First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar Symposium

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the Student Success Center (SSC) hosted the First Annual First-Year Seminar Symposium on Friday, December 7th, 1:00-3:00, in the Union Wisconsin Room. Thank you for stopping by, supporting our students, and enjoying their extraordinary work!

This event was free and open to the public. Refreshments were served.

This symposium is funded in part by the Lumina-NASH Foundation HIPs grant.

First-Year Seminars of Exceptional Quality

CETL is looking for UWM faculty and instructional academic staff to teach First-Year Seminar courses of exceptional quality in Fall 2019.

UWM has received a National Association of System Heads (NASH) Taking Student Success to Scale (T3) grant to study the impact of the First-Year Seminar program on student success. To make this study possible, all First-Year Seminar courses in Fall 2019 must share a common set of features. Therefore, faculty and instructional academic staff in the First-Year Seminar program must:

  • Teach discussion-oriented, seminar-style courses, rather than coverage-oriented, lecture-style courses
  • Collaborate with a peer mentor assigned by the Student Success Center
  • Require students to present a public demonstration of their learning in class or at the First-Year Seminar Symposium on December 6, 2019

In addition, faculty and instructional academic staff who teach First-Year Seminars in Fall 2019 are required to:

  • Participate in a professional development workshop from 9am-1pm on April 26, 2019
  • Set aside 30 minutes of class time twice during the semester for students to complete the FYS assessments and IRB form

In order to support First-Year Seminar instructors, CETL will facilitate bi-weekly Community of Practice (CoP) meetings in Fall 2019 and provide optional class observations and feedback.

If you are interested in teaching a First-Year Seminar course, please complete the following form. The First-Year Seminar team will be in contact by December 7.

All First-Year Seminar courses must also be approved at the department level.

Interest Form