Summer 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.

Paty Abril-Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Virginia Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

“The FSP is one of the most valuable gifts I have received in my career and indeed a form of selfcare. The ability to learn from scholars who are dedicated to unpacking the ‘hidden’ curricula of navigating tenure as a Black woman, along with the need to be productive in writing and research responsibilities changed the way I do my work. The skills and knowledge I gained about how to “be” an academic scholar and achieve the demands of academia without losing my soul is, yes, PRICELESS.”


Blair Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

“The FSP completely changed how I approach my daily life as a professor. Part of the appeal of being a professor is the notion that we get to constantly be creative, flexible, and pursue unique ideas and lofty goals. FSP taught me that having structure, schedules, and tangible goals broken down into realistic steps lets me keep my wild ideas - and actually see them through to completion. I love the support my team provides in our weekly calls.”


Samantha Santacruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

“The FSP has had an enormous impact on my productivity, strategic career planning, and overall academic development. FSP teaches strategies for dealing with the different time demands of planning and executing research and grant writing. It also has provided great tools for accountability towards bigger picture goals and how those goals align with how one is assessed for promotion in the tenure ladder.”