First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminars of Exceptional Quality

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (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 by December 1. 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