First-Year Seminar Instructor Resources
- Common Course Outcomes
- Center for Teaching and Learning & CourseDen
- Other Campus Partners & Resources
- Prospective Instructors
- Request for Instructor Compensation
First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a 2 credit hour course offered in Area B2 of the core curriculum.
In its third year of implementation, the course is part of UWG’s LEAP West! Initiatives and is designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to academic learning at the college level. Each of our XIDS 2002 courses should include at least the following three outcomes:
- Adapt written and oral communication to specific rhetorical purposes and audiences
- Recognize and begin to implement the skills necessary to become life-long, active learners through the exploration of an academic topic that focuses on a contemporary and/or enduring topic, question, or problem
- Identify, evaluate, and use information, language, or technology appropriate to a specific purpose
The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of resources, services, and consultation models, each designed to provide faculty with professional development opportunities and advice to improve teaching.
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
- Location: Basement of Old Auditorium (Across from Ingram Library, between Miller Hall & Anthropology)
- Phone: 678-839-5289
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Teaching and Learning is a great resource for First-Year Seminar Instructors who need assistance with CourseDen development. Click here to access CourseDen tutorials, or contact the CTL for information about drop-in workshops or personalized training.
The Counseling Center provides free, confidential counseling and support services to all enrolled UWG students.
- Location: 123 Row Hall
- Phone: 678-839-6428
- Email: email@example.com
Office of University Ombuds
The Office of University Ombuds provides an accessible, informal channel of communication to facilitate non-adversarial means of dispute resolution and to promote conflict management and cooperation throughout the University community. The office will work to resolve concerns, complaints and questions about University policies, procedures and practices in a neutral, impartial and confidential manner.
- Strozier Hall, Room 218
- (678) 839-4165
Faculty, staff, students, and parents may use UWG Cares to request assistance or intervention for a distressed individual, as well as to report disturbing or disruptive behavior or suspicious activity.
Instructors who teach FYS have a commitment to the following:
- Developing a course around an engaging, academically-focused topic. The chosen topic should exhibit the instructor’s passion for learning and their interest in sharing their love of learning with first-year students;
- Helping first-year students make a successful transition to college-level learning by serving as an instructor and as an academic mentor; and
- Using course content to help students reflect upon the value of active learning and provide them with some of the introductory skills they need to become active learners.
Current UWG faculty and staff who have a Master's or terminal degree can apply to teach XIDS 2002; staff members must obtain faculty status if selected to teach. Interested instructors should contact Jenna Harte, Assistant Director of Academic Transition Programs, with any questions.
Instructors who teach a FYS section will receive a $2,000 stipend if the seminar is taught beyond assigned courses or workload. Instructors can elect to receive the stipend in the form of:
- Professional development funds
- Must request by May 1, 2020
- Email Jenna Harte (Assistant Director of ATP) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Approved Uses of Professional Development (PDF, 96KB)
- Salary supplement
- Minus tax deductions
- Payments occur in October & December
- Split compensation
- Professional development funds totaling $1,000
- Salary supplement totaling $1,000