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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 (held in April) 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.



New Faculty Institute Networking Luncheon

January 19, 2018
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22)
Members of the 2017 New Faculty Cohort will be sent an event link to RSVP.


Strategy & Methodology

January 25 & 26, 2018
Main Campus, Downtown Campus
1/25/18, 10:30am (Main) - register
1/26/18, 2pm (DT) - register

Et cetera - The Forgotten Proposal Sections

February 12 & 13, 2018
Main Campus, Downtown Campus
2/12/18, 10:30am (Main) - register
2/13/18, 10:30am (DT) - register

Broader Impacts & Project Evaluation

April 12 & 13, 2018
Main Campus, Downtown Campus
4/12/18, 2pm (DT) - register
4/13/18, 2pm (Main) - register


Say What? Desinging Effective Discussions

January 17 & 18, 2018
Main Campus, Downtown Campus and Virtual
1/17/18, 12pm (Virtual) - register
1/18/18, 11:30am (Main) - register
1/18/18, 3pm (DT) - register

Healthy Minds: A workshop on student mental health

January 23, 2018
Main Campus
1/23/18, 11:30am (Main) - register

Know It All: Designing Effective Assessments

January 31 & February 1, 2018
Main Campus, Downtown Campus and Virtual
1/31/18, 12pm (Virtual) - register
2/1/18, 11:30am (Main) - register
2/1/18, 3pm (DT) - register

Beat the Cheat: Academic Integrity

February 9, 2018
Main Campus
2/9/18, 12pm (Main) - register

Get It Together: Designing Effective Group Assignments

February 21 & 22, 2018
Main Campus, Downtown Campus and Virtual
2/21/18, 12pm (Virtual) - register
2/22/18, 11:30am (Main) - register
2/22/18, 3pm (DT) - register

Cooperative Learning: Enhances, Engage, Excite

March 9, 2018
Main Campus
3/9/18, 8:30am (Main) - register

Teaching UTSA's Diverse Students

March 23, 2018
Main Campus
3/23/18, 9am (Main) - register

Capture Your Lectures! An Introduction to Adobe Captivate

March 23, 2018
Main Campus
3/23/18, 12pm (Main) - register