New Faculty Development Program

New Faculty Development Program

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Nebraska's New Faculty Development Program is designed to welcome new and recently hired faculty to the university, assist you in becoming acquainted with our community and programs, and provide advice on getting off to a productive and fulfilling start to your career at Nebraska.

New Faculty Orientation

Nebraska’s New Faculty Development Program kicks off with a Canvas Course beginning July 1, which will introduce new faculty to the university in an asynchronous online manner throughout the summer. On August 18, new faculty will join together in-person at Nebraska Innovation Campus for an interactive, all-day event, which will include sessions with campus leadership, an information fair, and a panel of “recently new” faculty. A detailed invitation will be emailed with more information.

Additional onboarding resources are available at

The Mill Coffee and Bistro at NIC

New Faculty Development Workshops

New Faculty Development Workshops are held from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Nebraska Innovation Campus and are immediately followed by Faculty Club Night at The Mill Coffee and Bistro at NIC.

The Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office offers this series of workshops throughout the academic year to enable a deeper dive on topics of importance to new faculty. While primarily targeted toward first-year faculty, invitations to these workshops are also extended to those in their second and third years. Attend at least five workshops (tenure-track faculty) or four workshops (lecturers) over the course of your first three years on different topics and receive a certificate of completion.

Detailed invitations to each workshop will be emailed before the event.

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Teaching at Nebraska

Thursday, September 9, 2021

High student engagement is essential for providing the best possible classroom experience. In this workshop, the Center for Transformative Teaching explores what faculty can do to ensure students have opportunities to interact meaningfully with them, the materials they provide, and with each other, as well as how best to facilitate active learning and deep discussion while maintaining an inclusive classroom environment. The workshop also provides information about Universal Design for Learning and Reflective Practitioner Program and Accessibility resources. Faculty will be led through thoughtful reflection about incorporating the ideas into their own courses. Workshop led by Amy Ort, Steven Cain, Brian Wilson, and Julia Remsik Larsen, Instructional Designers at the CTT.

Research at Nebraska

Thursday, October 14, 2021

This workshop is designed to help new faculty successfully launch their research career at the university. It focuses on services and resources provided by the Office of Research and Economic Development including internal funding opportunities for research and creative activities; research development programs; support for proposal development, grants and contracts; research compliance; communicating research accomplishments; collaborating with the private sector; facilitating transfer of university inventions from the lab to the marketplace; the University of Nebraska Press; and the University of Nebraska State Museum. Workshop led by Nathan Meier and Becky Zavala, Assistant Vice Chancellors for Research.

Free Speech and Academic Freedom

Thursday, November 4, 2021

This workshop covers the basic principles of first amendment law as it relates to freedom of speech on university campuses and the academic freedom tenets of the American Association of University Professors. It also covers relevant Board of Regents policies related to freedom of speech and academic freedom and introduces faculty to AAUP guidelines regarding academic freedom. Workshop led by Suzanne Kemp, Professor of Practice in Special Education and Communication Disorders.

Engaging and Mentoring Students in High-Impact Practices

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The American Association for Colleges and Universities has identified several high-impact practices that have been demonstrated to transform students’ personal development and educational growth. This interactive workshop will introduce faculty to numerous opportunities to teach, mentor and engage students through these practices, including undergraduate research, education abroad, the honors program, learning communities, and internships. Several faculty and staff will describe their experiences in a panel format followed by small group discussions that feature more about these opportunities. Workshop led by Bill Watts, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising and Career Development.

Diversity and Inclusion: From Strategies to Practice

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this workshop provides an overview of the office and its operations; the initiative and collaborations it has developed in support of diversity-based faculty efforts; and its ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence. It also provides foundational principles for equity-based teaching methodologies, which illustrate strategies to infuse inclusive excellence into curriculum for various learning modalities. Learn about internal and external campus and community resources for continuous engagement, interaction, professional development, and best inclusive practices. Workshop led by Nkenge Friday, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives.

Preparing for Promotion and/or Tenure

Thursday, March 24, 2022

New faculty learn what they can do now to prepare for the promotion and/or tenure process. This workshop is for tenure-track faculty, professors of practice, research faculty, and extension educators. Representative from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the colleges will be available to discuss institute- and college-specific requirements. Workshop led by Rich Bischoff, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Leader Success, and Judy Walker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Thoughts from Faculty, Redux: Keys for a Successful Second Year and Beyond

Thursday, April 21, 2022

A panel of junior faculty discusses the differences between their first year and subsequent years as a faculty member and what new faculty can do during the summer to set themselves up for success in year two and beyond. Workshop led by Judy Walker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Affairs, and Kevin Hanrahan, Director of Faculty Development.