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Faculty Success Program


The Faculty Success Program (FSP) is open to non-tenure* and tenure-track faculty at the assistant and associate professorship ranks who would like to maintain and improve their research productivity and time management. Offered by NCFDD, the program uses coaching, peer support and accountability to help faculty reach their goals.

The Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA) provides schools with matching funds for faculty participation. Interested faculty should contact their departments and schools for approval. OFA works directly with schools to enroll approved faculty.

* Non-tenure faculty must have the following qualifications: 1) have completed their terminal degree (most commonly their Ph.D.) and are currently in a long-term contract or permanent position at their institution; and 2) their current roles shares significant similarities with common tenure promotion considerations (with a heavy emphasis on research and publication) and the overall timeline is shared with common tenure-track positions.

Program Tuition 

FSP is offered three times each year in 12-week sessions. Duke University may enroll faculty at a reduced cost during Priority Registration and Early Bird Registration.

During Priority Registration, tuition is $3,950 (an $800 savings). During Early Bird registration, tuition is $4,250 (a $500 savings). During Final Registration, full tuition is charged at a rate of $4,750.

Session Dates

Spring:  January – April  (Priority and Early Bird Registration is late-September to late-November)
Summer: May – August  (Priority and Early Bird Registration is late-February to mid-April)
Fall: August – November (Priority and Early Bird Registration is late-May to late-July)

Program Benefits

A Supportive Community

NCFDD forms a community to support your success where you can interact with other program participants, ask questions, get feedback, share resources, exchange ideas.

Weekly Training

You have access to weekly training modules where you learn empirically-tested skills, strategies, and practices that will help you to align your time and spark your productivity.

Time Tracking

Using the custom WriteNow platform designed specifically for the Faculty Success Program, you collect data regarding your own writing and research productivity.

Tenured Faculty Coaches

Each group is joined by an NCFDD-Certified Productivity Coach who has completed the program, seen transformation in their own work, and is an active faculty member.

Accountability Calls

Each week, you will also have a small group call led by an NCFDD-Certified Productivity Coach where you set goals and are held accountable for meeting those goals.

Master Coaching Sessions

For those times when you could use some individualized support, NCFDD offers one-on-one private coaching sessions with an NCFDD-Certified Master Coach.

Learn How To:

  • Start the term with an achievable set of personal and professional goals as well as a realistic plan to meet them
  • Develop a consistent, healthy, and sustainable daily writing routine
  • Move forward in developing the publication profile that will exceed your institution's promotion criteria
  • Align your time with your institution's priorities and your personal values
  • Master best practices in academic time management
  • Identify your resistance and develop a set of strategies to move through it
  • Nourish your physical and emotional health
  • Enjoy a full life beyond campus
  • Participate in an intensely supportive community that processes day-to-day challenges, pushes individuals when they need it, and celebrates members' successes as they occur

Alumni Program

The Faculty Success Program for Alumni is available to a participant after they complete an initial FSP session for as long as the university remains a member. Faculty can continue to enroll in the FSP Alumni Program offered during all three calendar year sessions free of charge, continue using the WriteNow platform and engaging with the community, and take advantage of the three Q&A style Alumni-Only Group Coaching calls during the sessions that are facilitated by our FSP Master Coaches.

Institutional Membership in NCFDD

Duke has an institutional membership in NCFDD, which provides individual faculty members free access to advice in four key areas to help achieve extraordinary writing and research productivity while maintaining a full and healthy life off campus. Duke faculty members are encouraged to make use of the institutional membership by accessing the mentoring opportunities and faculty development resources. Learn more and enroll in NCFDD.


Faculty Development