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.
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.
Registration Summer 2020
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There is a perception that students’ background experiences are increasingly different from their respective course instructors’. The aim of this workshop is to raise course instructors' levels of sensitivity to students' backgrounds. During this interactive workshop, the attendees will engage in a talkback session, considering the degree to which they are able and make efforts to span cultural gaps that may exist between instructors and students. Drawing from a strategy that theater companies use, a talkback session provides an opportunity for cast members to engage with the audience, to determine what the viewers thought of the show and what material resonated with the audience.
In the context of this interactive session, workshop attendees will need to read an Inside Higher Ed article As Times and Students Change, Can Faculty Change, Too? The group will discuss their thoughts on the article and the portions of it that resonate with their experiences. It is imperative that the attendees read the article in advance of the session. 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.