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Office of Faculty Affairs

The mission of the Office of Faculty Affairs is to support and empower our community of faculty to learn, grow, and thrive as teachers, as researchers, scholars and artists, and as productive members of our community.

New Faculty Onboarding: Before You Arrive

We are excited you are joining the University of South Carolina. In preparation for your first day, take the following steps to finalize your hiring process and gain access to important university systems. The information within will help you get off to a strong start.

Faculty Development Programs

The Office of Faculty Affairs is committed to cultivating institutional structures for faculty advancement across the career lifespan.  In addition to the programs offered by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Division of Human Resources, the Thomas Cooper Library as well as a number of schools and colleges have developed a number of excellent programs to foster long term learning and development.

The career development opportunities and support can be used at all stages of a faculty member’s career, although some are geared more towards early or mid-career development.  Certain programs are relevant for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. Program formats vary with some programs offered in-person, in hybrid form, or virtually.

Click on the tiles below to find tables with information about professional development opportunities.


Faculty Support and Guidance

Civility Advocate

The charge of the FCA is to adjudicate complaints of workplace incivility as dictated in the Workplace Incivility Policy (ACAF 1.80 [pdf]) in an independent and just manner. Contact the Faculty Civility Advocate ( for more information.

Faculty Ombuds

The faculty ombuds serves as a confidential, neutral, informal and independent resource for faculty concerns and conflicts. The Faculty Ombuds is available to listen to concerns, clarify issues, develop options and provide information. The ombuds advocates for fair and equitably administered processes and does not advocate on behalf of any individual within the university.

Dealing with Incivility on Social Media

This guide is designed to assist the campus community in responding to situations in which faculty members are targeted by individuals or groups outside of the university based on the content of the faculty member’s scholarship, teaching, and/or service. It addresses potential concerns in such situations and informs the campus about resources available to assist individual faculty members, departments chairs, and other administrators.

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