New Faculty Scholar Program

NFS Program Goals

  • To support South’s newest faculty by providing support for scholarly achievement, innovative teaching, and outstanding public engagement and service.
  • To create a collegial, interdisciplinary network for social support and future teaching, research, outreach, administrative, and service collaborations.


Full-time faculty (tenure-track at any rank, or non-tenure track) who began their employment with South in 2016 or 2017 are invited to apply for the NFS program. Faculty accepted into the program will secure department chair approval and commit to 3-4 hours per month participating in activities and network opportunities designed to maximize new faculty success. Participation will be limited.

More information about NFS program 

List of Selected NFS for 2017-2018



James Rich

Donna Copeland

Mary Kroetz

Edward Duranty

Arka Pandit

Shenghua Wu

Melissa Walter

Shenghua Zha

Anthony Bessios

Geoffrey Hudson

Benterah C. Morton

Christopher Parrish

Christina Wassenaar

John Lehrter

Charlene A. Dadzie

Steven Clontz

Gayan Abeynanda

Kevin Tsai

Tara Thompson

Robin Deacy

Blair Saale

Sharon Pelekanos

Krista Mehari

Shoon Lio

Erin Nelson

Kendrea Garand

Deborah Gurt


Adult Health Nursing



Civil, Coastal and Environmental Engineering

Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering


Counseling and Instructional Sciences

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Health, Kinesiology, & Sport

Leadership and Teacher Education

Leadership and Teacher Education


Marine Sciences

Marketing and Quantitative Methods

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

Modern & Classical Languages & Literature

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physician Assistant Studies


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Speech Pathology and Audiology

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