New Faculty Academy

2024 New Faculty Fellows - Group Photo.

2024 New Faculty Fellows - May 2024, Capen Hall 

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 6th iteration 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 2024 New Faculty Fellows and a showcase of their innovative projects in the areas of teaching, scholarship and writing.

Recognition of 2024 New Faculty Fellows

Event Participants and Instructors: Jacqueline Conroy - CATT (2nd row, far left),  Natalia Estrada - UBL (2nd row, 2nd right), Roberta Schlehr - CATT (2nd row, far right), Maggie Grady - CATT (3rd row, far right), Jonathan Grunert (third row, 2nd right)

Meet the 2024 New Faculty Fellows

Isabel Anadon, Sociology, CAS

Final Project Title: Not all policies are the same: Examining differences in sanctuary laws and policies across the United States     

John H. Giammatteo, School of Law

Final Project Title: Prosecuting Discretion in Immigration Court                                                                                                        

Opinder Kaur, Economics, CAS

Final Project Title: Transforming Learning Experiences: Implementing Interactive Pedagogies in ECO 380


Kelin Luo, Computer Science and Engineering, SEAS

Final Project Title: Course scheduling and evaluation in large classes                                                                             

William Sack, Media Study, CAS

Final Project Title: Everyone should learn to code! ... or should they?

Maura Sepesy,  Chemical and Biological Engineering, SEAS

Final Project Title: Making Learning Fun: A Student-Centered Learning Approach

D. Michael Applegarth, School of Social Work

Final Project Title: Parole Supervision, Specialty Caseloads, and Mandated Treatment for Individuals with Mental Illness

Jessica Hollister, University Libraries

Final Project Title: Transitioning to a tenure-track faculty librarian: the experience and the research opportunity

Celine Krzan, Operations Management and Strategy, SOM

Final Project Title: Engaging Minds, Building Skills: Adopting Active Learning Strategies in MGO 199                                                                                           

Christine Marie, Media Study, CAS

Final Project Title: Exploring Depth Through Light: Stereoscopic Shadowgrams in Contemporary Art and Research                                                                                                     

Prashant Sankaran, Industrial and Systems Engineering, SEAS

Final Project Title: A Course Developer’s Journey from Planning to Execution

Paris Wicker, Educational Leadership and Policy, GSE

Final Project Title: Black student well-being across the diaspora and culturally responsive teaching (CRT): Pedagogical lessons from Brazil and the United States


Eloise Bihar, Materials Design and Innovation, SEAS

Final Project Title: Welcome to the inception of MDI 440 - Design and Function of Soft Materials                                                                               

Swathi Karamcheti, Environment & Sustainability, CAS

Final Project Title: Integrating AI into curriculum and teaching                                                 

Cheryl Lucas, Rehabilitation Science, SPHHP

Final Project Title: A Project- Based, High- Impact Assignment for Graduate Occupational Therapy Students Participating in a Global Health Leadership Course

Alfredo Oliveros A., Biological Sciences, CAS

Final Project Title: Evaluation of Emotive Dysfunctions Exerted by Cisplatin in Chemotherapy-induced Cognitive Impairments                      

Shannon Seneca, Indigenous Studies, CAS

Final Project Title: Fishing for Answers: Assessing Exposure to Indigenous Communities from Emerging and Legacy Contaminants in the Lower Great Lakes Watershed”