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Bold Beginnings at Roadrunner Nation

August 1-10, 2022

We want to ensure that you, our new faculty, have all the tools and resources necessary to aid in their transition to UTSA and are excited to announce our program, Bold Beginnings at Roadrunner Nation, which will be a seven-day program, part of our New Faculty Academy. We have collaborated with our colleagues in the Division of Academic Innovation and Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise, to create a robust program that provides innovative teaching techniques, information on Research programs, support and insights in creating partnerships. The program is framed around BOLD: Belonging, Organization, Learners, and DE&I. BOLD Learning Objectives are:

  • BELONGING: Connect with UTSA mission and vision
  • ORGANIZATION: Relate to student success in a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
  • LEARNERS: Visit UTSA and connect with UTSA divisions for faculty support
  • DE&I: Embrace Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) as a UTSA core value
Our goal is to introduce you to UTSA leadership and community culture while providing important resources to help you hit the ground running.

What to Expect from Bold Beginnings at Roadrunner Nation

Over the course of seven days, you as a new faculty will begin your journey at UTSA by learning about our diverse student body, our innovative vision of teaching, research and learning, and the many tools and resources available to faculty. You will attend presentations by UTSA leadership, the Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE) and office of Academic Innovation. In addition, you will see presentations by some of UTSA’s most innovative faculty, participate in discussions about current trends in teaching, learning and research, and take part in hands-on sessions that will help faculty build a toolkit of best practices for teaching, learning and research at UTSA.

There will not be any scheduled sessions of Bold Beginnings at Roadrunner Nation on Friday August 5, 2022 to allow you as a new faculty member to become familiar with the UTSA campus and surrounding community of San Antonio. However, if joining UTSA as a new department chair we will be offering New Department Chair Orientation on Friday August 5, 2022 from 9:00am-2:00pm; calendar invite will be sent to the new department chairs.


Bold Beginnings at Roadrunner Nation is required of all new faculty hired without tenure and open to all other full-time faculty who are new to UTSA (including tenured and fixed-term-track positions). Questions? Contact Director of Faculty Training and Development Judy Verdon at 210-458-2994.