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UTSA New Faculty Institute

The UTSA New Faculty Institute introduces new faculty to the culture of research and instructional excellence at UTSA. Participants attend three workshops on teaching and three workshops on research and a closing lunch to celebrate their first year. Designed to help create a sense of community and camaraderie between new faculty from different disciplines, the Institute is required for all new assistant professors but is open to new associate and full professors as well as any early-career, full-time tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty members at UTSA.


The UTSA New Faculty Institute will:

  • Provide an introduction to UTSA's teaching and research culture
  • Identify people and services to support success
  • Enhance skills related to grant seeking and writing, as well as instruction and pedagogy
  • Share information about institutional resources and best practices
  • Promote collaboration and community in the first year


  • Identify funding opportunities and potential collaborators using various tools
  • Understand the priorities of funding agencies and cultivate relationships with program officers
  • Craft an “elevator pitch” and abstract to sell their concept to potential funders and collaborators
  • Apply effective project management strategies to the proposal development process
  • Write grant proposals that are responsive to the call and meet the expectations of reviewers
  • Develop outreach plans and communicate the broader impacts of their research
  • Create effective management and program evaluation plans for funded research projects
  • Understand the diverse UTSA student body including military, minority, and first-generation student populations
  • Apply different teaching strategies to improve student learning
  • Identify support methods to help students achieve academic success
  • Support inclusion and engagement in the classroom
  • Explore wide-ranging assessment strategies to improve learning outcomes
  • Develop cross-disciplinary dialogue around teaching and learning
  • Provide preparation for effective use of relevant educational technology


  • All newly hired assistant professors are required to participate.
  • Newly hired associate and full professors are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • New full-time non-tenure-track faculty members and early-career tenure-track faculty members are welcome to participate.


In order to complete the program, faculty must attend a total of six workshops and a closing luncheon. Participating faculty must attend one teaching and one research session as a cohort, and then choose two additional teaching and two additional research workshops from a slate of options (see below).

The closing luncheon will celebrate the completion of the Institute and the faculty members' first year at UTSA. The lunch will also provide an opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the program and their first year at UTSA.


The following workshops will be offered during your first year at UTSA to help you fulfill your NFI participation requirement. Learn when and where each session is offered and register for your preferred six sessions by visiting the Faculty Center online event calendar.


  • Foundations of Grant Seeking at UTSA (ALL COHORT)
  • Grant Writing and the Proposal Development Process
  • Project Summary, Goals, Objectives/Aims & Significance
  • Background, Preliminary Data/Prior Work & Budget
  • Strategy & Methodology
  • Et cetera - The Forgotten Proposal Sections
  • Broader Impacts & Project Evaluation


  • Roadrunner Roundup: Achieving Teaching Excellence at UTSA (ALL COHORT)
  • Making Bigger Better: Engaging Learners in Large Classes
  • Assigning Group Works that Works
  • Active Learning Strategies
  • They're Here! Teaching Generation Z
  • Creating the Transparent Classroom
  • Creating Lectures for Enhanced Learning
  • Say What? Desinging Effective Discussions
  • Know It All: Designing Effective Assessments
  • Get It Together: Designing Effective Group Assignments
  • Beat the Cheat: Academic Integrity