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Faculty Success Fellows

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ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellows

The ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellowship Program seeks to promote the success of tenure-track faculty members at Texas A&M University through a professional development opportunity designed to increase productivity and maintain work-life balance.  This program is targeted towards faculty who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

ADVANCE will provide up to 8 awards in the amount of $2500 each to support participation in the Faculty Success Program offered by the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development (NCFDD) during the Fall 2020 semester.

This program is aligned with the ADVANCE program’s mission to support the retention and success of faculty, while weaving the deeply held values of diversity, inclusion, and respect into the culture of Texas A&M. Each ADVANCE NCFDD Faculty Success Fellow will also have the opportunity to network with other fellows and members of the ADVANCE leadership team by participating in a monthly cohort meeting. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of participants, all monthly cohort meetings will be conducted via Zoom.

The priority registration cost for Texas A&M faculty is $3950 for NCFDD's Faculty Success Program. ADVANCE covers $2500 towards these registration costs for each selected fellow. Faculty participants are expected to use their own startup funds and/or request matching funds from their departments or colleges to cover the remaining $1450 to participate in this program. 

NCFDD’s Faculty Success Program is designed for faculty “who are looking for the perfect combination of empirically-tested methods to improve research productivity through intense accountability, coaching, and peer support and to propel their work-life balance and personal growth to a whole new level.”

The 12-week program includes the following things:
  • a supportive online community,
  • weekly training modules,
  • a custom time tracking platform,
  • a NCFDD-certified productivity coach, 
  • weekly accountability calls, and
  • one-on-one master coaching sessions.

For more information, see the full description of the program


Eligibility Criteria

This program is open to all pre-tenure tenure-track faculty members at Texas A&M University.  Priority will be given to faculty who are still in the first three years of their tenure-track appointment.

Applicants must have a schedule that permits active participation throughout the program.  (In other words, applicants must not have any professional or personal commitments that would make it difficult to complete the weekly homework assignments, receive support from their accountability coach, and participate in monthly cohort meetings.) 


Proposal Application

Faculty interested in applying for this program should submit a completed application form along with a 2 page CV, to by the program deadline.

As part of the application, applicants are expected to:
  • outline their research goals (150-250 words);
  • outline the work-life challenges that they hope to address by participating in this program (150-200 words); 
  • describe  how their past and future professional contributions demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (150-250 words); and
  • attach a 2 page CV.

Applicants are also required to indicate the source of matching funds. The form needs to be signed by the department head (or associate head) acknowledging support of this application.  

Faculty who are unable to complete the Adobe form from their home workstation may alternatively submit an application using a word processor, as long as all of the questions on the form are answered within the specified word limits. Similarly, department heads may indicate their approval of an application by sending an email to Please let us know if you need assistance with the application.



The deadline for the Fall 2020 program is June 8th, 2020.


Assessment Criteria

  • Demonstrated research goals that will benefit from participation in this program.
  • Demonstrated work-life challenges that will benefit from participation in this program.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.