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New Faculty Academy

Will you be a new full-time faculty member at the University of South Carolina in 2018–2019? 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.


Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.

Activities on the first day of class can leave an impression on students for the duration of the semester.  During this session, participants will experience some alternative ways for beginning the semester and reflect on them in light of their teaching philosophy and/or style. There will be opportunities for participants to engage in an informal question and answer exchange throughout and at the end of this session.  Register

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce new faculty members to the work of the University Ombudsman. Questions, concerns, conflicts, and various challenging issues may arise between faculty and staff, faculty and students as well as between faculty in various academic settings and at various academic levels. Sources of conflict can include compensation and benefits, evaluative relationships, and peer and colleague relationships. Conflict may be related to career progression and development, lack of reasonable accommodations, safety and physical working conditions, administrative decisions and interpretation and application of University policies and procedures, use of positional power and authority, departmental climate, as well as the values or culture of the university.

This workshop will explore the role of the University Ombudsman in helping new faculty deal with questions, concerns, conflicts and challenging issues in their new academic setting.  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

All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the ninth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching on Friday, October 12, 2018. 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, Pamela E. Barnett
  • Panel discussion on the "Implications of the Horizon Report" facilitated by Debbie Yoho, a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Sciences
  • 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.


Networking is crucial to faculty development as established relationships can make you stand out against the competition. This workshop will provide effective network strategies for faculty to incorporate into their day-to-day work. Join Augie Grant for an interactive session on how to develop effective professional networking skills that will help you to expand your circle of colleagues and make connections that will help you advance in your career.  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

John Dozier will share with new faculty members an overview of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and how they can become involved with the various programs at the university to address our ever-changing cultural landscape.  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.