New Faculty Tour

About 40 new University of Georgia faculty members will get a whirlwind tour of the state Aug. 7-11, visiting 14 cities and passing through 43 counties across Georgia as part of the 2017 New Faculty Tour (NFT).

On Monday, Aug. 7, the group will meet at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel for orientation and will then travel to Gainesville for its first stop at Jaemor Farms to learn about agribusiness in north Georgia and the growing agritourism industry across the state.

Major 2017 NFT highlights will include stops at the Georgia State Capitol and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia’s Movie Industry in Senoia, the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center on the UGA Griffin Campus, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, agricultural research facilities on the UGA Tifton Campus, UGA Marine Extension and Sea Grant at Skidaway Island, the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History, the Ports Authority in Savannah, and Wolf Mountain Vineyards in Dahlonega.

“Each year we host the New Faculty Tour, we help expand the capacity for our faculty to reach out and engage with the state through their research and service,” said Jennifer Frum, UGA vice president for public service and outreach. “When they get back to campus, they are able to build on their experiences and put their expertise to use helping Georgia communities grow and prosper.”

The New Faculty Tour is coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and is made possible by major support from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. Additional sponsors include the UGA Alumni Association, UGA Foundation, and a multitude of other units and supporters of the University of Georgia.

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Purpose and Goal

The tour’s goal is to provide new faculty members a formal and comprehensive introduction to the State of Georgia’s geography, demographics, diversity, economy, history and culture. The NFT also allows new faculty to network and develop professional relationships with peers across campus. New faculty will become familiar with UGA’s land-grant mission and will identify research and instructional opportunities related to Georgia.

Schedule, August 7-11, 2017

The 2017 NFT will begin on Monday, August 7, 2017 (approximately 8 a.m.) and conclude on Friday, August 11, 2017 (approximately 6 p.m.).

Monday, Aug. 7

  • Georgia Center for Continuing Education Hotel and Conference Center, Athens
  • Jaemor Farms, Alto
  • Wolf Mountain Vineyards, Dahlonega
  • Amicalola Falls, Dawsonville

Tuesday, Aug. 8

  • Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta
  • Alumni Reception, Atlanta

Wednesday, Aug. 9

  • Overview of Film Industry in Georgia, Senoia
  • University of Georgia Griffin Campus, Griffin
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center, Forsyth
  • Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins

Thursday, Aug. 10

  • University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Tifton
  • Okefenokee Swamp, Waycross
  • Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah
  • Skidaway Island, UGA Marine Extension Service, Savannah

Friday, Aug. 11

  • The Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History, Savannah
  • Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Terminal
  • Washington County Archway Partnership and Kaolin Industry, Sandersville