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Faculty Development

The University encourages, supports and promotes the personal and professional growth and development of individual faculty members. Several important resources are available to assist you along the way.

To help you in the advancement of your academic career:

Academic Leadership and Development Committee- workshops
Mentoring Forum - coordinating departmental programs
Career Development and Tenure Strategy Networks - advice outside your department
Center for Excellence in Research - workshops & training in grantsmanship
Center for Excellence in Teaching - workshops on becoming a better teacher
Center for Scholarly Technology - training in Blackboard & other technologies

To assist you in your personal life:

Center for Work and Family Life


At the highest level the University recognizes faculty achievement with the following awards:


Personal and academic success are often achieved through the guidance of others. Mentoring exists at all levels of the University, in formal relationships and more casual ones. The University recognizes the importance of mentoring with the following awards:

USC-Mellon Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

Awards to individuals are given annually for (1) Faculty who have mentored other faculty, (2) Faculty who have mentored graduate students and students in professional programs, and (3) Faculty who have mentored undergraduate students. In addition, a "Culture of Mentoring" award is given annually to an academic unit or program that has provided exemplary mentoring to its faculty.

Provost's Mentoring Award

A faculty member is recognized annually at the Academic Honors Convocation for sustained efforts in mentoring colleagues and students.

For Mentors