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 Spring 2020
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The claim, “anybody can teach” has surfaced in conversation over the years. Individuals who make and/or accept this perspective typically fail to understand or are unaware of the complexities inherent in teaching. In addition to implementing one of more instructional strategies to promote learning, an instructor may make decisions or engage in behaviors that address nebulous issues that surface during a lesson or throughout the semester.
During this presentation, participants will consider three ethical perspectives that may impact decisions they make during or outside of instruction. There will be opportunities to consider one or more of these viewpoints to address dilemmas presented in selected scenarios. There will be opportunities for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation. Register
University Libraries offers a number of services to help with your research and teaching. During this session, librarians will provide information on how to locate freely available course materials that can be used in your classroom, including open educational resources (OER) and library-licensed resources. The library can create 'coursepacks' in Blackboard that are completely free for your students to access. You’ll also learn about research data services for faculty from Digital Research Services at University Libraries. Register
Each college or school has a diversity officer who reports to the dean. Diversity officers develop and implement unit-level strategic plans for diversity and inclusion focusing on composition, achievement, engagement and inclusion as the attributes of their inclusion efforts.
This session will address how newly hired faculty members can become involve at the university level or within their respective units to support diversity, equity and inclusion and share practical ways to successfully highlight diversity, equity and inclusion in course materials as a faculty member. Register
Would you like for your classes to spark more enthusiasm and intellectual passion in your students? Are you looking for ways to inspire them to invest energy in the material, challenge themselves, and learn deeply? This interactive session, facilitated by Christy Friend and faculty associates from the College of Arts and Sciences Incubator for Teaching Innovation, is for you. We'll discuss what research tells us about the importance and nature of student engagement. Then we'll demonstrate several concrete teaching strategies that research has shown to be successful in motivating students. We'll conclude with an informal discussion in which attendees will be encouraged to raise questions and share strategies that have been effective in their own classrooms. Register
A panel of second-year faculty will discuss what new faculty hires can be doing to prepare themselves for what happens after the first year. 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.