Professional Development & Faculty Support


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The George Washington University is an Institutional Member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. By becoming an Institutional Member, all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at The George Washington University have access to the following member resources at no additional cost:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • 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 take advantage of this opportunity, please activate your confidential, personal membership by completing the following steps:

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

We encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you through the NCFDD. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Faculty Affairs at [email protected]. If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at [email protected].

Technology Commercialization Office

The George Washington University's Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) works proactively with university faculty, staff, and students and is responsible for managing the university technologies through patent protection and licensing to companies. The mission of the office is to promote the technologies developed at GW through establishing partnerships with companies of all sizes so that the fruits of the university research create directly new economic activity while solving human and societal problems.  

For more information, visit the TCO website, or contact the TCO team.

Professional Development 

  • Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) - The ITL assists faculty with the instructional technologies they use for teaching as well as offer hands-on guidance as they develop dynamic content for their courses. The ITL also provides support to instructors and teaching assistants who need assistance with the Blackboard learning management system.
  • Instructional Core - The Instructional Core for Advocacy, Research, and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (ICare) of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GW LAI) is the central university hub for faculty development, online course design, digital fluency, and instructional technology.
  • Faculty workshops -  Libraries and Academic Innovations (LAI) offers 75+ faculty workshops each academic year in a wide variety of subjects including getting started with Blackboard, using specialized tools in Blackboard, transparent assignments, maximizing engagement in online classes, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Workshops are free and open to all GW faculty members. 

In the Classroom

  • Academic Technologies (AT) - AT provides hands-on classroom technology training and immediate assistance for general purpose classrooms as well as learning space design to suit best pedagogical practices. They also host lecture capture, audience response, and other classroom technologies that enhance teaching and learning at GW. 
  • Librarian instruction sessions - A librarian will attend your class to provide library research instruction or help students with GIS, data, programming, or social media projects. 
  • Top Textbooks - The Top Textbooks at GW Libraries program acquires up to five copies of required textbooks for a select group of undergraduate, high enrollment courses with traditionally expensive textbooks and places them on course reserve for use by all students.

Student Academic Support

  • Academic Commons - A one-stop shop for student academic resources.
  • Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research (CUFR) - CUFR provides GW undergraduates and alumni with information, guidance and support as they learn about and apply for research opportunities and national fellowship competitions. 
  • Workshops and research consultations - Libraries and Academic Innovations (LAI) offers 250+ workshops each academic year in a wide variety of subjects including programming and coding, statistical analysis, data visualization, study skills, and data literacy. Workshops are free and open to all GWorld holders. 

Faculty Research 

  • Advanced research consultations - Libraries and Academic Innovations (LAI) supports faculty research by providing consultations services in library research, geographic information systems (GIS), statistical analyses, data services, programming and software development.
  • Social Feed Manager - Developed and hosted by Libraries and Academic Innovations (LAI) to support campus research about social media including Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Sina Weibo platforms.