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 hr.unl.edu/onboarding.

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New Faculty Development Workshops

New Faculty Development Workshops will be held from 3:30–5:00 p.m. at Nebraska's Innovation Campus on September 9, October 14, November 4, January 27, February 17, March 24, and April 21. Detailed invitations to each workshop will be emailed before the event. All workshops will be followed by Faculty Club Night beginning at 5:00 p.m. at The Mill Coffee and Bistro.

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Free Speech and Academic Freedom

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 university policies related to freedom of speech and academic freedom.

Preparing for Promotion and/or Tenure

Learn what you 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. Representatives from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the colleges will be available to discuss institute- and college-specific requirements.

Teaching at Nebraska

High student engagement is essential for providing the best possible student experience whether the course is in-person, online, or a hybrid of both. In this workshop, the Center for Transformative Teaching explores how we provide opportunities for students to interact with us, our course materials, and each other in a meaningful way; what practices are common across the three modes of teaching and learning and how activities in one mode translate into the others; and how we can best facilitate active learning and deep discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to work within small groups on activities designed to model co-creating knowledge with students, inclusion, and active learning.

Research at Nebraska

This forum is designed to help you successfully launch your 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 your 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.

Engaging and Mentoring Students in High-Impact Practices

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 you 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.

Diversity and Inclusion: from Strategies to Practice

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this workshop provides an overview of the office and its operations; the initiatives 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. Participants will learn about internal and external campus and community resources for continuous engagement, interaction, professional development, and best inclusive practices.

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

This workshop will feature a panel of junior faculty who will discuss the differences between the first year and subsequent years as a faculty member, and what you can do during the summer to set yourself up for success.