MSU Denver


Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has secured funds to support six faculty members to participate in the Summer 2023 Faculty Success Program. This 12-week online program offered through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity helps tenure-track and tenured faculty members develop the skills necessary to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. 

What attendees will receive: 

  • One-on-one private coaching sessions with an NCFDD-certified coach.   
  • Weekly training in empirically tested skills, strategies and practices that will help align time and spark productivity.   
  • Weekly accountability calls led by an NCFDD-certified coach in which participants will set goals and be held accountable for meeting those goals.   
  • A supportive community and the opportunity to interact with other program participants, ask questions, get feedback, share resources and exchange ideas with peers.   
  • Time-tracking using the custom WriteNow platform designed specifically for the Faculty Success Program to collect data regarding writing and research productivity. 

The application due date is Feb. 17. Tenure-track faculty applicants will be prioritized, but all tenured/tenure-track faculty members can apply. Upon successful completion of the program, each faculty member will be required to provide a brief (one-page) description of how the experience impacted their professional development. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will review all applications, and selected faculty members will be notified by Feb. 24. Apply now and contact Tricia Hudson-Matthew, Ph.D., associate professor of Human Services and Faculty Fellow of the ODI, and Chalane Lechuga, Ph.D., professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and director of Faculty Diversity Research and Development in the ODI, for more information. 

What last year’s attendees are saying 

Garvita Thareja, Ph.D., MBA, assistant professor of Health Administration, said: 

“The program was a good platform to build teaching and research strategies, academic plans and self-evaluation pieces to excel in academia. I learned to have a schedule in my calendar, maintain a work-life balance and be able to meet my goals for the day/week. My coach was very supportive and understanding and helped me in finding solutions to my challenges and issues. The program helped me in understanding my goals from a broader perspective so that I was able to develop miniplans that ultimately helped in achieving those goals and then plan for the next ones.” 

Elizabeth Macy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Ethnomusicology, said: 

“For me, participation in FSP came at the right time. In what turned out to be a particularly challenging summer — a summer in which my work-life balance was lacking — I found the skills we reviewed to be critical to my own accountability. But more important was the small group I became a part of. From the first accountability phone call (FSP requires that participants complete weekly assignments and meet with their small group and facilitator over the phone), I found a supportive group of colleagues who asked big questions about the challenges and successes we all faced.”