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NCFDD Faculty Success Program: Faculty Grant

Application Deadline: September 10, 2022



The University of Colorado Denver is pleased to offer four fully funded spots (at a value of $5050 each) in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s Faculty Success Program (NCFDD FSP).


This grant represents a partnership between the CFDA; the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the Office of the Provost; and the Denver Campus Deans. The CFDA thanks each of these partners for contributing funding. The shared funding allows us to fully support eight faculty members' participation each year.





The highly acclaimed FSP is an intensive, 12-week virtual boot camp offered through NCFDD. It combines empirically tested methods, coaching, peer discussions, and accountability tools to help academics thrive in their careers and achieve healthy work-life balance. FSP is an excellent opportunity for faculty members who are considering various multiple ways their careers can develop throughout the entire faculty lifecycle. The program is especially beneficial for any faculty going through a career transition, including new faculty, faculty going up for tenure and promotion and/or faculty who are learning to handle work-life balance. Faculty who participate in the FSP will be eligible for special, “alumni-only” NCFDD programs in subsequent years.


Some of the program’s aims include: to set achievable professional and personal goals and a realistic plan to meet them; to establish a consistent and sustainable daily writing routine; to develop a publication profile that exceeds the institution’s promotion criteria; to master best practices in academic time management; to collaborate effectively with colleagues and administrators; and to enjoy a full life beyond campus. 


Faculty Success Program expectations: Participants will be expected to become active members of the community of participants, take weekly training modules, make use of the time-tracking platform WriteNow, and participate in small-group weekly accountability calls. Each group will be joined by a NCFDD-certified productivity coach.


CU Denver FSP participants will also be asked to offer a short workshop for colleagues through their department, the CFDA, or another unit. They will be asked to highlight a skill or set of knowledge that they developed through the FSP.


You can find more information about the program and testimonials from participants here:


Eligibility: While NCFDD has structured the Faculty Success Program specifically for faculty in the tenure track, we believe the FSP program can benefit all CU Denver faculty who are institutional members of NCFDD. Thus, we have negotiated with NCFDD to welcome any faculty member with research as part of their contract to our cohort.


How to Apply for the University wide grants: Applications are currently closed. We anticipate reopening the application in August 2023. Recipients will attend the Spring 2024 session of the Faculty Success Program.


  • Demographic information
  • A current CV
  • A brief statement discussing their interest in the program
  • A brief letter of support from their chair, dean, or relevant associate dean


Selection of Grant Recipients

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Office of Faculty Affairs, and the CFDA will select the award recipients based on the following criteria:

  • Strong statement of interest identifying concrete, productive goals
  • Strong recommendation by their chair, dean, or associate dean
  • “Junior faculty” (faculty members in their first six years of employment, regardless of rank) will receive some prioritization.

In alignment with the CU Denver's equity serving goals, faculty members from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Questions? Please contact Dr. Antonio Farias (, Dr. Turan Kayaoglu (, or the Dr. Karen Sobel (