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New Faculty Academy

Will you be a new full-time faculty member at the University of South Carolina in 2019–2020? Are you eager to get your career at the university off to a successful start? Would you like to meet colleagues from across campus and learn about the resources USC offers to support your research, teaching and service? New Faculty Academy (NFA) is designed for you.

New Faculty Academy

NFA is an initiative of the Office of the Provost designed to launch the careers of new faculty on a positive and productive trajectory by providing a series of professional development, networking and mentoring activities during their first year at USC. All first-year full-time faculty members on the USC Columbia campus are eligible to participate. NFA is a cohort-based program that begins with workshops held in conjunction with New Faculty Orientation, followed by a series of monthly workshops and gatherings throughout the academic year.

All NFA sessions will be led by NFA moderators, who are all senior faculty members and administrators. Each NFA session will include opportunities for informal networking and conversation.

Certificate Program

Faculty members who participate in six or more (of approximately ten) NFA sessions scheduled during the year will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation from the Provost’s office, and recognition on the Center for Teaching Excellence website.


Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.

Fall 2020

Learn how the services and resources of UofSC Libraries can support your research and teaching.  Register

At the University of South Carolina, undergraduate students must complete at academic requirements for at least one of 95 majors at the baccalaureate level. Graduate students must complete academic requirements for at least one of 135 majors at the master’s level. It is unlikely that an instructor will teach all courses that a student must take. To make learning content most meaningful, it is incumbent upon faculty members to help students make connections beyond course experiences. In this interactive workshop, the presenter will challenge participants to brainstorm ways to address the “so what” perspective students may have. Emphasis will be placed on extending beyond perceived silos. There will be opportunity for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation.  Register

Join Vice President for Research Prakash Nagarkatti to learn about research initiatives at the university, opportunities and challenges related to interdisciplinary research, and research resources available to faculty. Nagarkatti's presentation will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.  Register

This workshop is designed to facilitate faculty members’ ability to achieve success in their careers and provide an overview of the necessary preparation needed to apply for reappointment and/or promotion to tenure. Register

Congratulations! You’re almost finished with your first semester teaching at the University of South Carolina. In this NFA session, we’ll spend time talking about several processes you’ll need to know to complete the semester in December and then debrief how your classes have been going for you and what you need to transition to teaching in the spring. To prepare, send any questions you may have about closing out the semester or any questions you have at this point in the term. We’ll debrief on the challenges you’ve faced, triumphs you’ve achieved, your experiences with students, and what you need to begin again in January.  Register

Spring 2021

Additional NFA sessions will be added for the 2021 Spring Semester.

Would you like your classes to be more interactive and enthusiastic? Would you like to inspire students to work harder and engage more deeply with the material? Join facilitator Christy Friend and a panel of seasoned faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences Incubator for Teaching Innovation to discuss practical, evidence-based strategies that will make you a more engaging teacher. We’ll discuss four key principles of engagement drawn from the science of learning, then illustrate these principles with interactive demos by our panelists showing how they enact these principles in the classroom.  Register

First-year, full-time faculty are invited to meet William F. 'Bill' Tate IV, USC’s new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. New faculty members will have the opportunity to hear from Provost Tate. Please submit questions during registration.  Register

New Faculty Academy is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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