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New Faculty Orientation

Register for New Faculty Orientation


Welcome to the University of South Carolina! We are excited to have you join our community. The Office of the Provost is pleased to sponsor two essential events designed to facilitate a smooth transition to USC for all new faculty members. 

Why Attend? 

  • Get Acquainted: Meet fellow new faculty members and university leaders. 
  • Learn About Resources: Gain insights into the resources available to support your teaching, research, and professional development. 
  • Network: Establish connections that will support your career at the University of South Carolina. 

Benefits Day

Date:      Monday, August 19, 2024
Time:     Morning:      9:00 am - 12:00 pm     
                 Afternoon:   1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
                 Choose one session. Please note both sessions cover the same information,
                 providing you the flexibility to select the session you wish to attend. 

University Conference Center
1705 College Street
Close-Hipp Building, Suite 800
Columbia, SC 29208

Human Resources will make a one-hour presentation (9:00 am – 10:00 am or 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm) covering all the benefits available to you as a new faculty member. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about healthcare options, retirement plans, and other essential benefits to make the most of your employment package. 

Following the morning presentation (9:00 am – 10:00 am) and afternoon presentation (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm), new faculty members will have a few hours to engage in brief discussions with benefits counselors or arrange for more detailed meetings at a later date.

Orientation Day

Date:      Friday, September 6, 2024
Time:     8:30 am - 2:15 pm   

University Conference Center
1705 College Street
Close-Hipp Building, Suite 800
Columbia, SC 29208

This comprehensive orientation is designed to provide just-in-time information tailored for busy new faculty members. The agenda includes: 

  • Networking Breakfast: Meet and greet with academic deans and administrators. 
  • Engaging Presentations: Focused sessions to help you acclimate to university life. 
  • Resource Tables: Access to vital resources and support services to aid in your transition. 

How to Prepare for Both Orientation Days

  • RSVP: Please confirm your attendance. Register for New Faculty Orientation.
  • Bring Questions: Come prepared with any questions you might have about teaching, research, university policies, or any other topics.  
  • Be Ready to Engage: Take advantage of the networking opportunities and interactive sessions. 


If you are a new faculty member, then go to USC’s New Employee Guide (developed by the Division of Human Resources) and: 

  • Complete the required tasks in Step 1 (Before You Arrive) and  
  • Review Step 2 (Your First Day).  

Following these steps will complete your hire, ensure you get paid on time, and maximize your benefits.  The New Employee Guide also provides a variety of online tools and resources, including a checklist and several orientation classes. 

Once again, we welcome you to the University of South Carolina! We are thrilled to have you on board and look forward to a productive and engaging orientation experience. 

For more information, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at  

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