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 New Faculty Orientation at the beginning of the fall semester. 

In this year's virtual welcome, available online August 1, new faculty will hear from campus leadership and early-career faculty in research, teaching, and extension; learn about employee benefits; and receive information about Faculty Senate.

On August 19, there will be an in-person information fair and opportunity for professional headshots taken by university photographers at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Later that day, a panel of second-year faculty will share their first-year experiences and advice during a live discussion and networking event via Zoom.

A detailed invitation will be emailed to new faculty with more information.

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

Additional onboarding resources are available at

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New Faculty Development Workshops

Faculty Affairs in 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.

Mark your calendar to save these dates. Workshops will be held virtually until we can safely gather together in person. Detailed invitations to each workshop will be emailed before the event.

New Faculty Development Workshops are held from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Free Speech and Academic Freedom

September 3, 2020

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 Nicole Baun, Associate Professor of Biochemistry 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.

Teaching at Nebraska

October 15, 2020

High student engagement is essential for providing the best possible student experience whether the course is in-person, online, or a hybrid of both. This workshop 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. Workshop co-facilitated by Amy Ort, Instructional Design Technology Specialist, and Nick Monk, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching.

Research at Nebraska

November 19, 2020

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. Forum led by Bob Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and the ORED leadership team with open discussion featuring a panel of early-career faculty focused on strategies for building your research career.

Engaging and Mentoring Students in High-Impact Practices

January 28, 2021

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. Workshop led by Bill Watts, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Advising and Career Development.

Diversity and Inclusion: from Strategies to Practice

February 18, 2021

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.

Preparing for Promotion and/or Tenure

March 4, 2021

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 the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources 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, and Rich Bischoff, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Academic Leader Success.

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

April 22, 2021

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.