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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.


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

Fall 2023

Julius Fridriksson, the Vice President for Research, 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

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick (Dean of the Faculty) will discuss developing your teaching portfolio and how to build a case for your promotion and/or reappointment. In addition, she and Professor Nate Carnes will provide an overview of resources that support your ability to achieve success early in your career.   Register

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick (Dean of the Faculty) will discuss how to build your research agenda and how to develop a scholarly reputation in your discipline. You earned your position as a faculty member by being accomplished at managing long-term projects and goals. This workshop will provide concrete suggestions to planning your work, staying on track with those plans, and building an excellent promotion file along the way.   Register

This panel presentation is designed to provide advice and insight to promote excellence in teaching. During this session, the panelists will share some of their experiences and insights that they experienced during their first year of teaching. The attendees will have opportunities to direct questions to the panelists. Register

The Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation honors the University of South Carolina’s most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.  Register

There are many ways in which a course instructor can enlist or raise the level of her/his students' engagement and cooperation. The ability to do so is increasingly critical as university students enter the classroom with cell phones and other devices that may become sources of distraction.

During this session, the presenter will distinguish between authority and power. Additionally, he will draw attention to a few types and uses of power that attendees can implement in managing student behaviors. The presentation and reflection activity are designed to help new faculty consciously blend two or more forms of power to effectively engage students in the learning process.  

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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