NCFDD How to Engage in Healty Conflict Webinar

Academics are notoriously conflict avoidant and the inability to manage conflict can result in negative physical, emotional, and relational consequences for faculty. So why not learn early in your career to master the SKILL of healthy conflict so that you can effectively manage conflicts as they arise and avoid carrying around all of the negative energy, anger and resentment in your mind and body. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How conflict-management is an essential part of thriving in the Academy.
  • How to decide when to push-back and when to pull back in the face of conflict.
  • The difference between healthy and unhealthy conflict.
  • How to get clear about the role that power plays in resolving departmental conflicts.
  • Ten tips for engaging in healthy conflict.

For more information about this webinar and to register, please use the NCFDD How to Engage in Healthy Conflict form.

NCFDD Webinars

The Faculty Development and Diversity Learning Community here at BGSU will be hosting webinar screenings/discussion sessions on the NCFDD webinars below. All members of the BGSU community are welcome to attend.

  • Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators: October 26, 2017 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in 410 Kuhlin Center
  • Every Semester Needs a Plan: December 9, 2017 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in 410 Kuhlin Center
  • The Art of Saying No: February 1, 2018 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in 410 Kuhlin Center
  • How to Speak to and Engage Nonacademic Audiences: March 1, 2018 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in 410 Kuhlin Center

For webinar descriptions and to register, visit our NCFDD Webinars page.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Membership

Through Bowling Green State University’s institutional membership, all faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), which provides professional development, training, and mentoring activities. NCFDD resources are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and include a range of topics such as time management, overcoming academic perfectionism, how to develop a daily writing plan, how to write grant proposals, and more. These resources are provided by trained NCFDD mentors and offer a confidential area for problem solving which is available and accessible online. The NCFDD is dedicated to faculty success throughout a career lifespan and is an excellent resource for support, for increasing productivity, for learning effective time management, and for living a balanced and healthy life. 

NCFDD member resources include but are not limited to:
How to Activate Your BGSU Sponsored Membership:
  1. Go to:
  2. Fill out fields: “username,” “firstname,” and “lastname” and click “Continue”
      You will not need to provide payment since BGSU has an institutional membership.
  3. Another screen “Step 2:  Member Information” fill in form appears”. Fill out the required fields including selection of a password and click “Submit”. NOTE: Required fields are indicated with a red asterisk. All other fields are OPTIONAL.
  4. At this point, your screen will display “Thank you for registering. You will receive an email when your sub-account is ready.”  There is a button to view your invoice receipt--you can ignore this button since you are joining as part of an institutional membership.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email when your membership becomes active. It will take approximately 24 hours for your membership to be reviewed and for you to fully begin using your NCFDD membership.

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Fall 2016 On-Campus Workshops

Two on-campus workshops were presented on Friday, Septemeber 16th.

“Solo Success, How to Thrive in the Academy When You’re the Only ____________ in the Department”  (For all Faculty)

Under-represented faculty commonly describe:

  • Feeling over-whelmed by service requests related to diversity
  • Pressure to serve as role models, advisors and mentors to all _______ students
  • Struggling to respond effectively to classroom dynamics shaped by race, class and gender
  • Lack of support network, community, mentors, and sponsors
  • Mixed messages about the best use of their time on campus

The Solo Success Workshop is specifically designed to address the unique concerns of under-represented faculty members. Specifically, participants learn to:

  • Identify the common challenges under-represented faculty face on the tenure-track
  • Identify the three biggest mistakes under-represented faculty make
  • Use specific strategies for increasing productivity, serving strategically, teaching efficiently, and building strong and healthy professional relationships
  • Identify why and how to connect with communities of support and accountability

“Re-Thinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support, and Accountability”   (Especially for tenured faculty, chairs, and directors)

  • Does your department, college or university effectively mentor pre-tenure faculty?
  • How can you work toward providing faculty at different stages of career development meaningful mentoring relationships and experiences?
  • How to does mentoring differ for pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty?
  • How can institutions provide effective mentoring for under-represented faculty?

This workshop is designed to start a new type of discussion about mentoring by describing the common problems that pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty members experience and why traditional mentoring programs fail to meet those needs. We propose an alternative framework for mentoring that focuses on needs assessment and shifts the idea of mentoring from a relationship between two faculty members towards building a broad network of support, community and accountability.

For additional information:

For information about BGSU’s institutional membership, please contact Connie Molnar, CFE Associate Director at or (419) 372-7900.

If you have technical questions or concerns, contact the NCFDD Membership Relations staff via email: or phone: (313) 347-8485 ext. 3.

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