New Faculty Development Program

New Faculty Development Program

Nebraska Innovation Campus

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 Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center
2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508

Nebraska’s New Faculty Development Program kicks off with New Faculty Orientation at the beginning of the fall semester.

New faculty will meet the academic leadership of Nebraska, hear from successful faculty about establishing careers in research and teaching, learn about faculty governance and employee benefits, and engage with a panel of faculty who have just completed their first year at Nebraska.

The day ends with an information fair packed with representatives of various campus units, followed by a reception where new faculty are joined by campus leaders and college deans at The Mill Coffee and Bistro at NIC.

New faculty also receive information on attending a Classroom Technology Demonstration, which is especially relevant for those teaching in the fall semester.

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 seven New Faculty Development 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 on different topics, not including new faculty orientation, over your first three years and receive a letter signed by the Executive Vice Chancellor for your promotion dossier.

A group of faulty working together

Free Speech and Academic Freedom

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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. Workshop led by Lisa Kort-Butler, Associate Professor of Sociology.

Teaching at Nebraska

Thursday, September 27, 2018

This interactive workshop is designed to help you successfully launch your teaching career at the university. Several award-winning teachers will facilitate panels and discussion tables on teaching tips and diverse education topics. You’ll build connections with other faculty and learn how to support student success at Nebraska. Workshop led by Amy Goodburn, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Graduate Education at Nebraska

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Learn about the campus structure of the university’s graduate programs. We’ll cover partnership opportunities between the graduate college and the academic colleges and departments, and the expectations and responsibilities of being a graduate faculty member. You’ll also learn about the policies governing graduate education. Workshop led by Tim Carr, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education.

Research at Nebraska

Thursday, November 29, 2018

This forum is designed to help you successfully launch your research career at the university. Packed with useful information from the Office of Research and Economic Development, it will focus on internal funding opportunities and current research initiatives. We’ll have an open discussion around building your research career. Forum led by Bob Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development and Becky Zavala, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.

Preparing for Promotion and/or Tenure

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Learn what you can do now to prepare for the promotion and/or tenure process. This workshop is for all types of new faculty, including tenure-track, professors of practice, research faculty, and extension educators. Representatives from IANR and the colleges will be available to discuss institute- and college-specific requirements. Workshop led by Judy Walker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Diversity and Inclusion: From Strategies to Practice

Thursday, February 7, 2019

In this workshop we’ll share strategies and concepts of diversity and inclusion and how they are important to creating a welcoming university community. You’ll gain insights to understanding the impact of direct and unintentional bias, and you will learn skills to assess personal behaviors and how ensure a sense of belonging for all members of our campus. Workshop led by Gwendolyn Combs, Director of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion.

Keys for a Successful Second Year and Beyond

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A panel of junior faculty will discuss what you can be doing now to prepare yourself for what happens after the first year.

New Faculty Football

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Nebraska vs. Illinois, Memorial Stadium

The Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office is partnering with the Athletics Department to introduce new faculty to Husker football. Athletics provides up to 100 complimentary tickets for first-year faculty to attend the game with a pre-game event in the stadium’s University Club and a tour of the Sokol Enrichment Center. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about connections between academics and athletics at Nebraska and how support is provided to Husker athletes to help ensure their academic success. Email executivevcoffice@unl.edu for more information.