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 Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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 held the following day, which is especially relevant for those teaching in the fall semester.

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 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.

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Free Speech and Academic Freedom

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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 and Faculty Development Fellow, and will include a panel discussion with Kevin Hanrahan, Associate Professor of Music and Faculty Senate President; Julia Schleck, Associate Professor of English and Committee Chair, Nebraska AAUP; David Woodman, Professor of Practice, School of Biological Sciences and President, Nebraska AAUP; and Judy Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Research at Nebraska

Thursday, September 26, 2019

This forum is designed to help you successfully launch your research career at the university. It will focus 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. We’ll have an open discussion around strategies for building your research career that will be led by a panel of early-career faculty who will share their experiences. Forum led by Bob Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development and the ORED Leadership Team.

Teaching at Nebraska

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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 Nick Monk, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching.

Diversity and Inclusion: from Strategies to Practice

Thursday, November 21, 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.

Engaging and Mentoring Students in High-Impact Practices

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The American Association for Colleges and Universities has identified several high-impact practices which 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, internships, and more! Several faculty and staff will describe their experiences in a panel format followed by discussion tables where you can learn more about different opportunities. Workshop led by Bill Watts, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Advising and Career Development.

Preparing for Promotion and/or Tenure

Thursday, February 13, 2020

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.

Keys for a Successful Second Year and Beyond

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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 End-of-Semester Reception

Thursday, December 12, 2019 
West Stadium Club, Memorial Stadium

Faculty Affairs is partnering with the Athletics Department to introduce new faculty to Husker athletics. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about connections between academics and athletics at Nebraska and what support is available to Husker athletes to help ensure their academic success. There will be a tour of the academic support spaces within the stadium.