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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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Fall 2022

There is a perception that students’ academic and personal experiences are increasingly different from those of their respective course instructors’. During this interactive presentation, attendees will engage in a talkback session, considering the degree to which they can span cultural and/or experiential gaps that may exist between instructors and students. Drawing from a strategy that theater companies use, a talkback session provides an opportunity for cast members to engage with the audience, to determine what the viewers thought of the show and what material resonated with the audience. In the context of this interactive presentation, attendees will discuss their thoughts on an Inside Higher Ed article and portions of it that resonate with their experiences; the article will be made available to all registrants prior to this session. The aim is to critique an instructional strategy designed to engage students as active participants in the learning process.  Register

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, Dr. 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. His presentation will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.  Register

Everyone finds themselves confronting difficult situations. Are you avoiding a tough conversation with a colleague or co-worker? Difficult conversations, in this context, are topics that you may find challenging to discuss for one reason or another. People are often reluctant to open a difficult conversation out of fear of potential consequences, negative prior experiences, or we simply do not know how to get started.

This workshop addresses the underlying issues that make these conversations especially uncomfortable and demanding, how to prepare yourself to have them, and how to initiate the conversation with the other person. Face your fears of conflict and reduce your anxiety about the tough discussions you know you need to have with others. Based upon the best-selling book Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.  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 Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to attend this free, in-person, one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. At Oktoberbest you'll hear innovative teaching ideas and best practices implemented by your colleagues at USC. This teaching symposium features engaging and informative presentations on innovative approaches to teaching, assessments, course design, creative student learning opportunities, and successful implementation of new strategies and best practices.

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at USC, but is not open to the general public.  

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

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

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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