To ensure the success of new faculty at UTPA, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has developed the New Faculty Support Program (NFSP) to help incoming faculty members adjust to their new environment, whether it is academia or getting to know the UTPA system and campus. As an integral component of the University’s strategic direction, the program will provide social and intellectual support, as well as resources needed to integrate new faculty into UTPA’s academic community. The NFSP empowers new faculty to meet the learning needs of UTPA students, as well as their research and service goals. The program offers a set of structured activities and experiences that will orient incoming faculty to the University and its culture. This includes a welcome reception, academic orientation, a series of training luncheons and workshops, and an end-of-the-year function.
A vital component of the NFSP is peer mentoring. New faculty are paired with respected and experienced UTPA faculty members, who will advise them on topics ranging from teaching and research to funding opportunities.
What are the benefits of this program?
New faculty will:
- Make a smooth and informed transition into campus life.
- Socialize and network with the new faculty cohort.
- Navigate UTPA’s system and review policies and operating procedures.
- Gain important information, resources and skills to thrive in the academic community.
- Understand the tenure process and prepare for their first-year tenure review.
- Develop a five-year professional growth plan.
- Improve their capacity to succeed in both the classroom and research.
- Receive one-on-one support from a peer mentor in their discipline.
- Get to know the provost, deans and other UTPA administrators.