Online Handbook for New Faculty


Welcome to USC Upstate! To help you get off to a good start, we have created this online handbook to provide you with helpful information, resources and contacts.

New Faculty Mentoring Program

Your dean or department chair will be a critical source of important information and will serve as mentor to all new faculty members in your academic unit. But in addition to the dean or chair, we want every new faculty member to have a person that he or she can go to for answers, support or advice. Each department chair or dean has assigned a faculty member within the unit to serve as a mentor for each new faculty member. Please get to know your mentor and take advantage of his or her experience, wisdom and expertise. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice or help. The mentor-mentee relationship can be an important element in getting off to a successful start at USC Upstate. Resources for Faculty Mentoring are available for both mentors and mentees on our website.

Faculty Resources

The Faculty Resources page was created to provide faculty members with a quick way to find key information, forms, policies and more. 

The most current version Faculty Manual.

The Faculty Senate/Senators page provides information on faculty senate including links to information on faculty senators, senate bylaws, meeting dates and committees.

Teaching Resources

Center for Academic Innovation and Faculty Support

Celena Kusch, Executive Director

The Center for Academic Innovation and Faculty Support (CAIFS) offers a broad, holistic approach to faculty development that fosters and rewards academic innovation, in the classroom and beyond. The Center coordinates the university's initiatives in active learning, learning technologies, inclusive pedagogy, distance education and hybrid learning, and service learning and community engagement. 

It also provides a centralized hub for faculty development needs, from adjunct faculty members and new faculty to leaders in faculty governance and academic units. The Center hosts regular workshops on the latest innovations in teaching, learning, and faculty development, and it coordinates consultations for classroom observations, and course and curricular design improvement with a team of Learning Experience Designers.

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement

David Marlow, Director

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSCLE) is a forum that cultivates strong reciprocal relationships between USC Upstate faculty, students and community organizations. For faculty, the OSLCE builds individualized connections to viable community partners for service-learning course placements and offers learning opportunities in course development and implementation. For community partners, the OSCLE recruits and prepares students to participate in meaningful service-oriented activities. For students, the OSCLE provides information about service-learning courses and creates opportunities to engage the community through service-based organizations such as IMPACT and Alternative Break.

Distance Education

David McCurry, Director

USC Upstate offers a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels through distance education and hybrid courses. The Office of Distance Education at USC Upstate ensures that all online and hybrid programs meet the highest standards of quality and employ the most up-to-date pedagogical strategies and innovative technologies to engage the learner. The Office hosts regular online teaching certification courses and the hybrid course and program design institute, from basic to advanced users, and it offers the USC UpOnline Course Consultation, which uses the concierge model to assist faculty in building new online courses or redesigning existing ones. This office also responds to requests online exam proctoring and provides consultations on the use of ProctorU for online courses.

Scholarship Resources

TAPS (Teaching and Productive Scholarship) Grants

The purpose of the USC Upstate Teaching and Productive Scholarship (TAPS) Fund is to promote good scholarship including original research projects, programs that support curriculum development and travel for presentation of scholarship. Funded projects support faculty scholarship with the goal of formal presentation and/or publication, improve pedagogy and curriculum development to contribute to the USC Upstate mission and/or enable major service projects that require application of scholarly and/or professional knowledge.

Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS)

Sponsored Awards

Elaine Marshall, Director

The Office of Sponsored Awards identifies grant opportunities, assists with grant proposal preparation and submission and provides post-award training and assistance with grants management.

Research Support

Melissa Pilgrim, Director

The Office of Research Support is a division of the Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS). 

This provides, on a competitive basis, logistic and monetary support for the pursuit of undergraduate student projects performed under the guidance of USC Upstate faculty, staff and/or community professionals from throughout the Upstate region. The office also assists students in traveling to professional meetings to present their work/findings, assists faculty/staff who involve students in their research programs and assists in arranging internships and directed studies for students in order to better prepare them for their future professional careers.

Other Resources

The following links are used for advising and registration, obtaining needed student information, entering final grades and other functions.

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar is accessible updated annually. It includes the Final Exam Schedule as well as important due dates for advising, payment of tuition, withdrawal, and application to graduate.

Office of Disability Services

Disability Services supports the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces diversity through educational programming, services, resources and facilities that are usable by all members of the campus community.

Recommended accessibility statement for use in USC Upstate course syllabi:

USC Upstate supports the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces diversity through educational programming, services, resources and facilities that are usable by all members of the campus community. In keeping with University policy, any student with a disability who requests academic accommodations should contact Disability Services at 503-5199 to arrange an appointment with a Disability Services staff member. Students are encouraged to seek an appointment as early in the semester as possible, as accommodations are not provided retroactively.

Office of Counseling Services

Counseling Services at the University of South Carolina Upstate works to support personal, educational, and career goals through individual and couples counseling, distance counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, and psychiatric services. USC Upstate faculty members may complete the Mental Health First Aid course to gain the tools to identify when a student might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and how to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

Testing Center

Located in Media 218, the Testing Center can be used to administer make-up tests or to deliver standardized tests for assessment or placement.

Student Success Center

Susannah Waldrop, Director

The Student Success Center exists to help students to succeed in their studies, graduate from USC Upstate in a timely manner and begin a career or graduate study. Within the Center, four main areas are supported:

  • Academic Support
    The primary student retention unit on campus, responsible for most campus tutoring services, supplemental instruction and University 101 classes to provide students with the tools and resources needed to make a smooth transition into college. The EIP or Early Intervention Program allows faculty to report students who are not performing satisfactorily in their classes or who have excessive absences so that the Center may follow up with these students to provide the necessary support services.
  • Advising Services
    Provides outreach, assistance and academic advising services to all undeclared students, those on academic probation and those in danger of losing scholarship funding. In collaboration with student life and residential life, Advising Services also provides academic programming to residential students. For more information, call 864-503-5392.
  • Career Services
    Works closely with Academic Support to help students clarify their occupational goals and to sharpen their academic focus. In collaboration with faculty and area businesses, the Career Services aims to provide internship opportunities for students, as well as employment resources and prospects upon graduation.
  • Opportunity Network
    A program designed to assist students in achieving their goals as they confront the challenges of completing a college degree. It provides services to eligible students from the time they are accepted to the University through graduation.

USC Upstate: General Information

Other Offices

USC Upstate consists of three campuses:

Main Campus (Spartanburg) Maps
The Area