Spring 2019 Faculty Success Program 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.

Erica Ciszek, Assistant Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations

“The FSP equipped me with tools for short- and long-term planning, balancing my professional and personal life, and focusing my energies in spaces that are most effective for my own long-term success. The FSP made me realize that I can be a productive scholar AND parent AND spouse.”


Yasmiyn Irizarry, Assistant Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

“The concepts, tools, and strategies I learned in the weekly seminars, assignments, and group meetings have not only improved my writing, prepping, strategic planning, and time management skills, but also helped me develop more positive self-care practices and stronger networks of support.”


Belem López, Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies

“I consider myself a planner and organized person, but the FSP provided me with additional tools such as the weekly training modules and homework that helped me identify areas of improvement in my writing and research, which I will continue to implement now that the program is over.”


Elma Lorenzo-Blanco, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

“The activities in the FSP helped me identify limiting beliefs that interfere with my productivity and work-life balance. The activities, coaches, and other FSP participants really helped with not only identifying those barriers, but also with making changes. The FSP created a structure of support and encouraged me to try out new approaches to become more productive and have a better work-life balance.”


Pavithra Vasudevan, Assistant Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

“I found the FSP incredibly helpful for transitioning to a faculty position in my first year. The FSP especially helped me think through my strategic plan and how best I can prioritize research and writing, given the many demands on our time. I appreciate your commitment to supporting young female faculty of color, and highly recommend the FSP to new faculty early in their careers.”