job market, teaching effectively and efficiently, writing a winning book proposal, and becoming a Department Chair.
  • Discussion Forum: Discussion forums are a private place where members connect, share information, peer-mentor, problem-solve, and celebrate each other’s successes.
  • 14-Day Writing Challenges: (external link, opens in new window)  An opportunity to experiment with daily writing in a supportive, online community of academic writers.

"Providing faculty members with the opportunity to participate in programming at NCFDD is a worthwhile investment in human capital for any dean and particularly those who are looking for programming that has a deep understanding of the richness of human capital that we seek to support in the academy."

Imogen Coe, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Science


“This course taught me how to balance my various responsibilities while keeping research front and centre. I’ve only ever been this productive during my post-doc, when I had few service and teaching responsibilities. And because I am more efficient at work, I can relax and enjoy my time away from work.” 

Lesley Campbell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

NCFDD offers live webinars as well as an extensive library of trainings to fit your personal and professional development needs. Members can participate in the live webinars or watch the recordings at their convenience.

Click here to see the schedule of upcoming webinars & multi-week courses (external link, opens in new window)