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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 2024

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. Attendees will experience a way to assess their personal and professional development in a reflective manner. Participants are asked to bring their cell phones with a camera to the session.  Register

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Well, I’m here to tell you that nice is telling people what they need to know, when they need to know it – even when it may be difficult. Nice is also speaking respectfully to one another – and not allowing otherwise. And finally, nice is speaking directly to the person you need to speak with versus involving others unnecessarily. We’re Gamecocks, not Chickens!

In this session, we will discuss triangulation, four common causes of conflict and will practice having a difficult conversation. At the end, you will be more comfortable addressing conflict and having difficult conversations. Over time, with practice, you will become Cocky and confident and will model how to be a Gamecock, not a chicken to the university community!  

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.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.