Texas A&M University-Kingsville

New Faculty Investment Program

The New Faculty Investment Program (NFIP) was implemented in Fall 2008 as an initiative to support new tenure-track faculty in developing their teaching, research, and grant-writing agendas. Faculty in the program receive a one-course release each semester for two years, during which they attend seminars and workshops, develop grant proposals and manuscripts for publication, and establish themselves as contributing members of the TAMUK community, and the community at large. To facilitate their success, new faculty members are mentored by more experienced faculty.

Fall 2013.  The sessions are scheduled weekly throughout the fall semester from noon to 2 pm.  At each session lunch will be provided, and activities will begin promptly at noon.  If you have another professional engagement that prevents you from attending a session, it is expected that you will let the director know. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will be in the Blue Room in Sam Fore Hall.




Aug. 30

Welcome: Ice breakers and semester overview

Brenda Melendy
Jaya Goswami

Sept. 6

Resources for Students: Disability Resource Center, Learning Assistance Center

Barbara Collins, Sonya Acuña

Sept. 13

Resources for Students and Faculty: Blackboard@TAMUK and  Best Practices in Distance Learning

Michelle Duran
Rollie Garza
Marybeth Green

Sept. 20

Focus on teaching: Best Practices in the Classroom

Jeff Glick

Sept. 27

Resources for Students and Faculty: Service Learning

Jacki Thomas & Duane Gardiner

Oct. 4

Focus on the students: Academic Dishonesty

Toni Alvarez

Oct. 11

Resources for Faculty:  Transculturation and International Study

Larry Knight,  Marilu Salazar and
Nirmal Goswami

Oct. 18

Focus on Faculty: Managing Research and Publication

Lori Kupczynski

Oct. 25

Focus on Faculty:  Building the Promotion and Tenure Portfolio

Assistant/Associate Deans

Nov. 1

Focus on Faculty: Peer Support—meet with 2nd years
** Lunch at the Javelina Dining Hall**

 2nd year NFIP faculty

Nov. 8

Open Focus: New Faculty determine the topic


Nov. 15

Resources for Faculty: Office of Sponsored Research and Writing a winning grant.

Rebecca Davis, Roberto Torres

Nov. 22

Focus on Faculty: Opportunities for Faculty (lecture series, awards, developmental leave, travel and research awards)
Semester Evaluations/choose tracks for next semester, set up triads

Brenda Melendy
Jaya Goswami

This page was last updated on: August 22, 2013