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Center for Faculty Development

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. All sessions are offered in a hybrid format—new faculty can attend in person in the CFD (International Center 319) or via Zoom.

2021 - 2022 Schedule

Inevitably, difficult and sometimes uncomfortable situations will arise during the course of interactions with students or others on campus. Vice Provost Amy Chasteen and Center for Faculty Development Director, Kelly Lester 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.

This workshop focuses on how to keep students motivated and engaged throughout the semester. How can you reinvigorate your students at the mid-semester point? 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.

This panel 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. 


Faculty First Friday | April 1 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | TBD

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.

Friday, April 8, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Hybrid - International Center 319  |  Zoom

In-person attendance is recommended for this session. Please use the link below to register for the session. Email any questions to CFDFREEMississippi.

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