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Fill out the Instructor Application to apply to teach UNI 101 First-Year Seminar for Fall 2014!

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For additional information about the First-Year Seminar program and future teaching opportunities, contact Rebecca Stultz, First-Year Seminar Coordinator, at (910) 962-7970 or email stultzr@uncw.edu.

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Why Teach a First-Year Seminar Course?

First-Year Seminar is taught by UNCW faculty, staff, and administrators who are dedicated to first-year student learning and success. Most UNI faculty find this experience personally and professionally rewarding as it provides them an opportunity to contribute to first-year persistence and offers them a deeper understanding of student perspectives and needs.

Assisting students in developing effective self-management and study strategies can often mean the difference between success and failure in the first year, regardless of academic aptitude or preparation. By fostering increased self-awareness, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and early engagement with the UNCW community, FYS faculty can have a significant positive impact on student success. Research also indicates that academic habits and attitudes established in the first year of college remain respectively stable through subsequent semesters, so the first term becomes a critical period in which approaches to learning can be shaped to best serve the student.

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How to Become a FYS Instructor

Recruitment of FYS faculty is ongoing with an annual call for instructors distributed campus-wide in January. First-Year Seminar instructors are drawn from the ranks of the full-time or part-time faculty, academic advisors, university administrators, and student affairs professionals. Currently, our instructors represent over thirty UNCW offices and departments. The minimum qualifications to teach FYS are:

  • A Master's degree or higher academic degree from an accredited institution (official transcript(s) required)
  • Prior experience in college teaching, student services, academic advising, or counseling
  • Interest in supporting new student transition and the unique needs of first-year students
  • Approval of supervisor or department chair

All new instructors must complete a FYS Information Session during January or February. These hour-sessions will cover UNI as part of University Studies, the curriculum of UNI, and instructor expectations. All instructors are also required to attend a day-long Instructor Orientation Workshop in April.

Applications for FYS will only be accepted after attendance at an FYS Information Session. Applications can be accessed below. You will be able to download your cover letter and/or resume/vitae via the online application. Please complete the appropriate application:

Interviews for new instructors will be scheduled once the cover letter, resume, and application have been received and reviewed. Returning instructors will not need to interview but must submit an updated resume via the online application. If you have questions about the First-Year Seminar instructor position, please contact Rebecca Stultz at stultzr@uncw.edu or (910) 962-7970.

FYS Instructor Development

Teaching a UNI section is contingent upon attending all instructor development sessions. UNI instructors who taught a section in Fall 2012 or 2013 must attend a Focus Group prior to submitting an application:

Returning UNI 101 Instructors: Focus Groups

Wednesday, January 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Thursday, January 23 | 9:00 - 10:00 am | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Friday, January 24 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Monday, January 27 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Tuesday, January 28 | 9:00 - 10:00 am | DePaolo Hall Room 1017

UNI instructors who taught in semesters prior to Fall 2012. and all new applicants must attend a First-Year Information Session prior to submitting an application:

First-Year Seminar Information Sessions

Thursday, January 30 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Friday, January 31 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Monday, February 3 | 9:00 - 10:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Monday, February 3 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Tuesday, February 4 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Tuesday, February 4 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017
Tuesday, February 4 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | DePaolo Hall Room 1017

Instructor Orientation and Instructor Workshops

New instructors are required to attend an instructor orientation held in April or May, as well as a half-day instructor workshop. Returning instructors are required to attend an all-day instructor workshop.


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