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Faculty Resources for the First Year Seminar

Research shows that students who have intellectual and meaningful contact with faculty members in their first year of college learn more, are more satisfied with their college experience, and are more likely to graduate from college (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005; Kuh, Kinzie, Schuh, Whitt & Associates, 2005). Not only will students benefit from your involvement with them in a first-year seminar, but you will also have the opportunity to shape new students for your discipline, possibly recruit new students to your discipline, and teach a small class on a research interest or contemporary topic about which you are passionate.

University College can assist you as you prepare for and teach your First-Year Seminar. These online resources provide foundational information about the First-Year Seminar; pedagogy best practices; content for the academic and self-management skills that you and your Peer Academic Leader may adapt for use in class; and information about workshops that will help you propose, develop, and teach a FYS.

We invite you explore the resources that we have provided for you here, but we also encourage you to contact us any time with questions or for more information.

Dr. Amy Tigner, Assistant Professor of English and University College Faculty Fellow.

Dr. Dawn Remmers, Executive Director of University College.