Academic and outreach faculty members who have been at UGA fewer than two years are invited to kick off the fall semester with a five-day trip around Georgia learning about its history, culture, people and economic drivers.
The 2017 tour, Aug. 7-11, will visit 14 cities, passing through 43 counties. Highlights will include stops at the Georgia Capitol and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta; historic Senoia, where The Walking Dead is filmed; the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center on the UGA Griffin campus; the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth; Skidaway Island, historic Wormsloe, Gulfstream Aerospace and the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah; and Wolf Mountain Vineyards in Dahlonega.
The primary goal of the tour is to help new UGA faculty members better understand the geography, demographics and diversity of the state. However, the tour also allows faculty to network and develop professional relationships with peers across campus. New faculty will become familiar
with UGA’s land-grant mission and will be able to better identify research and instructional opportunities related to Georgia.
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, the UGA Foundation and a multitude of other units and supporters of UGA.
Participants must be nominated by department heads and deans by May 1. More information and nomination forms are available at http://outreach.uga.edu/programs/new-faculty-tour-nominations/.
Selected faculty members will hear back by the first of June and will be asked to provide personal and academic information for inclusion in a booklet that will be distributed to everyone on the tour. Those not selected will be placed on a standby list and called should anyone drop out.