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New Faculty Academy

Will you be a new full-time faculty member at the University of South Carolina in 2022–2023? 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 2023

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

Learn about the many personal and professional development opportunities available to University employees. Topics include personal and professional training courses provided by the Division of Human Resources and its campus partners, as well as the resources available from MyGroup Employee Assistance Program.   Register

Librarians offer a wealth of resources, expertise, and support for faculty in course development. In this presentation, we will explore the various ways in which librarians can assist faculty in designing and delivering impactful and engaging learning experiences for students. Librarians can assist in the design of course assignments that incorporate information literacy skills, such as evaluating sources, using data, and conducting effective research.   Register

This NFA Session outlines the work of the Faculty Ombuds – The university is a complex and demanding workplace, a dynamic community of scholars with faculty members being added or moving on or transferring internally. Few of those who seek assistance from the Faculty Ombuds understand all their options when they have a conflict, concern, question, issue, or inquiry. The Faculty Ombuds seeks to respond in a timely manner and help invisibly and informally so that each faculty member can continue to reach their own personal and professional goals.   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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