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About the Program

New Faculty Tour participants 2022

About 30 new University of Georgia faculty members will have a whirlwind tour of the state Aug. 7-11, visiting 13 cities and passing through 40 counties across Georgia as part of the 2023 New Faculty Tour (NFT).

Major 2023 NFT highlights will include stops at the agricultural research facilities on the UGA Tifton Campus, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant on Skidaway Island, and the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah.

“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 J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 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.

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- and sea-grant mission and will identify research and instructional opportunities related to Georgia.


Participants are new faculty nominated by a dean or unit director who are within their first two years of employment at UGA. The tour is targeted to faculty who intend to pursue research opportunities related to Georgia.

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