Faculty Diversity



As of August 5, 2019, UCCS is an institutional member of NCFDD.



The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. They provide a variety of virtual programs and resources including: 

 • Weekly Monday Motivator 

• Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars

Hidden Handbook series

• Monthly Guest Expert Webinars 

• Access to Multi-Week Courses

• Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students (appropriate for Master’s students, too)

• Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges 

• Monthly Accountability Buddy Matches

• Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges

• Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings


To claim your free Institutional Membership, complete the following steps:

1) Go to https://www.ncfdd.org/join

2) Choose your institution from the drop-down menu.

3) Select “Activate my Membership”

4) Complete the registration form using your institutional email address (i.e. @InstitutionalEmail.edu)

5) Go to your institution email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.

If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at Membership@FacultyDiversity.org.

Patty Witkowsky, PhD
Faculty Coordinator for the campus NCFDD membership
Patty Witkowsky, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Witkowsky teaches courses in the Masters of Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program and the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy program.
Dr. Witkowsky held administrative positions in higher education for 12 years prior to joining the faculty, which inform her research interests. Dr. Witkowsky's research focuses on the experiences of graduate students in student affairs graduate preparation programs, student transitions, and the experiences of student affairs professionals. Dr. Witkowsky combines her academic and administrative experience in various service roles including as an Associate Editor of the Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention and a reviewer for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Dr. Witkowsky is a member of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the International Association of Student Affairs and Services. Recently, Dr. Witkowsky has recently received the following acknowledgements: Outstanding Service from the College of Education, Outstanding Faculty Award from NASPA IV-West, and Influential Educator from the SAHE Program.