New Employee Onboarding

Your First Year


Your First Year is a time to settle in, find meaning and make important contributions.

Your First Month

  • While you progress in your new role, it may help to review USF's vision, mission and values.  If you're unsure, ask your supervisor how your department and your role fits in to USF's strategic plan.  Review USF's mission and vision here.
  • Be sure to meet your deadlines for enrolling in benefits.
  • Sign up, as needed, for professional development training.  If unsure of what you need, Discuss performance and professional development goals.
  • Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with your supervisor to discuss job duties and expectations.  Request on-going and meaningful feedback.
  • Continue to introduce yourself to new people.  Try to reach outside of your department to form partnerships in other areas.
  • You may want to attend some of our varied campus events.  Tampa Campus Event Calendar | St. Pete Public Events Calendar | Sarasota Campus Event Calendar

Your First Three Months

  • As you acclimate to USF's environment, you should become knowledgeable about your role and responsibilities, perform more independently and produce meaningful contributions.
  • Consider "Shadowing" an employee or your supervisor for exposure to the department and organization.
  • Plan a lunch or coffee with another employee.  
  • Ask your supervisor if you should complete additional training or professional development.

Your First Six Months

  • By the end of your first six months, you should a thorough understanding of your position, department and expectations in relation to the organization.  If you a staff employee, your probationary period ends at six months, so expect feedback on what you have done well and what you could have done differently in your first six months. If you are an administrative employee, ask the same feedback of your supervisor.
  • Review progress on job duties, expectations, performance goals and professional development goals.
  • Consider joining the Staff, Faculty Senate, Administrative Advisory Council (AAC) or the USF Club.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is the primary faculty advisory body to the University of South Florida Tampa President, Provost, and Vice President for Health on all matters that pertain to the academic climate of the university. The Senate has the responsibility to review and make recommendations to them considering decisions on all matters pertaining to the welfare of the University. The Senate will have a significant role in the appointment of academic administrators, as well as the periodic performance reviews of such administrators. The Senate will also be responsible for appointing and electing members of the USF Faculty Council.  

Faculty Senate


Staff (USPS) Senate

The Staff (USPS) Senate was formed in the 1970's as a way to enhance communication between USF Staff and the University President. They serve as an advisory body to the President and other university officers on issues pertaining to USF Staff and the working environment at USF. The group represents all departments on all campuses. 

Staff (USPS) Senate


Administrative Advisory Council (AAC)

The Administrative & Professional Council seeks to consider and make recommendations to the appropriate authorities on matters of interest to the University community. USF has three governance organizations that advise the President on matters of interest. They are the AAC Council, Faculty Senate, and the Staff Senate. The AAC Council represents all administrative and professional employees. USF's A&P Council is made up of 46 members elected from a body of approximately 2500.

AAC Council


USF Club

The USF Club is a social group for faculty, staff and friends of the university and community. If you are interested in joining the Club, dues can be paid on-line by Visa, Master Card, e-check, or by payroll deduction for those who are currently employed at USF.

USF Club


From Six to Twelve Months

Your new role is not so new anymore!  You should be comfortable with your skills and knowledge in making  decisions and contributing to goals.  You should have a strong understanding of USF's mission, vision and values.  You should also have more insight to the USF culture.

  • Continue to seek regular feedback, no matter how informal.  You will receive formal feedback during an annual review.
  • Regularly discuss your USF experience with your manager.
    • Is everything what you expected? 
    • What's working well, what could be improved? 
    • Do you need extra support, training or resources?
    • Discuss your professional development goals and recognize appropriate learning opportunities.