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First Year Foundations

The First-Year Foundations Program (FYF) expands the training and conversations that start at New Faculty Orientation. This series aims to support new faculty in their teaching, research, and overall success as a new member of our Southern Miss community. New faculty should plan to attend these required events. 

2018-19 Schedule

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. Vice Provost Amy Miller on the Hattiesburg campus and Vice Provost Ken Zantow on the Gulf Park campus will provide information on how to approach and resolve such unanticipated occurrences ranging from academic integrity violations or disruptions in the classroom to awkward personal disclosures or professional disagreements. The discussion will include valuable on-campus resources and strategies for successful resolution. 

Register for one of these options: 

  • Gulf Park (Hardy Hall 316): Monday, September 17 from 1:15 - 2:30 pm
  • Hattiesburg (IC 319): Monday, September 17 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Hattiesburg (IC 319): Wednesday, September 19 from 8:00 - 9:30 am
  • Hattiesburg (IC 319): Thursday, September 20 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Hattiesburg (IC 319): Friday, September 21 from 10:00 - 11:30 am

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Motivating Students

This workshop focuses on how to keep students motivated and engaged throughout the semester. How can you reinvigorate your students mid-semester? How can you keep students on a path of success in your course? The panelists will discuss effective ways to keep your classroom invigorated throughout the semester. 

Hattiesburg Panelists: Dr. Max Grivno, Dr. Joyce Inman, and Dr. Luke Keefer

Gulf Park Panelists: Dr. Mary Funk, Linda Hanson, and Kelly Lester

Register for one of these options: 

  • Hattiesburg (IC 319): Tuesday October 23 from 1:15-2:30 pm
  • Gulf Park (Academic Success Center): Wednesday October 24 from 1:15-2:30 pm

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Preparing for Promotion and Tenure

This panel moderated by Executive Associate Dean Eric Tribunella will discuss first steps in creating pre-tenure, promotion, and tenure dossiers, as well as what to expect at each stage. Panelists from a wide range of disciplines will showcase dossiers, and answer questions about how to prepare for USM’s promotion and tenure processes. 

Moderated by Dr. Eric Tribunella
Panelists: Jayme Foster (Marketing), Jennifer Regan (Biological Sciences), Beth Tinnon (Nursing), Bernd Schroeder (Mathematics), Julie White (Dance), and Matt Casey (History) 

Hattiesburg (IC 319): Monday, February 11 from 3:00-4:15 pm

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Making the Most Out of Mentorship

This panel discussion is two-fold: 1) How do we mentor students? 2) How do we establish mentor relationships with professional colleagues? The panel will discuss how mentorship is different from advisement, best practices, and lessons learned from mentorship experiences with undergraduate students, graduate students, and colleagues.

Dr. Sarah Morgan, Associate Director and Professor of the School of Polymer Science and Engineering
Panelists: Julie Pigza (Chemistry), Monika Gehlawat (English), David Cochran

Hattiesburg (IC 319): Tuesday, March 26 from 3:00-4:15 pm

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Continued Success at Southern Miss and Beyond: A casual end-of-year conversation with Provost Moser and Vice Provost Miller 

This gathering provides 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.

Hattiesburg (IC 319): Friday, April 12 from 3:30-4:30 pm



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