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New Faculty Academy

Will you be a new full-time faculty member at the University of South Carolina in 2017–2018? 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 Office of the Provost’s Web page.


During the academic year, NFA sessions will be held monthly on Fridays, from 8:30–10:00 a.m., with continental breakfast provided. 

What faculty members do through research, teaching, service and outreach matters. It impacts the world, and by sharing your expertise and ideas with news media, you have the opportunity to advance public knowledge and spur connections and collaborations in exciting ways.

The university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs offers various levels of media training. Led by Jeff Stensland, this session will provide new faculty with limited or no prior media experience, an understanding of today’s changing media landscape, what stories interest news media the most, best practices for working with reporters and tips for successful news interviews. 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.  Dr. 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 eighth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. Join colleagues from across USC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. The event will include lunch with our keynote speaker, Ken Bain, a choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at USC and a 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

First-year, full-time faculty are invited to meet Joan T. A. Gabel, USC’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, at this informal breakfast session. In addition to networking with other new faculty, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from Provost Gabel and to ask questions. Faculty can submit questions for Provost Gabel online when registering to attend. New Faculty Academy is only for newly-hired, first-year full-time faculty. Register

College enrollment trends indicate that Pell Grant recipients, first-generation college students, and under-represented minorities, collectively called “new majority students”, will comprise the majority of American college students in the near future. Their success or lack of success will have a significant influence on our nation’s overall economic vitality and quality of life. These students often bring to campus experiences, insights, concerns, and predispositions that differ from those of students with a family history of college completion. The challenge for faculty is understanding these students and responding effectively.

The University of South Carolina’s Opportunity Scholars Program has a 46-year history that includes significant experience with first-generation and Pell-eligible students. Although the national profile for these students includes a less than 50% graduation rate, the Opportunity Scholars Program has graduation success that meets and often exceeds that for the general student population at the University of South Carolina. Drawing on the experiences of faculty with the Opportunity Scholars Program and related research literature, this presentation will involve a panel discussion on instructional practices that promote academic success for new majority students. The discussion will be structured around Astin’s framework for understanding college and its influence on students to identify how student inputs (academic preparation, family expectations, motivation, etc.), reactions to the campus environment, and expectations for outcomes can impact academic success. 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.