New Faculty Academy

2023 New Faculty Fellows - Group Photo.

2023 New Faculty Fellows - May 2023, Capen Hall Terrace

In collaboration with the University Libraries and the Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation (CATT), the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs designed a focused, two-track curriculum for a select cohort of 15-25 recently-hired faculty to enter into a New Faculty Academy for Teaching and Scholarly Writing.

New Faculty Academy 2023-24

The 2023-24 New Faculty Academy (NFA) starts with a kick-off meeting for both fall and spring semester tracks on September 15, at which the framework, expectations, and outcomes for the NFA will be discussed. All newly hired faculty in junior ranks, both on tenure-track as well as non-tenure track, have been invited to attend. Registration is required to join the event and receive further information about the respective tracks.

Fall 2023 - Teaching and Learning Curriculum

In collaboration with the Office of Faculty Affairs, the fall track of the New Faculty Academy will be presented by the Teaching Transformation Team, a division of the Office of Curriculum, Assessment, and Teaching Transformation (UB CATT) housed within Academic Affairs.

Spring 2024 - Scholarship, Writing & Publishing Curriculum

Scholarship, Writing and Publishing is a one-semester series dedicated to helping new faculty at the University at Buffalo navigate aspects of research and writing, which are central components of scholarly success. In the series, we will review processes of publishing and impact as they relate to an author’s own research and contributions to scholarly conversations in advancing their disciplinary fields. Additionally, we will discuss grant-writing processes and special concerns related to writing grant proposals and complying with grant requirements. Finally, we will identify campus support, including IRB and data management support.

This spring semester series will again be led by librarians Jonathan Grunert and Natalia Estrada, members of the University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Team, who have experience in research collaborations and processes, interdisciplinary practices, and helping faculty at all stages of the research process.

Annual Showcase & Celebration Event

To mark the successful conclusion of the New Faculty Academy’s fifth iteration in 2023 and share how the participating faculty applied the academy content to their specific scholarly writing or teaching endeavors, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in partnership with the University Libraries and the Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation (CATT) invited faculty and staff to a celebration of the freshly minted New Faculty Fellows and a showcase of their innovative projects in the areas of teaching, scholarship and writing.

Recognition of 2023 New Faculty Fellows

Event Participants and Instructors: Kevin Hittle (front row, far left), Jeremy Jungbluth (back row, third left), and Maggie Grady (front row, second left) from CATT and librarians  Jonathan Grunert (back row, far right) and Natalia Estrada (front row, far right) -  Friday, May 10, 2023, 567 Capen Hall

Meet the 2023 New Faculty Fellows

Amanda Adams, School of Nursing

Final Project Title: Adapting the KWLA teaching tool in the newly implemented concept-based curriculum at the School of Nursing


Jorge Luis Fabre-Zamora, School of Law

Final Project Title: Law as Normative Political Communities: Foundations for a Theory of State and Non-State Legal Phenomena

Loren Pilcher, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, CAS

Final Project Title: How NFA Helped Me to Think About & Plan My First Book Project

Lourdes Vera, Sociology, and Environment & Sustainability, CAS

Final Project Title: Developing a Public-Facing Lab Infrastructure for Interdisciplinary Research

Robert Caldwell, Indigenous Studies, CAS

Final Project Title: The Iconic American Indian Tipi in Spain’s Second Age of Discovery


Mary Kamela, University Libraries

Final Project Title: Building Campus Partnerships Through Literacy: Great Stories Club Grant


Diana Ramirez-Rios, Industrial & Systems Engineering, SEAS

Final Project Title: Funding Grant Opportunity on Critical Supply Chain Delivery Operations for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Sabrina Casucco, Industrial & Systems Engineering, SEAS

Final Project Title: Modeling the impact of health disparities and caregiver support on the time to transition away from the community for patients living with dementia

Kate Nelischer, Urban and Regional Planning, SAP

Final Project Title: The Impacts of Sidewalk Toronto's Public-Private Partnership on Participatory Planning

Jocelyn Swick-Jemison, University Libraries

Final Project Title: Autoethnography: ADHD and the early career teaching librarian