Receiving professional development emails? There's a reason

A longtime resource for Iowa State faculty development also is available to staff, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting higher education professionals make successful transitions throughout their careers.

Iowa State has an institutional membership with the center, and all Iowa State faculty, staff, graduate students and post docs automatically are enrolled in the program and receive weekly emails and notices of seminars and other programming.

Tera Jordan, associate professor of human development and family studies and assistant provost for faculty success, said the program is designed to enhance critical areas such as writing productivity and work-life balance, while providing access to a national community of peers.

"We're often so focused on individual work that we forget the importance of professional networks, mentoring and other resources to support our success. I have used NCFDD resources over the years to remind me of the importance of setting a Sunday meeting to plan each week, charting steps to meet a long-term goal, understanding the time commitment expected given the balance of my position responsibilities, and cultivating a network of mentors" Jordan said.

NCFDD offers numerous benefits at no charge, including monthly webinars, productivity tips and reminders, web-based resources and workshops, and a discussion forum that allows students and employees to network with peers across the nation. Other learning opportunities have a registration fee.