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SHARPGrads Program

SHARPGrads is the Skills, Habits, and Research Program for Graduate Students at the University of South Carolina.  This workship provides free training in digital scholarship, computing, and library research concepts for students enrolled in graduate-level courses at the Columbia campus. 

Teaching Online for Graduate Students

Online Asynchronous 4-week Course

This four-week, fully online asynchronous course will introduce you to online teaching and develop your knowledge and ability to implement and teach online courses.

Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program

Nomination Required

Open to prospective and current doctoral and MFA students, this program prepares underrepresented and ethnically diverse students to become professors. Scholars are provided $40,000 in additional funding over 4 years and receive training specifically designed to help them launch successful and impactful careers as college professors. 

Preparing Future Faculty

Application Required

This program is a professional development opportunity that provides assistance to graduate students and post-docs who want to become faculty members at the college level. PFF is a national program established by the Council of Graduate Schools, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Pew Charitable Trust and the National Science Foundation.

USC Postdoctoral Association

Open to postdocs

Formed in early 2014, the USC Postdoctoral Association supports and improves the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research and teaching.



General Resources (available to all USC Graduate Students and Faculty)

Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching

In-person, one day (all invited)

The agenda features a major symposium speaker as well as engaging presentations on innovative approaches to teaching, assessments, and course design.

Blackboard Ultra Course View

This is USC’s major Learning Management System (LMS) that allows instructors to customize the learning experience. Instructors may post course content, develop online assessments, facilitate peer to peer interactions, send announcements, communicate with students, and maintain and calculate student grades. 

Generative Artificial Intelligence

This USC resource page was developed to help faculty learn about Generative AI and its implications for teaching and learning. The information and recommendations on this page will be updated as more is learned about this technology.

Teaching Resources

CTE's Teaching Resources provide valuable tools to help with preparation, teaching, and course assessment.  From accessibility through final exam FAQ, this site is one to be bookmarked.

Constructing the Course Syllabus

One of the most popular sites, guidelines are provided for the construction of an effective syllabus including up to date advice on how to discuss student’s use of generative AI.

Instructional Design Consulting Services from CTE

At the forefront of our instructional design approach is a commitment to student success, using best practices to create supportive and inclusive learning environments. Center offers one on one and tailored small group instruction.


Courses and Programs

Fostering Proactive Learning Environments

6 online synchronous sessions

This program will assist you in: understanding today’s student and how to structure your class to foster a sense of belonging while also and developing proactive strategies for handling the use of cell phones and tablets during class.

Foundations of Online Teaching

Online asynchronous 4-week course

Regardless of your online teaching experience, this facilitator-led course provides foundations and guidance for purposeful online course design, development, and delivery.

Technology for Online Teaching and Learning

Online asynchronous 4-week course

For instructors teaching in a blended, hybrid, or fully online environment, using technology is a given. The focus of the course is on integrating technology to transform learning environments.

Teaching with the Library

2 required sessions in person with 2 or more online

The program is designed to help faculty seeking to enhance their teaching through effective utilization of library resources and services.

Integrative and Experiential Learning

2 face-to-face and 4 online sessions

The program explores ways to help students reflect on and connect what they do within and beyond their curriculum, and transfer their knowledge to new, complex situations.  

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.