Through a collaboration between the Office of the Provost, Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Center for Teaching, Research & Learning, American University has joined NCFDD. Our institutional membership provides faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars with professional development, training, and mentorship opportunities. NCFDD offers a wide range of virtual programs to help you enhance your productivity, increase your sense of well-being, and connect to a larger academic community.

Resources available through AU’s NCFDD membership transcend discipline, rank, race, and gender, but they are specifically designed to address the challenges that underrepresented scholars may face during their careers.

Online tools that you can access include:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Hidden Handbook Series
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, and moderated writing challenges
  • 14-Day Writing Challenge: a 2-week free offering to foster consistent, productive writing habits and access to our WriteNow platform. Participants commit to daily writing, track progress, and engage with a supportive community
  • Unlimited access to the Member Library that includes webinar materials

Claim your free account by following these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down to “Select Your Institution,” and choose “American University”
  3. Select “Activate my Membership”
  4. Complete the registration form using your AU email address
  5. Check your email to find a welcome message and click to “Activate Account”

Once registered, you can take full advantage of our institutional membership.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sara Biggs, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communication, at

Faculty Success Program

The Office of the Provost is accepting applications for NCFDD’s Faculty Success Program Fall 2024 session (September 30 – December 8). This 12-week intensive “boot camp” experience combines coaching, peer support, and accountability tools, and it has received very positive reviews from past participants at AU and other institutions. Learn more about what is included on the NCFDD website.


The Faculty Success Program is open to tenure-line faculty as well as selected faculty not on the tenure line. All participants must have completed their terminal degree (most commonly their PhD). Faculty not on the tenure line must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently hold a long-term contract or permanent position
  • Have an active research agenda


The tuition will be covered by the Office of the Provost for selected participants.

Application Process

Interested faculty should submit a proposal of no more than one page that includes: name, contact information, school/college and department (if applicable), and a brief statement on why this professional development opportunity would benefit you. Please send your proposal and a copy of your C.V. to Sara Biggs at by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, May 21. for consideration. Candidates will be notified of their selection in late May or will be encouraged to apply for a future session.


Following the Fall 2024 session, selected faculty will be asked to write a reflection on their experience that will inform future decisions on participation.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity