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.
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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The claim, “anybody can teach” has surfaced in various conversations over the years. Individuals who make and/or accept this perspective often may not understand the complexities of teaching. Assigning students grades for the quality of work that they complete or failure to complete contributes to the challenges of university teaching. In response to a brief presentation and sharing some lessons learned, the new faculty attendees will have opportunity to apply knowledge of selected practices. The intent of this interactive presentation is not to prescribe specific assessment strategies. Instead, participants will engage in reflective dialogue with the purpose of confirming or modifying the quality of a course assessment that they bring to this session. 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
The teaching philosophy statement provides a concise description of a faculty member’s teaching approach, methods, and experience. Departments require a teaching philosophy statement as part of the tenure and promotion process. What is your teaching philosophy? How do you articulate it, and what should you include? In this workshop designed specifically for faculty, we will discuss the statement’s purpose and strategies for composing the statement, incorporating time for individual brainstorming, group discussion and feedback. Participants will leave with an outline of their statement and guidelines to continue crafting it. Come to this workshop to revise, revamp, and renew your current teaching philosophy statement. 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
This session is designed to provide an opportunity for first year faculty members to ask questions and receive feedback concerning their first semester at UofSC. Newly-hired faculty will also receive effective tips, principles and best practices to help them be successful as they move forward in their career. Dr. Augie Grant and Dr. Nate Carnes will lead a facilitated discussion on challenges first year faculty members may face. This session will assist you to survive and thrive in your career to help new faculty members to effectively balance their teaching, research and demands of a first year faculty. Please submit your questions or concerns when you register. All questions and comments will be anonymous. Register
Interim Vice President for Research Julius Fridriksson has made new and early-career faculty a top priority since joining the Office of Research. In his New Faculty Academy presentation, Fridriksson will deliver an overview of research initiatives at the university, discuss opportunities and challenges related to interdisciplinary research and share information on research resources available to faculty. Fridriksson's presentation will be followed by an open question-and-answer session. Register
First-year, full-time faculty are invited to meet Interim Provost Cutler Uof SC’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. New faculty members will have the opportunity to hear from Interim Provost Cutler. Please submit questions during registration. 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.