Faculty Focus

Faculty Development

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The Office of Faculty Success

At USF, we recognize that faculty success depends on our ability to provide strong mentorship for junior, mid-career and senior faculty. The challenges that women and faculty of color are often distinct and, in some cases, require more specialized resources. Based on the recommendation of the Faculty Success Strategic Initiative Work Group, organized by Dr. Pritish Mukherjee and Dr. Dwayne Smith, the Provost’s Office is developing an Office of Faculty Success. Of the Office’s priorities includes the goal of providing resources, training, and mentorship intended to support our goals of fostering an anti-racist and inclusive campus community. As this office develops under the guidance of Dr. Mukherjee, additional details will be provided.

National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development

On August 3, 2020, USF became an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) that organization, and as of October 3, 2020, over 770 individual memberships have been activated by USF faculty and students. This organization is geared to promoting the success of under-represented groups, including women and faculty of color in the academy.

The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of faculty, postdocs and graduate students from over 450 colleges and universities. In addition to the resources available as an institutional member, the center also offers professional development training and intensive mentoring programs. Some programs are at cost to the individual, but there are many resources offered for free as a benefit of institutional membership.

Membership is FREE for all USF affiliates, so join today!

Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty

The University of South Florida announced it is one of 20 universities joining a nationwide, three-year institutional change initiative to develop more inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring, retention and teaching practices. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) co-leads the effort, known as Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty. Our participation in this program, led by Dr. Jim Garey, guides USF to develop initiatives that lead to equity for underrepresented groups and institutional transformation for STEM faculty and non-STEM faculty. 

Upcoming events include:

  • New Post-Faculty Orientation check-in and future workshops related to:
    • Developing Departmental Relationships
    • Time Management
    • Developing and Funding Research
    • Professional Development Resources
    • Publishing and Writing Tips

Dr. Ruthmae Sears was selected as an iASPIRE Leadership Fellow to develop and train the next generation of underrepresented leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics  fields in higher education.

Please email Madeleine Hershberger for more information.

Florida Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

The University of South Florida, under the leadership of Dr. Sylvia Thomas and Dr. Brenda Walker, is one of several university partners of the Florida Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Through this program, a one-week long bootcamp and intense mentorship and training is provided by senior scholars to support the success of women of color in the professoriate. Please view the flyer and contact the coordinator for more information.