New Faculty Development Program

New Faculty Development Program

The cupola on top of Love Library lit up red

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

July 1 — Nebraska’s New Faculty Development Program kicks off with a Canvas Course that introduces new faculty to the university in an asynchronous online manner throughout the summer.

August 17 — 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.

Following orientation, all faculty are invited to kick-off the fall semester with Faculty Club Night at The Mill Coffee and Bistro on Nebraska's Innovation Campus from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

A detailed invitation will be emailed with more information.

October 3 — An expanded information fair will be held at the Wick Alumni Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to connect new faculty with helpful university and local resources. Faculty are welcome to attend and network with their colleagues as their schedule allows. Lunch will be provided.

Additional onboarding resources are available at

The Mill Coffee and Bistro at NIC

New Faculty Development Workshops

The Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office offers a series of 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 (tenure-track faculty, research faculty, and faculty of practice) or four workshops (lecturers) over the course of your first three years on different topics and receive a certificate of completion.

New Faculty Development Workshops will be held virtually via Zoom. Detailed invitations for each workshop will be emailed before the event.

A group of faulty working together

Teaching at Nebraska

September 22, 2022

Student success in any course requires high levels of engagement. In this workshop, the Center for Transformative Teaching will explore what faculty can do to ensure students have opportunities to interact meaningfully with instructors, course materials, and with each other. They will also discuss how best to facilitate active learning and deep discussion while maintaining an inclusive classroom environment. The workshop will provide information about high impact practices like Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning, as well as resources available to help instructors gain professional development, such as the Reflective Practitioner Program. 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

October 20, 2022

This workshop focuses on practical advice and resources to help new faculty successfully launch their research career at the university. It focuses on the variety of supports provided by the Office of Research and Economic Development including: internal funding opportunities; capacity-building and faculty research development programs; support for proposal development, grants and contracts; research compliance; research communications; 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 ORED leaders.

Free Speech and Academic Freedom

November 10, 2022

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 Faculty Affairs Fellow, Ann Marie Pollard.

Diversity and Inclusion: From Strategies to Practice

January 19, 2023

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 ODI Leadership.

Engaging and Mentoring Students in High-Impact Practices

February 16, 2023

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, such as 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 Courtney Santos, Director, National and International Fellowships.

Preparing Now for Promotion and/or Tenure

March 23, 2023

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. 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 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: Keys to Success

April 20, 2023

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.