Fall 2019 Faculty Success Program (FSP) Sponsorships

In 2018, The University of Texas at Austin became an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized independent organization dedicated to supporting faculty, particularly under-represented faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in making successful transitions throughout their careers.

NCFDD’s signature program is the Faculty Success Program. This program is an intensive, 12-week virtual bootcamp where academics work directly with a coach and small peer group to implement the skills and strategies taught in the core curriculum. The Faculty Success Program is intended for tenure-track and tenured faculty members.

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost provides funding assistance for participation in the Faculty Success Program on a matching fund basis to tenure-track faculty members who contribute to inclusiveness, equity, and diversity in their department and/or college/school.

Raissa Fabregas, Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs

“It was very valuable to go through the semester-long FSP. Reconciling the demands of teaching and service while maintaining a productive research agenda and having a work-life balance requires a lot of planning and organization. The FSP was beneficial in providing structure and in building good productivity habits.”


Raissa Ferron, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering

“The FSP was a life-changing experience. The most impactful part of the experience was the tools that I learned regarding goal setting and time management. It’s something that EVERYONE can use. I’ve shared tools with colleagues, my graduate students, friends and even my 3rd grader! It was great to have a cohort that I could confide in, as well as share my triumphs. I would do it again!”


Marci Gleason, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

“I enjoyed the FSP and found it very useful. My top two take-aways from the FSP were: 1) I am capable of writing every day even if it is only for a few minutes and progress on projects can be made with just 30 minutes (or even less) a day; and 2) planning my time in a detailed manner each week made me much more productive and organized which in turn helped me make greater progress on my goals.”


Ciaran Trace, Associate Professor, School of Information

“The FSP guided me through a semester of career reflection and retooling. The support of a coach, weekly small group meetings, and reflective exercises helped me revisit and rebuild skills to increase my research productivity and to achieve a better work-life balance. This career coaching helped me better navigate the expectations that come with being an associate professor while also helping me plan and prepare for the next stage in my academic career.”