First Year Foundations

As the 2017-18 academic year gets underway the First-Year Foundations Program (FYF) will expand the training and conversations that began at the New Faculty Orientation. New faculty members have a series of four events over the course of the year. Each meeting is designed to provide a specific benefit to new faculty members with regard to research, teaching, and overall success as a new member of our Southern Miss community. This year, the FYF program is coordinated by Dr. Alan Thompson (; feel free to contact him with any questions you may have.

The workshops for the FYF program will occur on the following timeline:


Mid September

1. Difficult Conversations: What to do when issues arise with students or colleagues

Inevitably, difficult and sometimes uncomfortable situations will arise during the course of interactions with students or others on campus. In this workshop with Vice Provost Amy Miller or Casey Maugh-Funderburk, information will be provided regarding how to approach and resolve such unanticipated occurrences that can range from academic integrity violations or disruptions in the classroom to awkward personal disclosures or professional disagreements. Valuable on-campus resources and strategies for successful resolution will be identified and discussed.

During registration, you will select ONE of these options:

  • IC 319 (HBG): Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 8:30 - 9:30 am
  • IC 319 (HBG): Friday, September 15, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • IC 319 (HBG): Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Registration closed for this event. 


November 29, 2017  5:00 - 6:30 pm  

2. Turning the Mid-Year Corner: Taking a Break and Taking Stock

This casual event will provide an opportunity to reunite with colleagues from New Faculty Orientation in a relaxed setting at the mid-point of the academic year.  Join us for a chance to talk with others about your first year experience thus far. 

Registration closed for this event. 


Tuesday, March 27, 2018  |  3:30 - 5:00 pm |  Cook Library Art Gallery

3. Making the Most out of Professional Mentoring Relationships and Opportunities

This workshop is intended to convey the benefit of establishing relationships with professional colleagues to serve as mentors capable of providing valuable guidance on matters such as career progression, pedagogical development, establishing a research agenda, balancing competing demands, and other unique aspects of life as a productive faculty member.



April 16, 2018  |  3:30 - 5:00 pm  |  Location TBA

4. Continued Success at Southern Miss and Beyond: A casual end-of-year conversation with Provosts Moser and Miller

This gathering will provide an opportunity to reflect upon the academic year and share directly with the provosts your experience, ask any lingering questions, and convey your professional aspirations for success at USM and beyond.