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Duke Graduate Students Get Free Access to Professional Development Resources from NCFDD

December 6, 2016


Duke is now an institutional member to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), a highly regarded center known for providing academics with professional development, training, and mentoring throughout their careers. Through Duke’s membership, all graduate students will have free access to most NCFDD resources and will no longer pay the individual membership fee of $240.

The NCFDD’s tools are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and cover a range of topics such as time management, how to develop a daily writing plan, how to write grant proposals, and managing conflict. These resources offer concrete guidance for managing work-life balance, optimizing productivity, and increasing overall well-being.

Among the resources of interest to graduate students is the Dissertation Success Program, a collection of web resources and personal support—such as online and phone discussions with mentors—designed to help graduate students navigate the dissertation process. The program, which previously cost $650, will now be free for all Duke graduate students.

Other resources that will be available to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty include:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly core curriculum webinars
  • Monthly guest expert webinars
  • Access to multi-week courses
  • Video recordings of all webinars so members can learn at their convenience
  • Private discussion forum for peer-mentoring and problem-solving
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Moderated monthly writing challenges
  • Access to the member library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

To claim their institutional membership, Duke users should go to and click on “Activate Your Membership” in the left column. Users who have questions should contact Marnie Rhoads (, 919-660-5213) in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. For technical assistance, contact NCFDD liaison Amy Jin Johnson (, 313-347-8485, ext. 2) or email