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New Faculty Academy

The purpose of the New Faculty Academy is to engage new faculty in meaningful professional development and networking activities during their first year at the University of North Florida. Through these activities, we hope to build a community of faculty who support and encourage each other in their professional growth. Participation in the New Faculty Academy will provide you with opportunities to attend workshops and events intended to strengthen your pedagogical knowledge and skills and advance your scholarly agenda. Further, the New Faculty Academy will provide documentation of your professional development efforts that can be used in annual evaluations and promotion dossiers.


Upon successful completion of the Academy requirements, participants will receive:

  • A New Faculty Academy certificate of completion
  • Recognition on the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) website


  • Notify the Faculty Fellow for New Faculty Academy of your intent to participate including your name and department via email by September 18, 2023
  • Attend six New Faculty Academy-designated sessions during the academic year. 
    • SEPTEMBER 26, 2:00 - 3:00pm Getting to Know the CBA

    • OCTOBER 17, 2:00 - 3:00pm Fostering Belonging in Learning Environments

    • NOVEMBER 14, 2:00 - 3:00pm Showing Caring and Respect to Students

    • JANUARY 23, 3:00 - 4:00pm Utilizing Internal Funding and Securing External Funding

    • FEBRUARY 21, 2:00 - 3:00pm The International Center and The UNF Culture

    • APRIL various dates Meeting with your Dean


All faculty who have joined UNF in the past two years, of any rank (adjuncts, non-tenure-track, visiting faculty, and tenure line faculty) are eligible.


Sam MathiesSamuel Mathies

Fellow | New Faculty Academy

Associate Instructor, School of Communication

New Faculty Academy Graduates

  • Gokan May, College of Computing, Engineering & Construction
  • Lisa Byrge, Department of Psychology
  • Brittany Nettles, School of Nursing
  • Jenna Bradley, Department of Mathematics & Statistics