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 November 15. The First-Year Seminar team will be in contact by November 20.
All First-Year Seminar courses must also be approved at the department level.