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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.


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Spring 2021

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 Nina Moreno 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

Time flies when you’re having fun—and also when your tenure clock starts ticking. You earned your position as a faculty member by being accomplished at managing long-term projects and goals, but this most critical professional deadline is one that requires careful planning. This workshop, geared primarily towards new faculty starting their probationary periods, will provide concrete suggestions for planning your work, staying on track with those plans, and building your tenure file along the way.  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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