National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)



To activate your account, visit:

  1. Select "The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston" from the drop-down menu
  2. Click Activate Account
  3. Register using your UTMB email address and enjoy!

Please contact Mario Soto Uribe for all NCFDD membership questions.

Did you know UTMB’s institutional membership at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) supports all UTMB faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to their own FREE membership?

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent, nationally recognized organization that provides online professional career development, training, and mentoring resources for over 90,000 faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at prestigious academic institutions across the USA. They are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.

NCFDD resources are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and include a wide range of topics including time management, securing research grants, establishing and maintaining a work-life balance, overcoming academic perfectionism, developing a daily writing plan to increase writing productivity, and more. These resources offer empirically tested, concrete strategies that help increase productivity, achieve academic career success and inner well-being.

The NCFDD offers a broad range of online virtual workshops, professional development trainings and intensive mentorship programs. Their programs and services help create broad networks of collegial support and develop a committed stance towards your institutional home. Some online workshops include dissertation workshops, mentor matches, research grant-writing techniques, and post-tenure pathfinders webinars just to name a few.

NCFDD Member Resources Include

UTMB’s Institutional Membership provides faculty, graduate students, administrators, and postdoctoral scholars access to:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator Newsletter (productivity tips)
  • Productivity & Guest Expert Workshops
  • Monthly Webinar Series (see upcoming topics below)
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses (led by expert facilitators)
  • Moderated monthly writing challenges
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
  • Full library of previous webinar and multi-week course recordings
  • Monthly Accountability Mentor Matches (accountability, coaching, and peer support)
  • Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges

NCFDD Membership Benefits to UTMB

UTMB’s institutional membership in NCFDD reaffirms a systemwide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Moreover, membership can serve as a tool to help campuses retain and provide continued support to faculty members, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students with a special emphasis on underrepresented populations.

Who Can Benefit from NCFDD?

Any faculty member, postdoctoral fellow, academic administrator, and graduate student can benefit from NCFDD resources. The skills and techniques taught by the NCFDD curriculum are reflective of the diversity of our faculty and student body and are also critical to all areas of academic success that transcend discipline, rank, race, and gender. This network will help foster an inclusive environment that invests in the success of our academics. This membership will be an important resource providing targeted tips and techniques, writing and research accountability, and online access to a national mentoring community of thousands, supporting professional development at all stages of academic careers.

Benefits to UTMB Members:

  • Resources for greater success in publication and securing external funding for your research
  • Strategies that instill confidence as an independent researcher
  • Tips for fostering better working relationships with colleagues
  • Increased interactions with both campus-based and external mentors, sponsors, and collaborators
  • Increased job satisfaction to truly enjoy the academic life you’ve worked so hard to create
  • Developing a consistent daily writing habit
  • Planning and prioritizing for success
  • Resolving conflict in a healthy way
  • Cultivating a broad network of mentors, sponsors and collaborators
  • Managing time in ways that are aligned with evaluation criteria
  • Getting organized to promote productivity
  • Learning the art of saying “no"
  • Understanding the process for successful grant writing, journal, and book publishing

Core Curriculum Webinars

Our Core Curriculum webinars teach 10 Key Skills for thriving academic positions.

MonthCore Curriculum
JanEvery Semester Needs a Plan
FebAlign Your Time with Your Priorities
MarchDevelop a Daily Writing Practice
AprilMastering Academic Time Management
MayEvery Summer Needs a Plan
JuneMoving from Resistance to Writing
JulyThe Art of Saying 'No'
AugustCultivating Your Network of mentors, Sponsors and Collaborators
SeptOvercoming Academic Perfectionism
OctHow to Engage in Healthy Conflict
NovStrategies for Dealing with Stress and Rejection

*A valid UTMB email address is required for access. Any technical questions should be directed to NCFDD via email at