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New Faculty Academy

Will you be a new full-time faculty member at the University of South Carolina in 2018–2019? 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.

The focus of Leadership Development: Strategies and Practices is designed to provide best practices/strategies for new faculty to effectively work and develop leadership skills within the university, understanding higher education organizational culture and processes, discuss and provide examples of successful leadership approaches, strategies and styles and how to develop leadership capacity across all levels of the university.  Register

Incorporating Creativity into Teaching will provide new faculty hires examples of how to incorporate creative elements into their teaching and ways faculty can work with other faculty from various programs and disciplines to integrate creativity between disciplines.  Register

Engaging Historically Underrepresented Students workshop is designed to provide best practices/strategies of how new faculty can effectively engage underrepresented students within the university community (in and out of the classroom), identify the challenges these students face during college and offer strategies that faculty can employ to ensure all students can thrive in college, regardless of their background.  Register

First-year, full-time faculty are invited to meet Joan T. A. Gabel, USC’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, at this informal afternoon session. In addition to networking with other new faculty, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from Provost Gabel and to ask questions. Faculty can submit their questions during the registration process.  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.