New Faculty Institute

The USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) announces the New Faculty Institute, a faculty development program open to all faculty. The program is designed for junior faculty interested in aligning their work with the university’s new strategic plan, where teaching excellence is developed in all faculty.

The year-long New Faculty Institute is comprised of a series of eight monthly working lunches that include interactive workshops. Participants can select from either a Wednesday or Thursday lunch series.

Sign ups for the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 institute have closed.  Please check back in Summer 2019 to sign up for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 institute.

The New Faculty Institute will provide a forum for new faculty to connect with a cohort of colleagues to foster collaboration and community building within and across disciplines.

The workshops are designed to provide faculty:

  • Essential models for teaching and learning in higher education
  • Approaches to fostering an inclusive learning environment
  • Practical pedagogical techniques and strategies that strengthen learning
  • Evidence-based best practices for course design & classroom management
  • Opportunities for collaborative practice of effective teaching methods

A sampling of specific workshop topics include:

  • Designing effective courses, assignments, and assessments to meet learning objectives
  • Incorporating active learning in all courses
  • Maximizing student motivation
  • Best practices in use of educational technology
  • Efficient and effective grading practices

Anecdotes from faculty participants

“It has really helped me to increase my effectiveness as an educator in tangible ways. Like many of the attendees, I didn’t ‘major’ in adult pedagogy or teaching but rather in my area of expertise and felt initially lost when I entered the classroom a few years ago. However, the workshops and learning activities have made me feel more confident in my ability to organize and deliver the content in the classroom.”

“This was an extremely helpful institute, and it really helped me think about serving my students better and really defining objectives, assignments, and grading. It’s made designing my courses easier and helped me think about specific things to make things like grading easier.”

“It’s a great resource for anyone who is new to teaching, or just not sure if they’re on the right track. This helped me confirm a lot of things I was doing were on the right track, and helped me improve my materials a lot!”

“I would encourage any instructor to attend the CET institute. It was helpful to learn about best practices along with other faculty members from various departments. I would advise future participants to be prepared for active learning and review the modules before coming to the institute each week.”

“Have an open mind – some things we learn at the institute are completely different from what we have done in the past. To be better teachers, we must always be open to trying new things in the classroom.”