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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.

In this session, we’ll explore teaching @ UofSC and what support is available to help you succeed in your first year in the classroom. We’ll also discuss basic pedagogical frameworks and teaching best practices that will help you design an engaging course focused on student learning outcomes. You’ll also have the opportunity sign-up to consult with an instructional designer who can work with you as you teach throughout the year.  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

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the tenth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Russel House University Union.  Join colleagues from across USC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching.

The Oktoberbest schedule has a wide variety of workshops on topics ranging from active learning and online course development to critical thinking and integrative learning. The event will include:

  • Breakfast with our keynote speaker
  • Choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at USC
  • Closing reception featuring door prizes and traditional Oktoberfest fare

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at USC, but is not open to the general public.  Register

What makes a teacher excellent? This New Faculty Academy workshop engages award winning professors in a panel discussion about effective teaching that motivate students to be an active participants in their learning. Panelist are Garnet Apple Award Winners recognized for their teaching innovations and successes in the classroom. Panelists will share teaching tips, best practices and advice to newly hired faculty about best teaching practices that work!  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

This workshop outlines the keys to success and provides new faculty members with practical, down-to-earth wisdom and suggestions for successfully working at the university.  Register

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.

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